March–Shapely Challenge Reveal

Gloria Green gave us some pearls of wisdom to begin our March meeting:

Gloria Green

Gloria Green

If a dog was your teacher, you would learn stuff like:

When loved ones come home, always run to greet them.

When it’s in your best interest, practice obedience.

Let others know when they’ve invaded your territory.

Take naps.

Stretch before rising.

Run, romp, and play daily.

Avoid biting when a simple growl will do.

On hot days, drink lots of water, and lie under a shady tree.

When you’re happy, dance around, and wag your entire body.

Delight in the simple joy of a long walk.

Eat with gusto and enthusiasm. Stop when you’ve had enough.

Be loyal. Never pretend to be something you’re not.

When someone is having a bad day, be silent, sit close by, and nuzzle them gently.

Our program, “Finishing the Edges,” was provided by Ellen Cox, Dianne McLendon, Elvia Edwards, Anne Hindmarch, and Susie Jackson. Ellen showed how to create a scalloped flange. Dianne discussed how to apply binding to edges that are not 90-degree angles, such as on hexagons. Her pictures helped to see the necessity of stopping at the marked point and accurately folding back the binding to create neat bindings. She also showed how to make continuous line and regular prairie points to finish a quilt.


Ellen Cox


Non-90-degree angle


Elvia Edwards


Anne Hindmarch

Elvia’s examples were of double-sided binding, where the front and back could be matched with binding. Anne demonstrated how a faux flange could be created by cutting the flange piece 1/4″ wider than the binding piece–which can mimic piping.

Scalloped edge

Scalloped edge

Susie showed how to create a scalloped edge by folding a narrow strip of paper (such as adding machine tape) and marking partial circles using plastic lids.

The Reveal:

At last–the reveal of the Shapely Challenge quilts. What an impressive display of quilts we saw! Twenty members had completed their challenges, and several others will show theirs later when they are finished. Go to the Shapely Challenge tab under Guild Activities to see all 20 of the quilts. Here are the three winners:

1st place--Ellen Cox

1st place–Ellen Cox


2nd place--Martha Ginn

2nd place–Martha Ginn


3rd place--Sharon Barnes

3rd place–Sharon Barnes

Charitable Activities:

Mary Nell Magee announced that 30 children’s quilts had been turned in today, with special thanks to Joe Bingham, who made 18 of these. She reminded us that there are kits we can take home to finish if we cannot attend the first Tuesday workdays. We received 14 pillows, 11 preemie blankets, 10 mother pads, 12 walker totes, and six catheter bag covers. Members are encouraged to continue making these much-needed gifts.

Missy Lee won the Flower Pops friendship blocks.

Quilt Show:

Quilt show plans were discussed, and members received their Handbooks, raffle tickets, and membership cards. The raffle quilt, Autumn Splendor, was hanging for us to enjoy. Special thanks go to Susie Jackson and Linda Flanders for the designing, organizing, quilting and overseeing the construction of this masterpiece. All members are responsible for selling AT LEAST 20 tickets on this quilt. Martha Ginn will have printed forms available at each meeting for anyone who cannot access these on the website. Remember, August 1 is the date for early registration discount.

Next Meeting: Alma Moates, AQS Certified Appraiser from Pensacola, will be our guest speaker. She will present a trunk show and discuss the importance of having our quilts appraised.

Thanks to Paula Jones for the photo of our raffle quilt “Autumn Splendor.”

Autumn Splendor