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SEW WHAT? Exhibit, February 2017

The Hattiesburg Arts Council sponsored a textile art exhibit and presentation at the Hattiesburg Cultural Center February 4, 2017. USM vocalists Cymon Davis and Angelica Sewer sang to open the program, followed by the featured speaker, Janice Hunter from Atlanta, who told about her African-inspired story quilts. Martha Ginn shared some history of Pine Belt Quilters and their 30 quilts on display. USM Apparel Construction and Design speakers displayed and described costumes for the Theatre Department. After trying to post my pictures, I am going to take an easier way out and refer you where there are far better pictures than mine: Go to Martha Ginn’s Facebook page as well as Hattiesburg Arts Council’s. There are excellent pictures there!

Janice Hunter

Martha Ginn

Ellen Hall

Joe Bingham


New Year/New Commitment

We started the New Year off by welcoming a roomful of members and a few guests. Barb Peters gave the “thought for the day” by talking about the word commitment. She reminded us of how we are committed to (for example) our pets, our church, the environment, our quilting, and our guild, encouraging us to be committed to PBQ. What a great thought to begin 2017!

Martha Ginn reported on the plans for the Hattiesburg Arts Council’s project SEW WHAT! The hands-on projects with students has been cancelled, and the event will be the Saturday, February 4 story quilts speaker Janice Hunter from Atlanta, and the opening of the month-long quilt exhibit at the Cultural Center. All who want to submit quilts for this exhibit need to get their quilts to Martha by January 31 for jurying by the Arts Council on February 1.

Fourteen members had perfect attendance in 2016; Margie Hancock’s name was drawn from these 14 and was awarded a $25 gift certificate from The Stitchin’ Post. Congratulations to all who were committed to PBQ in 2016.

20170113_122437Dianne McLendon introduced our Modern Classics Color Challenge for 2017. She said the challenge was designed to expand our skills and bring us into the Modern Quilt Movement. There is no fee for this challenge and no fabric given; participants will choose their color palette by drawing three crayons from a paper bag. Dianne will hand out three traditional block designs each month through September for us to transform into a modern version. Complete instructions are on the Modern Classics Color Challenge 2017 tab under Guild Activities  (here). The reveal date will be at the December meeting.

Square-in-SquareWorkshop: The January 25 workshop will be “A New Kind of Square in a Square” by Suzannah Patterson. She had a handout of supplies. If you didn’t sign up, call Suzannah.

Charitable activities: Turned in today: 19 pillows, 15 blankets, 25 mother pads, 12 walker totes, 6 catheter bag covers. Mary Nell Magee reminded us that CQ workers have cut and prepared “quilt kits” of strips or squares or yardage for people to take home and complete. Some are tops and backs with batting, ready for quilting. If you cannot attend CQ first Tuesdays, she always has work we can take home to complete and return.

Betty Bingham has cleaned up and organized our library to make books easy to find and borrow. This is a great resource and we appreciate Betty’s looking after it and rolling it into our meetings.

Snippets: Ellen Cox said that we sometimes wind up with blocks that don’t fit or match and we are reluctant to throw these away. She suggested they can be cut up and reassembled into other quilts. This little quilt uses these cut out sections as sashing for embroidered blocks.


Ellen Hall will have the Handbook ready at the February meeting. If you haven’t paid your dues or responded to Ellen’s inquiries, you won’t be in the printed book. Please help us get our handbook complete.

Reminder of MQA Spring Gathering in Brandon February 17-18. The program will celebrate MQA’s 25th anniversary and will recognize charter members and former presidents. We are proud that seven of these presidents are members of Pine Belt Quilters: Martha Ginn, Ollie Jean Lane, Ellen Hall, Ella Lucas, Mary Nell Magee, Shirley Wiltshire, and Marietta Johnson. Details of the Gathering can be found in the January 2017 newsletter on MQA’s website:

See you at the next meeting–February 8—featuring Fractured Quilts by Marilyn Rose from Ridgeland. Marilyn will teach a Fractured Quilts Workshop on February 22.

