June Meeting with Leslie Kiger

Our June meeting featured our Georgia member Leslie Kiger, who moved to St. Simons Island several years ago but remains active in our guild. In fact, she spends the week of the quilt show here to help with the show. She is a prize-winning quilter, whose topic was “What It Takes to Win.” But she quickly dispelled the notion that she had all those answers because she often attends quilt shows and thinks, “Why did that quilt win a ribbon?” and “Why did that quilt not win a ribbon?”

Leslie Kiger

Leslie Kiger

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Leslie showed many slides and quilts and discussed their strong points. A few points are following.

Initial Visual Impact. Some factors include a unique setting, unusual fabric choices (she showed an example of a muted plaid in a face!). Does the overall design make a statement? Example: New York Beauty. Do the colors work together? Will the judge be bowled over? Sometimes heavy quilting can transform a simple design.
General Appearance. Clean, no odor, no pencil or other marks. Use a lint roller over entire front and back.
Backing. It should be flat and smooth and relate to the front.
Setting. Ordinary blocks put together in an unusual way (unique setting).
Fabrics. The same quilt pattern will look entirely different with different colors. Need a balance in scale (small prints/large prints; small blocks/large blocks).
Quilting. Is the quilting appropriate to the quilt? Is there too much? Too little?
Construction. Piecing should be consistent, with sharp points. Appliqué should be smooth with invisible stitches. Correct thread color is needed (a neutral gray will work often).
Finishing. Borders (if used) need to complement the quilt; be sure corners are square. Binding should be tight and filled; corners stitched.

Leslie recommended you have your quilts judged any time you have the opportunity. Learn from the comments. Your friends will always give you rave reviews, but you should get honest, critical feedback from trained judges for a more objective critique. Following her program for the entire guild, Leslie conducted an all-day workshop on making the Eldon quilt, a pattern from Laundry Basket Quilts. About 20 participants had a good learning experience in the class.

We had a full house for Leslie's program

We had a full house for Leslie’s program

Pathways Workshop results. Participants in last month’s Pathways Workshop by Martha Ginn made a good showing of their progress in class and afterward.

Barb, Suzannah, Susie, Dianne, Joyce, Betty, Missy, Elsie, Ellen, Joe

Barb, Suzannah, Susie, Dianne, Joyce, Betty, Missy, Elsie, Ellen, Joe

Barb, Suzannah, Susie, Dianne, Joyce, Betty, Missy, Elsie, Ellen, Joe

Barb, Suzannah, Susie, Dianne, Joyce, Betty, Missy, Elsie, Ellen, Joe

Charitable activities: There were 10 walker totes and six catheter bag covers turned in, along with 30 pillows and eight small blankets. Children’s Quilts will have the Parade of Quilts at the July meeting and distribute many finished quilts to various agencies.
Attend and/or help with the Blueberry Jubilee in Poplarville Saturday, June 13, with PBQ offering raffle quilt tickets for the Blueberry quilt, proceeds to benefit our Children’s Quilts efforts.
July Meeting/Luncheon. For our summer luncheon meeting on July 8, we will enjoy a catered barbeque meal rather than bringing in potluck dishes. We are great cooks and always have ample food, but we are taking a break and letting someone else do the meal prep this time. There will be pulled pork and chicken with all the trimmings for a cost of $7.00. You must have a reservation (contact Susie Jackson if you have not signed up yet). Be sure to bring your Children’s Quilt for donating. We will vote for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd by blind viewers’ choice ballot.

MQA events. June Workshop Gathering will be June 12-13 in Jackson; the Educational Seminar with Pat Sloan will be held next month in three locations (in Hattiesburg Monday-Tuesday, July 27-28). See the MQA website (www.mississippiquilt.org) for sign-up information.
Snippets. Ellen Cox passed along a great tip for keeping up with a project during construction. If you are following a pattern or instructions in a recent magazine, prepare the pieces and lay them inside the magazine, taking the magazine to the sewing machine with you. This way you have everything together.
Member news. We have 155 members; Ruth Byrd is celebrating her 90th birthday on June 18! Good wishes to Shirley Glaab, Peggy Gable, and Kathy Houseal, rehabbing after surgery; Otha Mae Edwards dealing with shingles. Friendship blocks won by Gloria Green, Lois Womack, Kaye Christensen, Missy Lee, and Marietta Johnson.

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Ruth Byrd celebrates her 90th birthday June 18

Missy Lee and Marietta Johnson with Friendship Blocks

Missy Lee and Marietta Johnson with Friendship Blocks