Pine Belt Quilters Blog

May 2015

We met on a beautiful spring day May 13. President Susie Jackson thanked Pat Routon’s group for ample refreshments in spite of the fact that many on this group were unable to come. We will miss Lois Livingston, who passed away April 29. Even though well up in years, she was an active member of the Children’s Quilts group, taking home fabric and bringing back quilt tops every meeting. Condolences were expressed to Janeil Harris on the loss of her father. Many of our members have health concerns or surgery–Kathy Houseal, Shirley Glaab, Otha Mae Edwards, and Peggy Gable; we wish them well.

Linda Flanders and Susie Jackson have designed our raffle quilt–a setting of 16 Dresden Plate blocks with four large corners of outstanding appliqué. Four people are preparing the corners, and members took packets to make the Dresden Plate blocks. Linda showed a video she had prepared with instructions on construction. We are really benefiting from our camera and projector purchases, though still getting familiar with this high-tech equipment.

The program was by Martha Ginn, who showed a PowerPoint presentation of Pathways– which described Caryl Bryer Fallert-Gentry’s Applipiecing® technique. This technique facilitates the joining of sections which would be difficult to piece in the traditional way. It also allows us to draw our own designs to make our quilt unique, using “pathways” of Flying Geese, Piano Keys, Blocks, Spikes, and solid fabrics. Martha showed several quilts she has made after learning this technique. She will teach a Pathways Workshop on May 27. Supply lists were given with sign-up.

Ribbons of Change

Ribbons of Change

Leaf Study: Dieffenbacchia

Leaf Study: Dieffenbachia

Dianne McLendon, our Shapely Challenge chair, gave us instructions for Step 2–Squares and Half-Square Triangles. We are to create four different 12” blocks incorporating these two shapes. Fuller instructions and examples of 2” grid, 3” grid, and 4” grid blocks are on the Shapely Challenge 2015-16 tab under Guild Activities on the website. If you have any questions, contact Dianne (see your member directory).

Susie announced that Martha Ginn had agreed to be Show Chair for the 2016 show, with the theme being “Dresden Plates Now and Then.” Martha asked members to join in the anticipation and excitement of our show and to tell her how they preferred to take part. We have held 15 highly successful shows and learned a lot about how to do them, and if we tap our known resources and draw in our new talent, we should have another show to be proud of.

Betty Moore invited members to come and work with Children’s Quilts on the first Tuesday of each month. Check the Children’s Quilt tab under Guild Activities on the website to see what a great learning and fellowship opportunity this is!

Snippets: Missy Lee showed us a new ruler which is especially useful for preparing half-square triangles. It is called Bloc_Loc and has a groove on the diagonal where the seam allowance can fit into, allowing no slipping or rocking while squaring up. You can read more about these rulers on their website: http://www.blocloc.com/blocloc.htm

Capture Bloc-LocLeslie Kiger, our award-winning member who moved to St. Simons Island, GA, will be back to present our June 10 program, “What It Takes to Win,” followed by a workshop the following day (Thursday, June 11) on the Eldon block by Laundry Basket Quilts. Preregistration is necessary because Leslie will need to bring patterns for this class. The class fee is $15.00 plus $11.00 for the pattern. If you did not sign up at the meeting, contact Susie Jackson (see membership directory).

Eldon pattern by Laundry Basket Quilts

Eldon pattern by Laundry Basket Quilts

Don’t miss the MQA June Workshop Gathering in Jackson June 12-13. The Blueberry Jubilee will take place in Poplarville on Saturday, June 13; Pine Belt Quilters will be set up in front of Shirley Wiltshire’s house with a blueberry quilt and others for display and sale. Proceeds benefit our Children’s Quilts efforts.

What a busy week! Quilt meeting Wednesday, June 10; Leslie’s workshop Thursday, June 11; MQA Gathering Friday-Saturday, June 12-13; Blueberry Jubilee Saturday, June 13.

April Meeting with Mary Holman

Our April meeting began on our NEW SCHEDULE of meeting the 2nd Wednesday of the month instead of the 3rd Wednesday. We successfully got the word out on that change but want to keep mentioning it. After all, a 30-year habit is hard to break!

President Susie Jackson asked vice president Paula Jones to give the thought for the day. Paula used references to the virtuous woman in the Bible (Proverbs 31:10-31) and compared her characteristics to those of quilters.