December Quilts and Travel Poster Challenge

Our last meeting of 2016 started off with our president Connie Hitt inspiring us with Psalm 23.


Rebekah Stark Johnson and Alehandro Wooten of Hattiesburg Arts Council

Special visitors were Rebekah Stark Johnson, executive director of Hattiesburg Arts Council, and her assistant, Alehandro Wooten, who told us of an exciting event—SEW WHAT!–they are planning February 4, 6 and 7, 2017. SEW WHAT! will feature a quilt exhibit and interactive activities to introduce students to sewing by hand and by machine. PBQ members are invited to display their quilts during February and also to help with the hands-on activities February 6 and 7. Please sign up with Martha Ginn.


The reveal of the Travel Poster Challenge was exciting to see. Thirteen members completed the challenge and the pieces were displayed. The winners were chosen by paper ballot. What a difficult decision with so many excellent pieces! Winners were 1st Tina Dickens, 2nd Betty Allen, 3rd (tie) Jo-Ann Evans and Linda Flanders.

Completed Travel Poster Challenge quilts

Completed Travel Poster Challenge Quilts


Makers of Travel Poster Challenge Quilts


Mon Musiette from WDAM filming at the meeting

Charitable activities: Figures for today and the year include 52 (394 year) pillows, 14 (160) blankets, 35 (188) mother pads, 14 (220) walker totes and 6 (104) catheter bag covers. Today we gave 75 Christmas stockings, 174 children’s quilts. Our July quilts totaled 180. Appreciation was expressed to Joe Bingham, who made or completed 150 children’s quilts during 2016. 

174 Children's Quilts

174 Children’s Quilts

75 Christmas Stockings and Gifts

75 Christmas Stockings and Gifts

Annie Jackson described the new name and services rendered by Canopy Children’s Services (formerly called South Mississippi Children’s Services). Having “Mississippi” in the name led people to think it was a state agency receiving state funding, so the name change clarifies that it is a private agency and depends on contributions. She said they temporarily house children from abused or emergency situations, setting up school enrollment, tutoring, and medical visits and helping make good memories to replace some sad ones.

Forrest General Hospital representative Leigh Ann Leonard, manager of nursery and NICU, accepted quilts for FGH. Joan Harper, volunteer at Merit Health Wesley is retiring and introduced Howard Franklin, administrator of the Transitional Care Unit, who took quilts to share there. Riley Herrin from the Shafer Center again spoke of the comfort quilts provided her clients. HFD firemen reminded us of some safety measures we can take; they got an emergency call and missed lunch, but quilts were delivered to the office for them to distribute where needed.

Agency Representatives to receive quilts

Agency Representatives to receive quilts

Several of our members helped Sue Eddy from Vancleave in her efforts to furnish quilts for victims of flooding in Louisiana by taking the quilts home to add bindings. Anne Esteve reported that 210 quilts were sent to Baton Rouge, and 76 quilts were being sent to fire victims in the Gatlinburg area. 

A delicious lunch of roast beef, broiled chicken, mashed potatoes, green beans, fruit salad, dessert and rolls was provided by Seasoned with Love.

Our officers have an exciting 2017 planned for us! Be sure to renew your dues with Ellen Hall so she can complete the membership handbook.

November Meeting–Karen K Stone

Connie Hitt welcomed members and several guests. Julie Radavich gave the thought for the day. She told the story of a lobster who started out small and when he got tight and uncomfortable, left his home/shell for another. She emphasized that we grow when forced to face difficult or uncomfortable situations.

20161109_102721It was an amazing two days with Karen K Stone here in Hattiesburg. She spoke and presented a trunk show for our general meeting on Wednesday and then conducted a workshop on Thursday. After she spoke and demonstrated her unique color theory, using her quilts as examples, we sorted and arranged fabrics and learned how to see and think creatively. Great class! Each student brought different types of fabrics and we were able to learn something from each example as Karen worked with these. Our class pattern was the Indian Orange Peel, and several got some sewing done; my favorite part was listening to Karen discuss each person’s fabrics, so some of us followed her around like puppies. We can sew at home; we wanted to see how her brain worked.kkstone-fabricskkstone-name2kkstone-nameiop

