Machine Embroidery at October Meeting

After Susie Jackson welcomed us, Aquilla King gave the thought for the day and Paula Jones led us in singing God Bless America. October is breast cancer awareness month; we were given pink ribbons, and Martha Ginn encouraged everyone to not only donate toward research but to personally offer prayers, assistance, and concrete help to patients by sending cards, cooking a meal, running an errand, caring for children, and any number of other acts which will encourage and help.

 by Ellen Cox

by Ellen Cox

Jo-Anne Evans, our program presenter, gave very useful information about embroidery machines and downloading and storing patterns from the Internet.She stressed the importance of the correct stabilizer, and said whether using soluble, removable, or leave-in, a minimum of two sheets should be used. Bobbin thread can be white, black, or matching top thread. There was great interest and lots of beautiful examples of our members’ use of these machines. A show of hands revealed that 39 of the members present owned one or more embroidery machines. Click on any image to enlarge.

Jo-Ann Evans

Jo-Ann Evans

Susie Jackson holding Mary Henderson's work; with Jo-Ann Evans

Susie Jackson holding Mary Henderson’s work; with Jo-Ann Evans

embroidered towels by Mary Henderson

embroidered towels by Mary Henderson

purse by Mary Henderson made from a placemat

purse by Mary Henderson made from a placemat

cutwork by Hulda Ingram

cutwork by Hulda Ingram

ornaments by Beth Shiyou

ornaments by Beth Shiyou

vest and ornament by Donna Smith

vest and ornament by Donna Smith

by Sally Henderson

quilt by Sally Henderson

Acting on the nominating committee’s slate of officers presented last month, we voted unanimously for the following group of officers for 2016-2017:

President—-Connie Hitt
Vice President—-Susie Jackson
Secretary/Newsletter—-Renee Dembowski
Secretary/Membership—-Ellen Hall
Treasurer—-Missy Lee

Susie reported on the success of Pine Belt Quilters’ participation in the Tasha Tudor exhibit at the Oddfellows Gallery in downtown Hattiesburg. Susie and Martha gave a lecture at the two-day symposium on “The Timelessness of Fabric” and showed many quilt examples. There are 12 quilts on display in the lobby of the Gallery; the exhibit runs through December. We were encouraged to visit this outstanding exhibit of 130 pieces of artwork by Tasha Tudor, along with examples of her children’s books and miniatures.

Dianne McLendon announced the next Friendship Block–Wrapped Up, shown here.

Friendship Block--Wrapped Up

Friendship Block–Wrapped Up

We named our raffle quilt Autumn Spice. It should be ready soon to be photographed so we can begin selling tickets. This is one of the main ways we finance our quilt show, and each member is expected to sell or purchase at least 20 tickets.

Paula Jones has planned a quilters Bingo game for our November meeting. A little homework is involved. She asked us to make a bingo card using the instructions from Fons and Porter Love of Quilting, pay $1.00 to play, and bring our fabric card and some buttons for a good time winning prizes. All proceeds will benefit our children’s quilt projects, and the “cards” can be made into quilts for children later.

Oct-Bingo

Susie Jackson holding Paula Jones’ Bingo card

Here are the instructions for making your card: (P.S.  “dot” was omitted from the fabric categories; please add “dot” as a fabric category)

Oct-BingoInstrDecember swap: Dianne McLendon introduced a swap project for the December meeting. All who wish to join in are to make a “mug rug” and bring it gift-wrapped to swap. Mug rugs are extra large drink coasters or smaller versions of placemats that hold a cup of tea or coffee with room for a pastry or treat. Make yours any theme, colors, fabrics (not limited to Christmas), a little larger than 4×4. Make it 5×7, 6×6, maximum 8×8.

Charitable activities: Betty Herring said we need more walker totes; we had 12 plus 6 cathether covers, and these were given to FGH Hospice last week. We have ongoing requests from the hospitals, so let’s all try to make more of these. Betty Bingham said today we received 47 pillows to be distributed to Forrest General, Merit Health Wesley, and Columbia. Also 55 mom’s scent pads and 17 receiving blankets. Donna Crager showed some projects she was working on for the Boutique.

Snippets: Ellen Cox recommended a fusible thread called Charlotte’s Web from Superior Thread as being very useful.

Special Notice: We have an opportunity to learn from one of the quilt world’s best! Sue Cleveland will be in Hattiesburg for a class on Thursday, November 12. Cost is $40.00 and preregistration is required; space limited to 20 persons. If you have not signed up yet, contact Susie Jackson (see membership directory).

Speaking of membership directory–it is time to pay your dues for 2016. Please print a membership form and fill out it out and bring it with your $20.00 check to the November meeting. Our new membership chair, Ellen Hall, wants to get the 2016 directory prepared and distributed in January, so it is essential that dues be paid in November and December.