New Year/New Commitment

We started the New Year off by welcoming a roomful of members and a few guests. Barb Peters gave the “thought for the day” by talking about the word commitment. She reminded us of how we are committed to (for example) our pets, our church, the environment, our quilting, and our guild, encouraging us to be committed to PBQ. What a great thought to begin 2017!

Martha Ginn reported on the plans for the Hattiesburg Arts Council’s project SEW WHAT! The hands-on projects with students has been cancelled, and the event will be the Saturday, February 4 story quilts speaker Janice Hunter from Atlanta, and the opening of the month-long quilt exhibit at the Cultural Center. All who want to submit quilts for this exhibit need to get their quilts to Martha by January 31 for jurying by the Arts Council on February 1.

Fourteen members had perfect attendance in 2016; Margie Hancock’s name was drawn from these 14 and was awarded a $25 gift certificate from The Stitchin’ Post. Congratulations to all who were committed to PBQ in 2016.

20170113_122437Dianne McLendon introduced our Modern Classics Color Challenge for 2017. She said the challenge was designed to expand our skills and bring us into the Modern Quilt Movement. There is no fee for this challenge and no fabric given; participants will choose their color palette by drawing three crayons from a paper bag. Dianne will hand out three traditional block designs each month through September for us to transform into a modern version. Complete instructions are on the Modern Classics Color Challenge 2017 tab under Guild Activities  (here). The reveal date will be at the December meeting.

Square-in-SquareWorkshop: The January 25 workshop will be “A New Kind of Square in a Square” by Suzannah Patterson. She had a handout of supplies. If you didn’t sign up, call Suzannah.

Charitable activities: Turned in today: 19 pillows, 15 blankets, 25 mother pads, 12 walker totes, 6 catheter bag covers. Mary Nell Magee reminded us that CQ workers have cut and prepared “quilt kits” of strips or squares or yardage for people to take home and complete. Some are tops and backs with batting, ready for quilting. If you cannot attend CQ first Tuesdays, she always has work we can take home to complete and return.

Betty Bingham has cleaned up and organized our library to make books easy to find and borrow. This is a great resource and we appreciate Betty’s looking after it and rolling it into our meetings.

Snippets: Ellen Cox said that we sometimes wind up with blocks that don’t fit or match and we are reluctant to throw these away. She suggested they can be cut up and reassembled into other quilts. This little quilt uses these cut out sections as sashing for embroidered blocks.

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Ellen Hall will have the Handbook ready at the February meeting. If you haven’t paid your dues or responded to Ellen’s inquiries, you won’t be in the printed book. Please help us get our handbook complete.

Reminder of MQA Spring Gathering in Brandon February 17-18. The program will celebrate MQA’s 25th anniversary and will recognize charter members and former presidents. We are proud that seven of these presidents are members of Pine Belt Quilters: Martha Ginn, Ollie Jean Lane, Ellen Hall, Ella Lucas, Mary Nell Magee, Shirley Wiltshire, and Marietta Johnson. Details of the Gathering can be found in the January 2017 newsletter on MQA’s website: www.mississippiquilt.org.

See you at the next meeting–February 8—featuring Fractured Quilts by Marilyn Rose from Ridgeland. Marilyn will teach a Fractured Quilts Workshop on February 22.