Dianne McLendon reminded us that the Travel Poster Challenge was due at the December meeting. We will have our luncheon and quilt give-away, so if you have a partially finished quilt, please try to finish and bring, along with stockings and gifts for Domestic Abuse Family Shelter. Lunch will be catered by Seasoned With Love; make your reservation with Connie Hitt if you did not sign up at the meeting. Cost is $10 for choice of roast beef or baked chicken.

magee-wiltshire-stockingsShirley Wiltshire and Mary Nell Magee demonstrated making Christmas stockings and said there would be fabric and instructions available at the Boutique workshop on Thursday, December 8. Please come and help make stockings to give at our December meeting.

Sue Eddy from Vancleve was at the meeting with about 35 quilts that needed binding. Sue has quilted these and will get them to Louisiana flood victims. Thanks to all who took these home to complete.

Snippets: Martha Ginn showed slides of how to repair a damaged piece of batting (When Your Cat Destroys Your Batting) by laying a new piece of batting over the damaged section, cutting both layers at the same time, removing the damaged area, and then ironing strips of Pellon fusible nonwoven interfacing over the edges where the new joins the original. 

Charitable Activities: Today we received several quilts, pillows, preemie blankets, mother pads, and walker totes or catheter bag covers, but  did not record the numbers. Thanks to all those who regularly contribute to our charitable projects.

We elected a board member to replace Gloria Green, who has moved to Madison. Barbara Peters agreed to serve and was elected.

It is time to pay 2017 dues; to help with accuracy, please complete the membership form and give to Ellen Hall with your $20 cash or check. This is necessary to try to get our handbook as accurate as possible. People change email addresses and phone numbers, and filling out a form each year will keep our records correct.

October Meeting–Quilt Show Wrap-Up and Angel Gowns

ribbons1234Our October 12 meeting fell three days after the end of the quilt show. We were tired but happy over a beautiful, successful show. Committee chairs reported on their areas. We had 252 quilts entered, with only three of these not turned in. We learned just a few weeks before the show that Lake Terrace had booked the South end of the building for Monday and Tuesday and we had to make other arrangements for checking in and judging the quilts. They allowed us to use the main hallway for these first two days, so we set up receiving tables, staging tables, and 17 judging stations there. Joe Bingham had prepared a detailed map of where each quilt was to hang, and the Lake Terrace staff had the pipe and drape set up ahead of time, so as soon as a category was judged, the quilts were hung. Scribes and holders worked with Diane Leclair, NACQJ judge from San Antonio, TX, who examined and critiqued each of the quilts. Dianne McLendon had prepared beautiful 6″ Dresden Plate blocks to adorn the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Honorable Mention ribbons, and we had made a decision to give double ribbons on team quilts–which meant that Dianne made 109 Dresden Plate blocks plus several extra. The Best of Show-Large and -Small and other Special Awards received purchased rosettes.

We sold 1,313 admission tickets at the door with comp tickets and our members adding approximately 200 to this number, so it is estimated we had 1,500 guests over the three days. It was exciting to see people lined up waiting for the opening on Friday. Margie Hancock had 14 interesting free lectures arranged, which were attended by a total of 495 visitors. The Silent Auction area was a hotbed of activity, mainly over Frances Good’s Christmas Tree wall hanging, which eventually sold for $215. Our raffle quilt brought in close to 6,000 in ticket sales. It was won by Carol Bates of Ellisville. Carolyn Kimble’s “My Barn Quilt” won Viewers’ Choice. Juliann Smith photographed all the quilts and prepared a CD which can be purchased at Stewart’s Camera for $10.70. Call before you go to be sure they have them available. Meanwhile, here are a few pictures.

