March with Mary Lou Weidman

Our March 14 meeting almost didn’t happen because our guest speaker, Mary Lou Weidman from Spokane Valley, Washington, had flight delays and would be several hours late arriving in Mississippi. Luckily, we were able to move the morning meeting to afternoon and notify everyone to come to the meeting at 1:00 p.m.

Mary Lou learned to quilt from her grandparents and then studied fine arts in school and pursued several art jobs, while raising three small children and dreaming of owning her own studio. She has written five quilting books, owns a pattern company, has designed fabric lines and taught in 48 of the 50 states plus internationally.

She began making and teaching story quilts in 1988 and is best known for her whimsical, out-of-the-box quilts. In addition to her encouraging words to help quilters express themselves, she left us with four pieces of advice:

  1. Give a compliment
  2. Share a skill
  3. Share your stash
  4. Buy a beautiful card and send to someone not expecting it

Mary Lou taught a two-day workshop Thursday and Friday, attended by 17 participants. We look forward to seeing these interesting Self-Portraits. Below are some pictures from the workshop.


Quilt Show: Kaye Christensen had raffle tickets ready for each member. If you did not get yours, be sure to pick them up at next meeting. The quilt should be at the April meeting for us to get photos so bookmark advertisements can be prepared. Start telling your friends about Mississippi Kaleidoscope so they will be wanting to buy tickets. All members are responsible for at least 20 tickets.

Charitable activities: Today we received 16 quilts, 17 pillows, nine preemie blankets, 128 mother pads, 20 walker totes, and six catheter bag covers. Mary Nell announced there are quilt kits ready to take home and complete. Betty Bingham reminded us of good selections in our library.

Interleave Quilts from the Jackie Watkins workshop

We had a good showing of finished Interleave Quilts after Jackie Watkins’ class on March 1.

The Field of Daisies Friendship blocks were won by Frances Good and Rose Naguin.

UFO Challenge: Quilt #1 was due today. Quilt #4 is due next month—April. We inadvertently have a couple of extra months’ notice for the next quilt due. The drawing was scheduled to be held in April, but it was drawn in March. Quilt #5 will be due in June. The last three quilts will be due in August, October, and December. I am glad for some extra notice on what order I should be working on these!

Rose Naguin and Theresa Wege with Mary Lou Weidman

Dianne McLendon

Susie Jackson with Mary Lou Weidman

Margie Hancock

Lois Womack

Barb Peters

Sue Allmon

Missy Lee

Betty Reid