Our program was presented by Mary Holman, a quilter from Vicksburg. She calls herself “an ordinary quilter” but showed us some amazing quilts she has helped to create, convincing us that her abilities were far above ordinary.

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Mary Holman with some of her quilts

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April-MaryHolman-5Mary told us how much she enjoyed The Quilt Show (online at www.thequiltshow.com) with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson. After being a member of TQS for three years, she attended the International Quilt Festival in Houston (2010) and attended a “Meet & Greet” and became friends with several quilters from various locations. Over dinner they decided to collaborate on a quilt for the Group Category of the next show. Thus began The Amazing Eight and plans to work together–separately. Their first project was creating a quilt from a lily photograph divided into eight slices. It was accepted and hung in Houston.

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The lily quilt, “Friendlily Blossoming”

They next made a quilt using one of Ricky Tims’ photographs of a Native American in traditional dress, “Koshare Indian Dancer,” which was also accepted in Houston. They were pleased with their first efforts but knew to win they had to try harder. One of the group suggested making a quilt based on the Mayan calendar and they began searching for a good photo but instead found a good photo and detailed line drawing of the Aztec calendar. They contacted the maker, Tomas Filsinger, who freely granted permission for the use of his drawing as their pattern. Next they had to decide how to break the design up into eight portions for the quilters to work on. Of course, slicing vertically or horizontally was not a good way to approach a circular design, so they were more creative, each leaving a 2” margin to aid in assembling the sections. The quilt is 84″ x 85″.

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“Amazing Aztec-nicolor Dream Quilt”

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Showing how the pattern was divided among the eight

Mary describes the outcome as “a Cinderella moment,” when the quilt won a blue ribbon and $2,000 in the Group Category in October 2014 in Houston. Next it won a blue ribbon in the Road to California show and is currently entered in the AQS Show in Paducah April 23-26.

The Amazing Eight in Houston Front row: Mary Holman (Vicksburg, MS), Karen Fitzpatrick (Cleveland, OH), Wanda Myers (Shiner, TX) Back row: Carol Moellers (Greene, IA), Cindy Neville (St. Louis, MO), Mary Kay Runyan (Germantown, TN), Dana Lynch (Olive Branch, MS) Represented by picture on stick is Bridget Lilja (Chicago, IL)

The Amazing Eight in Houston
Front row: Mary Holman (Vicksburg, MS), Karen Fitzpatrick (Cleveland, OH), Wanda Myers (Shiner, TX)
Back row: Carol Moellers (Greene, IA), Cindy Neville (St. Louis, MO), Mary Kay Runyan (Germantown, TN), Dana Lynch (Olive Branch, MS)
Represented by picture on stick is Bridget Lilja (Chicago, IL)

President’s Gift: It has been our practice to give a quilt to the outgoing president. Betty Allen and Paula Jones are coordinating the details for a quilt for Susie Jackson, who will go out the end of this year. Susie said since she quilts so much for others she has very little time to actually make blocks and she would prefer to receive blocks. Please make blocks divisible by 4 (example 4”, 8”, 12”, 16” plus seam allowance), and she prefers earth tones, not too much orange.

Charitable activities: Today we received 24 pillows, five preemie blankets, 13 walker totes, and six catheter bag covers. Three NICU isolette covers were given to Forrest General Hospital last week. We have supplies to make more and work days will be announced. Contact Martha Ginn if you want to help.

Children’s Quilts: There were 16 quilters at the April work day, and several kits are ready for others to take home and complete. A group has made a raffle quilt, quilted by Wanda Wallace, to raise funds for batting. Tickets are $1.00 and will be available from Mary Nell Magee or at the May meeting. The quilt will be raffled at the Blueberry Jubilee in June in Poplarville.

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Children’s Quilt Raffle Quilt for Blueberry Jubilee

 

Our membership stands at 143. We had fat quarter drawing and door prizes. The next workshop (April 22) will be on the Buzzsaw Quilt by Kathy Houseal and Barb Peters. Sign up required.

Friendship Block: Dianne had patterns and fabric for this month’s Friendship Block, called Ice Cold. She still has some Shapely Challenge packets available.