Waiting for opening

Waiting for opening

Diane Leclair, judge

Diane Leclair, judge


During judging

During judging

During judging

Silent Auction

Silent Auction

PBQ charitable activities

PBQ charitable activities display

Viewers' Choice: Carolyn Kimble's "My Barn Quilt,"

Viewers’ Choice: Carolyn Kimble’s “My Barn Quilt”

Also at the October meeting, guest Caryn Burkett from Columbia spoke to us about an organization which makes “Angel Gowns” from wedding dresses for burial gowns or keepsakes for babies who do not survive. She is looking for helpers to take apart the wedding dresses and create gowns for these babies. Her contact information is 601-319-0826, 

Caryn Burkett

Caryn Burkett

Connie Hitt holding one of the little gowns made from a wedding dress

Connie Hitt holding one of the little gowns made from a wedding dress

Another service project we are offering to take part in is adding bindings to quilts quilted by Sue Eddy for Louisiana flood relief. She will have some quilts at our next meeting for us to take home to complete.

Next meeting (November 9) features Karen K. Stone with her foundation pieced quilts to inspire us. Karen will teach an all-day workshop the following day on the Indian Orange Peel pattern. Cost is $40 for PBQ members, $60 otherwise. Contact Susie Jackson to sign up. 

September Meeting with Betty Magee

We have been so busy this fall getting ready for the quilt show and holding the quilt show that regular activities have been pushed aside. This blog post will be brief and probably overlook items we usually cover. Our speaker at the September meeting was Betty Magee from Mendenhall, whose specialty is crazy quilts. Betty is a retired teacher who also trains and shows retrievers. She made her first crazy quilt about 10 years ago after admiring one her great-grandmother made in 1890. She collects all types of fabrics and enjoys mixing these for more interest, creating a new piece from old. Betty makes her quilts on squares of muslin foundation which is left in place. She begins with a center square or an irregular shape and machine sews bits of fabric in a circular fashion to create blocks; these blocks are joined into a larger piece and hand embroidery is added along the seam lines. 

Betty Magee

Betty Magee

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Some good news about one of our prolific quilters: Joe Bingham had two pieces accepted into the 2017 Hoffman Challenge. There were 22 friendship blocks (Hard Rock pattern) turned in, and Joe’s name was drawn. We received 56 pillows, nine preemie blankets, 30 walker totes and eight catheter bag covers. In spite of heavy quilt show preparations, our members are finding time to share their skills with others.

Snippets: Ellen Cox showed how to pull DMC floss from the numbered end of the skein to avoid tangling. She also told us that looking down the side of a spool of variegated thread rather than looking straight on the side will help see how the color will look when sewn.

August and ABCs of Good Design

Connie Hitt welcomed a large roomful of members and guests to our August meeting. Betty Allen’s  thought for the day encouraged those who suffer from depression to seek help that is available and spoke of the value of counting our blessings and finding comfort through  scripture.

Anne Hindmarch

Our member Anne Hindmarch presented an enlightening program on “The ABCs of Good Design,” describing how she adapts any pattern to the size she wants by using a variety of grids. She showed examples of these and how she uses graph paper to draw her designs. Anne relies on the color wheel in making color choices, saying that the easiest combinations are complimentary colors, those opposite on the color wheel (think of red and green, popular Christmas colors), and how these can be lightened to become tints and darkened to become shades while still in the selected color family.

Anne recommends prewashing fabrics to remove loose dye and chemicals and to take care of shrinkage. She advised checking the accuracy of your acrylic rulers, as well as carefully placing them on the fabric. She said, “Know your machine, keep it clean, and change your needle often. Look at nature for design inspiration.” She described the Fibonacci theory and how it can be seen in pine cones, shells, flowers. Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry’s quilts often employ this theory.

Dianne McLendon said she has a few more kits for the Travel Poster Challenge (due back in December), as well as Friendship Blocks (due in September). Mary Nell Magee encouraged us to continue to make Children’s Quilts to be given in December. She corrected the number of donated quilts at July meeting to 180 instead of the 160 reported.

Snippets: The team of Missy Lee, Ellen Cox, and Dianne McLendon showed a tutorial they had prepared on several ways to accurately cut half-square triangles. Thanks to these for using our camera, computer and projector to help us see demonstrations. Thanks also to Tina Dickens for filming and projecting our speakers so everyone in the room can see. Great use of our funds for education!


Ellie Gill and her students show their Over and Under quilts Ellie taught at the July workshop.

