October Meeting–Quilt Show Review

Our October meeting featured a report of our quilt show including seeing all the ribbon winners brought in by our members. We were all so busy at the show that we might have missed some of these, and it was good to get to see them held by their makers.

Frances Good gave the thought for the day, reminding us of the importance of patience.  We had several visitors at the meeting, and some became new members, bringing our membership to 161. (Dues paid from October – December cover through the following year.)

Wanda Wallace, our show chair, called on each chairperson for a report of activity relating to her committee. Our raffle quilt sales were 9,526, even running out of tickets near the end! We estimate our paid ticket attendance at 1,500 plus all our members who worked at the show. Of the 335 quilts we hung, 186 were entered by PBQ members, and 149 by non-members, representing five states. Our entry requirements are that the entrant be a resident of Mississippi or a member of a Mississippi guild. Several of our members have moved away but remain active in our guild. We awarded approximately $6,000 in Special Awards and Category Awards plus sewing machines donated by Bernina, Etc., and The Stitchin’ Post. We shopped at 22 vendors booths, our boutique, and the silent auction. Delicious lunches were available upstairs prepared by Lake Terrace. Of course, door prizes were awarded throughout the three days of the show.

Juliann Smith took photos during the set-up week and at the show and compiled these on a CD which can be purchased at Stewart’s Camera Center for $10.70 (including tax). The CD contains approximately 340 pictures and are an excellent remembrance of the show. Thanks, Juliann! Our off-site drivers picked up 92 quilts in Columbus, Ridgeland, and Gulfport, which added greatly to our show. The three days of lectures/demos/trunk shows were very popular, sometimes with standing-room-only crowds. The showcase of members’ other activities was interesting and revealed a wide variety of talents and interests.

Debbie Davis previewed the New York Beauty workshop for next week (Wed. Oct. 22); instructions and supplies are shown on the Workshop tab under Guild Activities.

Charitable activities: We received 32 pillows and five preemie blankets today; also 21 walker totes and six catheter bag covers.

Snippets: Ellen Cox showed a bridal aisle fabric which can be used as a stabilizer for foundation piecing (eliminating the need to remove paper after a paper piecing project). This stabilizer comes in a 24″ x 100 ft. roll and can be ironed to freezer paper and run through your printer.

Visitors Center Display: Joe Bingham changed the display at the Visitors Center. These quilts by Marietta Johnson will hang until mid-November.

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