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Snippets: Missy Lee demonstrated Board Basting a quilt, a method developed by Sharon Shamber using two flat boards or slats longer than the width of the quilt. A herringbone stitch is used to secure the layers together, making the package very stable even if not quilted soon. Missy referred us to this website for good photos and demonstration of the method: http://www.right-sides-together.com/rst-guide-board-basting. Gloria Green said she has successfully basted two large quilts this way and recommends it.

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Missy Lee demonstrating Board Basting a quilt

 

March 2015 Meeting–Important Change of Date

Judy Byrd gave the thought for the day, which encouraged us to let Christ shine through our lives.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Susie Jackson said that University Baptist Church needs us to change our meeting day for our general guild meeting. We will move to the SECOND WEDNESDAY of each month, still in Kelley Fellowship Hall, beginning in April. All other regular meetings (Children’s Quilts, Boutique, Workshop) will remain on their original times in the Choral Hall. The information is correct on the website. Here is the schedule:

First Tuesdays: Children’s Quilts

Second Wednesdays: General Guild Meeting

Second Thursdays: Boutique

Fourth Wednesdays: Workshop

Next month’s meeting will feature Mary Holman from Vicksburg, whose program will describe the Aztec Calendar Quilt she and seven others made which won 1st place in the Group Category in Houston last fall and a top award in the recent Road to California show. Imagine a group project where the participants live all over the US! Don’t miss it. Remember–the SECOND Wednesday of April.

SHAPELY CHALLENGE: Dianne McLendon introduced our next challenge–called a “Shapely” Challenge. Here is the plan. Participants will pay $10.00 and receive a packet of five fat quarters made up from designers Robert Kaufman, Amy Butler, Kaffe Fassett, and Joel Dewberry. Each packet is different. Use these FQs (fat quarters) to build from, adding any other fabrics you desire. Just be sure these fabrics can be recognized in your quilt.

Beginning in March (Step 1), and every other month (May-Step 2, July-Step 3, September-Step 4, and November-Step 5), we will be assigned one or more SHAPES and instructed to make FOUR DIFFERENT 12” blocks (plus seam allowance). After receiving the shape instructions at these five meetings, we will have FOUR months to complete our project for the Reveal in March of 2016.

Step 1 (March 2015) shape is a SQUARE. Draw a grid and decide on how you want to design your block, remembering that you must only use squares. If some of the background turns out to be in a rectangular shape, this rectangle must be pieced in squares from the grid you have selected. You may use different grids for each of the four blocks. See grid examples:

Example of Grids for 12" blocks

Example of Grids for 12″ blocks

Margie Hancock, treasurer, presented and discussed our 2015 budget, reminding us that we have income from the show on even-numbered years but very little income on odd-numbered years. This makes creating Boutique items and selling raffle quilt tickets even more essential!

We had enough friendship blocks turned in to draw for eight winners. They are Willadean Bullock, Linda Basden, Renee Dembowski, Margarette Speights, Jo-Ann Evans, Tina Dickens, Marietta Johnson, and Barbara McGowen.

Missy Lee handing out Friendship Blocks

Missy Lee handing out Friendship Blocks

We are proud of our new camera and projector that the guild has purchased! The screen belongs to UBC but we are welcome to use it. When we are in Choral Hall, we can project onto a wall unless we buy our own screen for that space. This will be helpful in allowing everyone to see details. Today was our first time to use it, and we think we have the connections all figured out for smooth operation now.

New camera equipment

New camera equipment

Anne Esteve showed her Hawaiian Applique blocks and described the workshop she will hold on this technique on the 4th Wednesday of March. (The orchids in the background belong to Dr. David Owen and were used for a program at UBC the day before our meeting. We were privileged to enjoy these at our quilt meeting.)

Anne Esteve with her Hawaiian Applique

Anne Esteve with her Hawaiian Applique

Shirley Wiltshire reported on the many positive comments received from the MQA Gathering that we hosted last month. Special thanks goes to those who decorated the tables and provided demos for the afternoon. Mary Nell Magee had asked for volunteers to decorate tables, and we were amazed at the variety and ingenuity of these creations. We are proud of Pine Belt Quilters who helped in many ways to make the Gathering a success.

Boutique Projects: Donna Crager showed some upcoming Boutique projects. She challenged us each to bring a pin cushion to the April meeting along with directions on how to make it. Pin cushions will be the April Boutique project. May – patriotic table runners; June – online project TBA, no meeting as it falls on Leslie Kiger workshop.