Quilt Show: So much to think about and talk about! Joe Bingham has agreed to prepare the Hanging Map. Thanks, Joe!

Ribbons: Dianne McLendon has made beautiful Dresden Plate circles to attach to our 1st, 2nd, 3rd and HM ribbons. We have discussed many times how to fairly recognize the maker and quilter on team entries and are planning to give double ribbons in team categories (not double prize money, only ribbons). As in the past, if the award is one of the special $250 awards specifically for quilting, the award/money goes to the quilter.

Judge: Our judge will be Diane (De) Leclair from San Antonio. She is a member of NACQJ (National Association of Certified Quilt Judges). She said in an email: “I will also be bringing a NACQJ Award of Merit with me. It is an award that I like to give to a quilt that has something very special about it–perhaps a technique, design, something special out of the ordinary. I will enclose a link to our site with a picture and explanation.” We hope to have De give a lecture after the judging that will be open to all our membership (probably Wednesday afternoon). More about that later.

Publicity/Raffle Tickets: We have 100 beautiful posters available today (thanks, Ellen Hall). Take these and post wherever you have a chance. Stacks of bookmarks are on each table. Hand one of these to everyone you see from now until show time. Be sure to sell your raffle quilt tickets. Every member is responsible for selling at least 20 tickets. You may purchase your own tickets; if you need more tickets, call Kaye Christensen.

Boutique: Continue to bring in items for the boutique. Shirley Wiltshire and Betty Bingham will bring any leftover boutique items from the storage building for sale.

Staffing: Barb Peters is in charge of staffing. She passed out slips our members could fill out for the shifts they can work. Everyone who works at least six hours during the Friday-Saturday-Sunday of the show is entitled to free admission. All others should purchase a ticket. Of course, we also need lots of help from Monday through Thursday for receiving quilts, judging and hanging the show.

Lectures: Here is the schedule of free lectures Margie Hancock has organized. Attend as many of these as you can (working around your duty schedule).






Jodi Barrows

Square in a Square (Never sew a triangle again)


Betty Reid

Quilts with Meaning


Ellie Gill

Batiks Trunk Show


Jodi Barrows

Trunk Show and History of Women and Their Quilts


Missy Lee

Fun and Done

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Alma Moates

Quilt Appraising





Jodi Barrows

Square in a Square (Never sew a triangle again)


Judy Spiers

Mini Quilts


Anne Hindmarch

Using the Color Wheel to Design Quilts


Jodi Barrows

Trunk Show and History of Women and Their Quilts


Cheryl Owens and Teresa Pino

Traditional to Contemporary Quilting


Judy Momenzadeh and Mary Felder

Personal Stories; Gelatin Plate/Screen Printing





Betty Moore

Machine Embroidery


Betty Allen

Hand and Machine Applique


In the news:

After 47 years of publication, Quilters Newsletter magazine will go out of business after its October/November issue.

Machine Quilters Showcase and the International Machine Quilters Association voted to dissolve both these organizations.

AQS will cease publishing quilting books.

Michael’s is purchasing Hancock’s inventory.

Jo-Ann’s is moving into the Hattiesburg Hancock location.

Donating Quilts in July

160 quilts ready to give

Connie Hitt welcomed several visitors and a new member to our July meeting and we all joined in singing “God Bless America.” Betty Allen gave the thought for the day, reminding us of many things that are wonderful about our lives and our country.

Quilt Show: Martha Ginn reminded the group about the August 1 deadline for discounted entry fee and encouraged members to get their entries in. Last show’s sponsors and businesses with ads in the catalog have been contacted. Suzannah Patterson has sent press releases to 98 newspapers around the state, and we will take pictures today of groups in front of the raffle quilt for hometown newspapers. Watch for these photos and bring in a copy for our Publicity Committee.

