Christmas in September and Treasure Hunt

Although no one wanted to be reminded of what a short time it is until Christmas, we  enjoyed seeing our members’ Christmas quilts and wall hangings. There were Christmas trees, snowmen, 12 Days of Christmas, gingerbread men, angels, red/green Baltimore album quilts, tree skirts, and many others. Watch for more pictures in the September newsletter.

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Applique quilt by Beth McDaniel

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Pieced quilt by Liane McCall

Tree Skirt by Jo Ann Kenney

Tree Skirt by Jo Ann Kenney

Table Runner by Betty Allen

Table Runner by Betty Allen

There had been a good response to the Leaf block for the Friendship Block exchange, enough to draw six names: Jean Robertson, Jerlene Cornwall, Jean Martin, Tina Dickens, Elsie Harris, and Mildred Jenkins. Jean Martin, Jerlene Cornwall, and Mildred Jenkins are sisters, with Jerlene living in Greenwood and Mildred living in Mequon, Wisconsin. These distances don’t keep Jerlene and Mildred from participating in all our activities and shows.
Another feature at this meeting was our guild’s Treasure Hunt. This is an opportunity for members to bring quilt-related items to sell to each other. It is a good way to pick up some bargains as others clean out their closets.
Quilt Show Preparations: Our show chair, Wanda Wallace, reminded us of last-minute concerns for the show–sell your raffle tickets, get your duty schedule, polish up on your best behavior for preparing the show and greeting show attendees. We will have close to 350 quilts on display, and there will be lots of work involved, so cooperation is needed from everyone. Rosalie Schoell reminded us to get our Silent Auction quilts turned in. The Boutique group will receive any other items and price them during the week before the show.
Charitable activities: Betty Moore reported on the visit she and Josette Bonfanti made to the VA home in Collins to deliver quilts. They told of moving stories some of the World War II vets shared and how appreciative they were for the caring that was shown through our donations.
At this meeting there were turned in 73 pillows, eight blankets, 18 walker totes, and 12 catheter bag covers. Betty and Joe Bingham had delivered a large supply of pillows to Forrest General; this new supply will be divided between Wesley Medical Center and Marion General Hospital. The Children’s Quilt group will not meet on October 7 after our busy weekend working at the quilt show.
Snippets: Ellen Cox told us that parchment paper works well as a pressing sheet. Although most of us own the Teflon pressing sheets, we were glad to have an alternative to keep our irons clean when working with fusibles. Ollie Jean Lane showed how she stores some of her quilts by rolling them on a long cardboard tube (covered with muslin) and placing the roll (wrapped in a sheet or muslin) under a bed. A swimming pool noodle works well for this, also.
Visitors Center: Gretchen Hurt’s quilts are on display at the Hattiesburg Visitors Center for the coming month.

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