Snippets: Missy Lee showed two ways to keep your acrylic ruler from sliding while you are using your rotary cutter. Mary Nell Magee added a third:

(1) Place dots of clear fingernail polish on the back of the ruler. Sprinkle the polish with salt. When the polish dries, the salt will act like sandpaper, gripping the fabric.

(2) Place strips of Nexcare flexible clear tape on the back of the ruler.

(3) Place strips of Scotch double-sided tape on the back of the ruler; place rubberized shelf liner on the tape.

Susie Jackson and Missy Lee with Snippets

Susie Jackson and Missy Lee with Snippets

Charitable activities:

Children’s Quilts reported that 18 quilters worked the first Tuesday in March, and that last year’s gifts totaled 226 quilts. Betty Moore has some kits available for quilters to take home to sew.

There were 46 pillows and 8 small blankets turned in today. We received 27 walker totes and 25 catheter bag covers.

A couple or three years ago we made 23 isolette covers for FGH NICU. These are washed and dried in super-heated conditions for sterility, and this shortens their service. The NICU is needing a new supply, and several of our members are interested in making these. The nurses prewash the materials for shrinkage. Betty Moore, Josette Bonfanti, Vivian Plummer, and Martha Ginn made three covers last month. Please contact Martha (601-264-6884) if you want to help with these. You will be notified when we have workdays.

Door Prizes–did we have door prizes!!! And, of course, Show & Tell. Don’t forget to mark your calendars–2nd Wednesday is the new meeting time!

February 2015–Reveal of Challenge

On a cold and windy February day, we gathered in anticipation of the Round Robin Challenge quilts that would be revealed. Our leader, Dianne McLendon, displayed her quilt and 12 quilters brought in their finished pieces for the viewers’ choice voting.

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by Dianne McLendon

The variety of techniques and designs was amazing, and it was educational to hear some of the stories of the inspiration and how these came about. In addition to the finished quilts, six others showed their quilts, from unfinished tops, to finished tops to partially quilted. Although several told of headaches and discouragement, it was evident that this was a stretching and learning experience. Dianne will introduce our 2015 challenge in March. Here are the top three viewers’ choice winners:

Susie Jackson, 1st place

Susie Jackson, 1st place

Ellen Cox, 2nd place

Ellen Cox, 2nd place

Debbie Davis, 3rd place

Debbie Davis, 3rd place

All the Round Robin Challenge quilts can be seen on the website under Guild Activities/Round Robin tab.

Our program also featured demos for three cutting machines:

Ellen Cox

Ellen Cox

Missy Lee

Missy Lee

Tina Dickens

Tina Dickens

The MQA Spring Gathering will take place February 20-21 at Lake Terrace Convention Center, with Pine Belt Quilters hosting. The bowls made in Linda Flanders’ workshop will be used to decorate the round tables, and it will be interesting to see the many ways these clever pieces can be used. Here are several made in the workshop:

Bowls made in Linda Flanders' workshop

Bowls made in Linda Flanders’ workshop

Donna Crager showed the boutique project that she will lead the 2nd Thursday of March–a pins and needles keeper made in an embroidery hoop:

Pins-Needles Keeper with Donna Crager

Pins-Needles Keeper with Donna Crager (Susie Jackson in background)

Donna Burges reminded those who had signed up for the applique workshop of the supplies they will need.

Charitable activities: Betty Moore announced she had quilt kits ready to be quilted for Children’s Quilts in case someone wanted to work at home. Betty Bingham said she had received 32 pillows and six preemie blankets today. A sewing group called Happy Quilters  made 50 walker totes and 33 catheter bag covers.

2015 Directories: Anne Esteve has prepared the 2015 Directories and distributed these at the meeting. This packet is chock-full of valuable information about our guild, and all members are encouraged to read it. There are many privileges and opportunities of membership; we are also reminded that as members we have responsibilities, including making at least one children’s quilt per year, donating quilt related items to the boutique each year, and selling a minimum of 20 quilt show raffle quilt tickets. Thanks, Anne, for compiling and updating this for us!