Beth McDaniel

Beth McDaniel

We finance our show through ticket sales on the raffle quilt, sales in the boutique, and contributions from the community. If you know of someone who would like to be a sponsor or advertise in our show catalog, be sure to pass this information on to Martha. Ellen Hall prepares the entry descriptions, and Linda Flanders does an outstanding job of preparing the catalog, and we want to give them as much time as we can for this huge undertaking. 

bookmark-finalThe Lucky Rabbit, a craft fair on Mobile Street in downtown Hattiesburg, draws about 4,000 people on the weekends it is open, we have been told. The LR is open four days each month beginning the first Thursday of the month–which means in October it is open the same weekend as our quilt show. We hope to get some posters and other publicity there to help direct people to our show. Our bookmarks are a big hit and are being distributed by our members and sent to shops all over the state. Be sure to take a handful of these and pass them out freely!

Charitable activities: Today we received 24 preemie blankets, 10 mother’s scent pads, 14 pillows, 16 walker totes, and 8 catheter bag covers. We appreciate all the ongoing volunteer work done by our caring members.

Parade of Children’s Quilts: The main event of today’s meeting was the parade of quilts and distribution of completed quilts to various agencies in our area. Many members work all year on children’s quilts, and these in the “parade” give us a chance to highlight and vote on a favorite. Only five were in the parade, but judging by the tables laden with approximately 160 quilts, it is obvious that our members have been generous. 2016-July-Parade

1st Betty Allen, 2nd Missy Lee, 3rd Anne Esteve

1st Betty Allen, 2nd Missy Lee, 3rd Anne Esteve

Annie Jackson from South Mississippi Children’s Center described the work they do in taking care of children who have to be removed from their home. This can be from a few days to a couple of months, and all children are given a PBQ quilt to take when they leave the shelter. Annie said some come with their belongings in a plastic bag. The shelter is trying to collect small suitcases, back packs and gym bags so that each child can leave with their clothes in something more permanent. We can help with this effort! Look through your closets.

Riley Herrin from Shafer Center for Crisis Intervention told about counseling a young Spanish-speaking victim and her family and the difficulty and confusion of working through an interpreter. But when the girl was allowed to chose a quilt to be her very own, the language barrier seemed to be lifted and smiles were finally seen. 2016-July  RileyHerrin-AJackson

Leigh Ann Leonard (from Forrest General) and Joan Harper (volunteer at Merit Health-Wesley) accepted quilts for these two hospitals. Leigh Ann described how touching it had been recently for her own son to be the recipient of a quilt. Representatives from the fire department were unable to attend, but some quilts were saved for them. We gave about 160 quilts and also sent some to the Ronald McDonald House in Jackson.2016-July LALeonard-AJackson]

Each of our guests stressed how meaningful these quilts had been to the recipients, who often found it amazing that PBQ would make these for people they don’t even know. There were quite a few tears and sniffles evident, and I think we all felt good about the joy that PBQ can bring. Thanks to Mary Nell for heading up the CQ group, as well as those who come to the workdays and work on these projects at home.


We enjoyed a delicious barbeque lunch catered by Stonewall’s Barbeque. Thanks to our members who brought desserts.

Hard Rock

Hard Rock

Dianne McLendon introduced the Friendship Block called Hard Rock (pictured here); it will be due back in September.

She also reminded us to be working on our Travel Poster Challenge, which is due in December.

Snippets: Ellen Cox showed a video she had prepared which helps to eliminate bulk at the corners of our bindings.

PBQ will host the Hattiesburg section of the 2016 MQA Educational Seminar taught by Mickey Depre on Friday and Saturday, July 22 and 23. The classes are Summer Carnival and Pieced Hexies Buffet.

Paper Piecing with Gloria Green

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Gloria’s quilt “John’s Floral Fantasy”

After president Connie Hitt welcomed the group, which included several visitors and two new members, Elvia Edwards gave the thought for the day.

