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!