April 2014 Meeting

We met for our April 16 guild meeting at Heritage United Methodist Church because of Holy Week services at UBC. It was a real treat to get to see Carolyn Kimble’s quilts. She lives in Big Point, Mississippi, between Lucedale and Moss Point, and runs a flower nursery with her sister. She prefers handwork to machine and said the combination of delicate appliqué and quilting with floral designs just seems natural to her. Her favorite appliqué techniques have been drawn from several sources, as it is important to find what works best for the individual after a search for the right needle, the right thread. She uses freezer paper on top and sometimes back basting in her appliqué. She likes a John James #11 quilting needle and prefers to quilt in a round hoop rather than on a large floor frame.

She has stitched blocks that are published in some of Elly Sienkievicz’s books. Although Elly is her favorite teacher, she highly recommends the book The Art of Elegant Hand Embroidery, Embellishment and Appliqué by Janice Vaine (2011) as a complete resource (available at bookstores and online).

During the program we enjoyed “The Jewels of Summer” as a backdrop for her presentation. It is a combination of machine pieced blocks with hand appliqué, entirely hand quilted. Carolyn related how she stitches her love and thoughts into her work, giving most of her quilts to family members. Her philosophy comes from an old saying, “A day is not complete until a needle and thread meet.”

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Carolyn Kimble, The Jewels of Summer

Carolyn Kimble, The Jewels of Summer

A Southern Garden Winner of Applique Artistry and Viewers' Choice in PBQ 2008 Show

A Southern Garden
Winner of Applique Artistry and Viewers’ Choice in PBQ 2008 Show

In the business portion of our meeting, Betty Allen presented her committee’s recommendation for the revised bylaws (copy of which had been sent to all members for review). She mentioned some of the changes: budgets will be established for operation and activities; board of directors increased to seven members, with a new member coming on each year and a current member rotating off; three-year previous membership required to serve as officers and board members; officer duties spelled out.  The guild voted to approve these bylaws, and Betty Allen was added to the board. In the fall, another member will be selected, bringing the board members to seven.

Donna Burges, Myrna Jones, Gretchen Hurt, Martha Slaid

Donna Burges, Myrna Jones, Gretchen Hurt, Martha Slaid

Donna Burges, Myrna Jones, Gretchen Hurt, and Martha Slaid showed the quilts or tops they made in Marietta Johnson’s workshop on Quick Quilts last week.

Betty Moore showed us some easy table runners the Boutique group made at the April Boutique workday. She also showed the Non-slip Machine Mats, the project for the May Boutique. Instructions are on the website under Guild Activities/Boutique.

Several of our members won ribbons at the Melon Patch Quilt Show in Lucedale last weekend. Anne Esteve’s Stained Glass Stamina won Best of Show and 1st place in Large Pieced; Peggy Haston’s Blue Hearts won 2nd place in Large Embroidery; Jo-Ann Evans’ Black Magic won an HM in Large Pieced; Debbie Davis’ Stained Glass won a 3rd place in Art Quilts.

Anne Esteve's Stained Glass Stamina

Anne Esteve’s Stained Glass Stamina

Peggy Haston, Blue Hearts

Peggy Haston, Blue Hearts


Debbie Davis’ Stained Glass Art Quilt

Jo-Ann Evans' Black Magic

Jo-Ann Evans’ Black Magic

The website update is moving along, with more information added; if you cannot attend one of the regular workdays and want to make something at home, you will find guidelines and instructions under Guild Activities.

Dianne McLendon gave out the fabric and instructions for Round 2 of the Round Robin Challenge; also, this quarter’s Friendship Block was available–a patriotic star.

Sharon Barnes with her Barn Quilt Sign

Sharon Barnes with her Barn Quilt Sign

Reminder of the Belk Charity Sale on May 3 from 6:00 a.m. -10:00 a.m. It requires a $5.00 ticket which can be purchased from Martha Ginn. The $5.00 goes to PBQ treasury, and you will also get $5.00 off your first purchase at the sale. Many deep discounts make this a very popular semi-annual sale.

The May program and workshop will be led by Frances Good on “Planning a Quilt.”

Our June program will be on establishing a Mississippi Quilt Trail. We are one of the last states to have one, and there is a lot of interest. Sharon Barnes will give the program and lead the workshop the following week; her husband will cut 24” square wooden pieces. Sign-up is required for the boards.

Donations: Our membership stands at 149. Today our generous members brought in 21 walker totes and 29 catheter bag covers, 12 tops and 12 completed children’s quilts, 82 pillows, and 8 small flannel blankets.

Snippets from Missy Lee: Make napkins from some of your abundance of fabric by cutting and hemming a square of cloth. Mix up or use all matching colors. A set of four or eight with napkin rings makes a great gift.