Gloria Green presented our program on Paper Piecing, also called Foundation Piecing. She related that this is a very old technique and that our mothers and grandmothers used newspapers, telephone books, Sears catalogs, and fabric as foundations. The paper foundations were meant to be removed, but many antique quilts have been dated by the bits of paper found sewn beneath the quilt top. Dixie Haywood and Jane Hall, the authors of eight books, are considered masters of foundation piecing, and they present several different methods, some with foundation on the back and some with foundation on the front (for greater accuracy). Gloria recommended their books for beginners and experienced quilters. Instead of using paper (which has to be picked out), Gloria recommends a thin fabric-like product used for covering aisles in a church for a wedding. It comes on a large roll about 30” wide (called “bridal aisle”) and can be found in the wedding accessories section at Hobby Lobby . June-GloriaGreen (4)-rsz

Foundation piecing allows one to piece very accurately whether the pattern is a simple one or very difficult. Gloria said Judy Niemeyer’s quilt designs (found online at are good examples of difficult patterns. Gloria had her first class with Judy Niemeyer several years ago at a GSQA seminar and had a dream of one day attending a week-long retreat to create another of Niemeyer’s designs. Last October Gloria did just that in Kalispell, Montana, staying at the retreat center overlooking Flathead Valley. She spent three weeks cutting her fabric in preparation for the week of sewing. She showed slides of the facility and the progress she made on her quilt.


Carol Doak pattern for workshop

Gloria will lead the paper piecing workshop on June 22, making four blocks of a Carol Doak pattern for a wall hanging.  She encouraged us to attend shows and classes and to take advantage of any seminar or retreat we can to inspire us and improve our skills.

We hate to lose Gloria when she moves to Madison the end of this month. She has been a valued member of our guild, serving as president, quilt show chair, board member, as well as being willing to help in many capacities, such as today’s program and the workshop following. We honored her with a cake and small gift to show our appreciation.

June-GloriaGreen (2)-rszAfter Gloria’s program we shopped at our annual Treasure Hunt. This was a great way for some to clean out overflowing closets and pass on fabric and notions to others who were happy to take these things home for their own closets! In addition to pocket money for members and taking in money for the guild, we added quite a few items to our storage unit that will be brought back out for the Boutique at the quilt show. We were reminded of the MQA June Gathering coming up June 17-18 in Jackson and that it is not too late to sign up by going to the June 2016 newsletter on MQA’s website:

Quilt Show: Martha Ginn showed the new bookmarks we have ordered and invited members to take as many as they were willing to and to pass them out everywhere they went. People love using the bookmarks and appreciate being told “this is your personal invitation to our show. Save this and mark your calendar.” The bookmarks show our entire raffle quilt with all the show information on one side and a detail shot of a section of the quilt on the reverse. They should encourage people to want to buy tickets. Speaking of selling tickets, several of our members took the quilt to the Blueberry Jubilee in Poplarville June 11 and sold tickets before a little rainstorm interrupted them for a while. It will also be on display in Jackson July 17-18 at the MQA June Workshop Gathering. Tickets are selling well. Contact Kaye Christensen for more when you run out.


bookmark-finalWe will be taking pictures of groups of quilters in front of the raffle quilt at the July meeting to be sent to hometown newspapers. Suzannah Patterson will be organizing this; be sure to gather with your local group when asked.

Remember our early entry deadline for a $3.00 discount is August 1. The firm deadline for all quilts is August 15. See the website for all other information. We need ads for our show catalog. Rates are $50 for a quarter-page; $100 for a half-page; $150 for a full page. Send the information to Martha or request that she contact.

Charitable activities: Today we took in 30 children’s quilts, 34 pillows, 13 preemie blankets, 20 scent pads, 15 walker totes, and 9 catheter covers.  We will have the Parade of Children’s Quilts at the July meeting and donate our supply of quilts to several agencies. Be sure to bring any Children’s Quilts you have finished.

July Barbeque Lunch catered by Stonewall Barbeque. Make your reservation with Connie Hitt; cost is $8.00. Menu is choice of pulled pork or barbeque chicken, with baked beans, potato salad, and coleslaw. Several members volunteered to bring dessert.

Snippets: Ellen Cox said Super Glue is the perfect remedy for cut fingers!  You know how easily you can get a little slice with your rotary cutter that hurts for days? If you seal it with Super Glue, it will heal quickly and you can remove the SG with fingernail polish remover.