Raffle Quilt to benefit Mississippi Wounded Warriors

Raffle Quilt to benefit Mississippi Wounded Warriors

 

January 2015

Barb Peters entertained us with some thoughts about being “in” and whether we wanted to be there or not. She admitted she has been in cahoots, but this always requires to be with someone. She’s been incognito without being noticed, at times has thought of going insane. To be in conclusion usually requires jumping. Some less desirable attributes might cause one to be in doubt or incapable, and it might be unpleasant or worrisome to be in suspense. If one is incontinent, it’s important to at least know what country one is in. She said in the way of resolutions for the new year, her goal is to be more pleasant and greet everyone with a smile on her face. [Editorial comment: Of all our members, Barb probably has the most pleasant countenance of anyone!]

Dianne McLendon led us through a Name That Block activity with the date of publication of many, using a sampler quilt made by Ellen Cox. We recognized Grandmother’s Fan, Maple Star, Ohio Star, Old Maid’s Puzzle, Umbrella Lady, Honey Bee, Dresden Heart, Mexican Star, and many more. Of course, several had multiple names.

Dianne McLendon with  Sampler Quilt by Ellen Cox

Dianne McLendon with Sampler Quilt by Ellen Cox

Shirley Wiltshire and Mary Nell Magee gave us information about the upcoming MQA Gathering that Pine Belt Quilters will host February 20-21 at Lake Terrace Convention Center. We need to furnish table decorations and some quilts to display to give the room a welcoming look. This will be Shirley’s last meeting as president, and we will elect Marietta Johnson as our next president. The MQA Educational Seminar will feature Pat Sloan in three locations this summer (July 27-28 in Hattiesburg).

Susie Jackson read a list of 14 members who had perfect attendance during 2014, and Donna Burges’ name was drawn for a prize.

Linda Flanders showed examples of string baskets that she will teach at the January 28 workshop, and supply lists were available. Donna Burges showed the Appliqued Christmas Tree she will teach at the February 25 workshop.

String Baskets for January 28 Workshop

String Baskets for January 28 Workshop

Applique Christmas Tree Workshop by Donna Burges February 25

Applique Christmas Tree Workshop by Donna Burges February 25

Wounded Minutemen of Mississippi Raffle Quilt:Mary Nell Magee showed the quilt she has completed for donation to the Wounded Minutemen of Mississippi. She will have tickets at the February meeting.

Mississippi Minutemen Raffle Quilt by Mary Nell Magee

Wounded Minutemen Raffle Quilt by Mary Nell Magee

Charitable activities: We took in 44 pillows, 6 preemie blankets, 12 walker totes and 6 catheter bag covers. Last year’s gifts included 250 quilts, 772 pillows, and 50 blankets. We are starting with no inventory of quilts, so everyone was encouraged to be working on these. Donna Crager has agreed to head up the Boutique this year.

Snippets: Ellen Cox showed us how she uses her salad spinner to wash or rinse and spin precut bits of fabric to eliminate fraying in the washer or dryer. After spinning, the pieces can be laid out smoothly to dry quickly.

A Membership Directory will be given at the February meeting; everyone was encouraged to get their dues paid in order to be in the directory.

The Round Robin Challenge quilts will be shown at the February meeting. The fabrics and measurements for the rounds can be seen under Guild Activities/Round Robin Challenge.

December Meeting – Christmas Luncheon

Susie Jackson opened our December meeting introducing Connie Hitt who sang her quilter’s version of “My Favorite Things.” Connie then led the group in singing a couple Christmas carols. Julie Radovich offered a thought for the day; and Kat Spangler, associate minister of University Baptist Church offered a prayer for the season.

There was a long list of people to add to our prayer list. Please keep them in your thoughts. Debbie Demarks had a recent biopsy. New member Barbara Dickson’s husband has cancer. Martha Ginn is recuperating from knee replacement surgery. Paula Jones’ husband is recovering from heart surgery. Former member Rhoda Libiez, who moved to Houston, has been placed in a hospice unit. Kim Overstreet is recovering from a crushed shoulder. Geraldine Simmons passed away last week. Shirley Walley lost her house and all its contents in a fire.

Dianne McLendon distributed the last of the friendship blocks for 2014. The winners were Betty Allen, Linda Basden, Judy Byrd, Kaye Christensen, Renee Dembowski, Gloria Green and Kathy Houseal. Dianne also handed out the last fabrics and instructions for the Round Robin Challenge. The quilts will be displayed at the February meeting and there will be a prize for the winner.

Betty Moore, chairman of the Children’s Quilt Group thanked members of her group and other guild members for making the many quilts we were able to distribute to a group of charities we support. Representatives at the meeting were from the Domestic Abuse Family Center, Forrest General Hospital, Hattiesburg Fire Department, the Shafer Center, South Mississippi Children Services and Wesley Medical Center. We enjoyed the company of these representatives and they went away with more quilts to distribute in their work. In February, Betty will be delivering quilts to the Veterans Home in Collins.

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Joe Bingham was given some very old nine patch blocks which he put together into a quilt. At the meeting, he auctioned off the quilt. The winning bid was $100.00. and the money will go to the Children’s Quilt Group.

Joe Bingham with auction quilt

Joe Bingham with auction quilt

 

At our January PBQ meeting, we will discuss and select a theme for the 2016 quilt show. The theme for our 2014 show was samplers. It worked out well. We had a very diverse and interesting group of entries for that show. Be thinking of themes that might interest you. A chairman for the show has not been chosen yet; but we can, at least, choose a theme so that we can begin working on our entries.

Charitable activities: Our members turned in 25 blankets (a total of 50 for the year) and 82 pillows (a total of 772 for the year), 12 walker totes (a total of 199 for the year) and six catheter bag covers (a total of 114 for the year). These are for donation to area hospitals.

Snippets: Missy Lee passed out Tootsie Rolls and a list of quilt related uses for them. The list was supplied by Moda.

  1. Hold the ball in the palm of your hand and use the stick as an extension of your finger when sewing at the machine – the perfect stiletto.
  2. Use the stick as a “stylus,” to draw the quilting design on your block before quilting.
  3. For a temporary adhesive . . . just “lick and stick.”
  4. Emergency piece of freezer paper for appliqué.
  5. The stick can be broken off and used as an emergency replacement for the thread spindle on your sewing machine.
  6. Pressing tool . . . Hint: leave wrapper on if you don’t want your pieces to get sticky.
  7. Use the stick as a turning tool.
  8. Quick fix when your blood sugar drops too low . . . remember, if you get the “shakes your stitches won’t be even.”
  9. Wrapper can be used as a template of 2-3 ½” finished half square triangles. Just draw a line on the diagonal and stitch ¼” on both sides of the line.
  10. Lint grabber when changing your bobbin.

Photo Album of Quilt Show

One of our members, Juliann Smith, took photographs of all of our entries in our quilt show as well as candid shots of the preparations and judging. She put these (about 340) pictures on a CD which can be purchased at Stewart’s Camera Center in Hattiesburg for $10.70 (including tax). The pictures can be viewed on your computer.

She also prepared and had printed a hard-back album which we have placed in our guild’s library. We all have taken pictures at shows with a variety of results, but Juliann’s pictures are of professional quality. The photo album is beautifully laid out, with all ribbon winners identified. Below are several pictures of the album, which only gives a hint of the treat in store if you hold this book in your hands. Juliann donated her time and skills in photographing, cropping, arranging, documenting and making this available to us.  (Click any picture to enlarge.)

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Visitors Center Display for November-December

Anne Hindmarch of Ocean Springs made the quilts hanging in the Visitors Center for November-December. Thanks to Joe Bingham for taking care of rotating these displays. Stop by to see Anne’s Christmas quilts.

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Anne Hindmarch

Anne Hindmarch

Anne Hindmarch

Anne Hindmarch

Anne Hindmarch

Anne Hindmarch

Anne Hindmarch

 

November 30th Anniversary Celebration

30th Anniversary Celebration

30th Anniversary Celebration

Our November meeting was a Celebration of Pine Belt Quilters’ 30th Anniversary. Our first president, Doris Aultman, told of how she and three beginning quilters–Martha Ginn, Susan Ryan Kelley, and Gail Rowland–wanted to connect with others to share this passion. After several small meetings to locate quilters, an organizational meeting of 25 was held in October of 1984. We named our group Pine Belt Quilters, and these four volunteered to be the first officers.