Congratulations to Betty Reid for designing the Row by Row pattern, “Mississippi Magnolia,” for Let’s Make Something, in Laurel. The pattern is free (kit $12) and features raw-edge appliqué, fusible appliqué, and needleturn appliqué. A second Row by Row pattern, “Home Sweet Home,” is available with purchase of a $9 kit at the shop (located at 1317 Hwy 15 North, Suite E, Laurel).

Betty Reid's Row by Row Pattern

Betty Reid (left) and her Row by Row Pattern, “Mississippi Magnolia,” with Melissa Holman (right) of Laurel

Home Sweet Home Row By Row

“Home Sweet Home” Row By Row

May–Cindy Pannier with Scrap Quilts

President Connie Hitt welcomed a full room of quilters, with a couple of visitors and a new member. Margie Hancock and Martha Ginn read “Sometimes Quilts Need to Talk, Too,” which pointed out that a quilt’s bringing comfort rather than being in a show or winning a ribbon was a good outcome for a quilt.

Cindy Pannier's Japanese Lanterns

Cindy Pannier’s Japanese Lanterns

Our speaker was Cindy Pannier, from Brandon, who shared her love of scraps and scrap quilts. She told us how she looks on scraps as resources, just as much as yardage. She recommended when there was very little of a piece of fabric left cutting it into specific sizes of scraps to save for future projects, adding that these cut bits take up less room than large pieces. Her favorite book with valuable instruction on how best to cut and use scraps is Cut the Scraps! by Joan Ford. Joan utilizes Layer Cakes and fat quarters and cuts fabric into 5”, 3-1/2” and 2” strips. Cindy said if we analyze our fabrics, we will find that they are 10% darks, 10% lights, and 80% mediums, so when shopping try to add more darks and lights.

Scrap quilts can benefit from a unifying fabric for background or border. After making this Japanese Lanterns quilt, Cindy bordered it with orphan blocks left from many classes and projects.

CindyPannier5 The quilt on the right is made from 5-1/2” squares with diagonal strips. Swapping strips with friends can add much more interest and variety to our scrap quilts.

Cindy will teach a scrap quilt workshop May 25 in Choral Hall; participants need to preregister and bring 100 5” squares divided into 10 plastic bags to exchange with others. Each bag needs to contain 10 different fabrics.


Connie read thank-you notes from a recipient of one of our Children’s Quilts at Merit Health-Wesley and from DAFS, as well as two members. We were happy to hear cancer-free reports from Anne Esteve and Kaye Christensen.

Travel Poster Challenge: Dianne McLendon passed out the fabrics we are to incorporate in our Challenge piece. These are due at the December meeting. See Guild Activities/Travel Poster Challenge for all instructions.

Snippets: Ellen Cox gave us a suggestion to cut down on mismatched orphan blocks. She recommended that we prepare a “workshop toolbox” containing some basic sewing supplies as well as these fabrics: a focus fabric, print, stripe, plaid, light and dark. If you use these same fabrics for each class, you are more likely to have a set of blocks that will coordinate and can be used for a project later. Sounds like a great idea!

Charitable Activities: Today we received 83 pillows (thanks, Josette, for making 60); 20 preemie blankets, 10 mother scent pads; 22 walker totes, and 20 catheter bag covers.

Raffle Quilt/Blueberry Jubilee: Kay Christensen reported she has distributed 4,000 tickets and received back 912 sold. We usually sell lots of tickets at the Blueberry Jubilee in Poplarville and need people to sign up to help, particularly in the afternoon. The date is Saturday, June 11, and there will be a shade tent and access to Shirley’s air conditioning and restroom. This is a popular festival with arts and crafts, entertainment, and fresh blueberries. Sign up at the June meeting or call Mary Nell Magee.

Notice our raffle quilt in the background of the two pictures above. Do your friends a favor by inviting them to buy tickets!

The June program and workshop will be on paper piecing by Gloria Green. It is also the time for our Treasure Hunt. This is when you may bring anything you want to sell. Price your items and have your name on an envelope or stand nearby. Place your items on the tables around the walls; the sale will take place after the program.

July is our Parade of Children’s Quilts and give away. We hope to have lots of new quilts to show and add to the ones ready to give.