Doris Aultman (president Susie Jackson in background)

Doris Aultman
  (Susie Jackson, President, in background)

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Doris cutting the cake

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Visitors first

Eleven former presidents

Eleven former presidents
Front: Martha Ginn, Doris Aultman, Sarah Farris, Ellen Hall, Ella Lucas
Back: Rosalie Schoell, Elvia Edwards, Gloria Green, Barbara Peters, Shirley Wiltshire, Betty Allen
Not pictured: Susan Ryan Kelley, Judy Spiers, Cheryl Owens, Mary Nell Magee

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Doris Aultman and Martha Ginn

One of the first things we wanted to do was to hold a “real” quilt show, with a judge and ribbons, with very little idea of how this was to be done. But that first show, in August of 1985 in the Trinity Episcopal Church parish hall, displayed on wooden stands constructed by several husbands, was a beautiful showing of our work, and enough to give us the desire to continue. From these humble beginnings we have grown to a membership of 160 and have held 15 biennial shows, the last five at Hattiesburg’s Lake Terrace Convention Center.

We met in homes until Barbara Johnson, Forrest County Extension Home Economist, found a place for us to meet. After we outgrew this space, we have met at University Baptist Church, in the Kelley Fellowship Hall for our general meetings and in Choral Hall for the three smaller workshop meetings each month.

Our meeting today featured a trunk show from the Brandon Quilters and Rankin County Quilters (some quilters are members of both groups). The visitors brought their own quilts as well as some by others who were not able to attend. We saw some winners from our own show, as well as many other quilts we would have been happy to have in our show! Watch for the November newsletter with lots of pictures.

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Lucy Large, Cindy Pannier, Delene Browning, Martha Ludke, Polly Duggan, Ann tullos, Missy Lee (standing)

Our New York Beauty workshop taught by Debbie Davis and Anne Esteve resulted in these pieces:

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Rene Dembowski, Barb Peters, Ellen Hall, Missy Lee, Frances Good, Dianne McLendon (Susie Jackson and Anne Esteve on podium)

Our bylaws provide for a board of directors of five to seven members. Once we reach this number, one board member will rotate off with the addition of each new board member. To reach this point, we will elect one board member from the membership at the end of each even-numbered year and adding the outgoing president to the board on each odd-numbered year. At this meeting today, names were submitted and Dianne McLendon was elected to the board, joining Betty Allen, Martha Ginn, Doris Aultman, Gloria Green, Ellen Hall, and Ella Lucas.

Charitable activities: Our members brought in two blankets and 74 pillows, 21 walker totes and six catheter bag covers for donation to hospitals.

Snippets: Missy Lee showed a good way to display small quilts on the wall instead of having to use nails. She showed the Command Picture hangers. These have velcro strips to adhere the backing piece from the wall to the quilt, and the backing can be removed from the wall without leaving any damage.

Barn Quilt Signs Installed

Several of our members have made Barn Quilt Signs to display on their barns, shops, fences, under porches. Here are some of them installed.

Doris Dunn painted both sides of her sign and it hangs where it can be viewed from either side.

Elsie Harris adhered fabric to her barn quilt sign instead of painting it.

Gretchen Hurt-detail

Gretchen Hurt-detail

Gretchen Hurt-installed

Gretchen Hurt-installed

Doris Dunn-side 1 detail

Doris Dunn-side 1 detail

Doris Dunn-side 1 installed

Doris Dunn-side 1 installed

Doris Dunn-side 2 detail

Doris Dunn-side 2 detail

Doris Dunn-side 2 installed

Doris Dunn-side 2
installed

Lida McDowell-detail

Lida McDowell-detail

Lida McDowell-installed

Lida McDowell-installed

 

Martha Ginn-detail

Martha Ginn-detail

Martha Ginn-installed

Martha Ginn-installed

 

 

Elsie Harris-detail
fabric instead of painted

Elsie Harris-installed

Elsie Harris-installed
fabric instead of painted

Renee Dembowski-detail

Renee Dembowski-detail

Renee Dembowski-installed

Renee Dembowski-installed

Debbie Davis, Patriotic Pinwheel, from Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks

Debbie Davis, detail, Patriotic Pinwheel, from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks

Debbie Davis, installed on shop

Debbie Davis, installed on shop

Jo Ann Kenney-detail

Jo Ann Kenney-detail

Jo Ann Kenney-installed

Jo Ann Kenney-installed on shop