August Meeting–Christmas Quilts

Frances Good made a tall Christmas tree wall hanging for the Silent Auction at the 2016 show which was the real hit of the auction. She was asked to show this for the August meeting. She said the pattern was called Tall Trim the Tree, a Little Bit More by Cindi Edgerton at Sew Thankful. For the program, Frances asked members to bring their Christmas quilts. What a beautiful trunk show this was, with several people sharing their Christmas pieces. 


Mary Nell had children’s quilt kits (tops/batting/backings) for members to take home to finish. She said 14 completed quilts were turned in today and she invited all to come to CQ workdays on the first Tuesdays. We had donated 38 pillows, 26 blankets, 57 mother pads, 17 walker totes, and 6 catheter bag covers. We will have a Walker Tote cutting day on August 23. We have plenty of fabric but Betty Herring needs help cutting pieces.

Snippet: Dianne told about a product called Take Hold (that can be found at Walmart) to use while machine quilting instead of wearing rubberized gloves. With gloves, you can’t thread a needle or move pins, but Take Hold will help your hands move the quilt easily with no residue or tacky feeling.

Programs/Workshops coming up: We preregistered for Teresa Pino’s Graffiti Quilting/Inktense Pencils workshop that follows the September meeting. Susie Jackson is handling this and needs a firm count so Teresa can prepare the quilt sandwiches. 

Our October program/workshop is by Cynthia England (Best of Show winner in Houston 2016). We filled the class and started a waiting list. Contact person is Susie Jackson. 

Reminder: Vicksburg Old Man River Quiltfest August 22-26.

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July Children’s Quilts Gifts

Tables full of Children’s Quilts

Another successful children’s quilt give-away! At our July meeting we had representatives from seven agencies select quilts and describe their activities and how our quilts are used to comfort children. Mary Nell said we gave 202 quilts today. CQ group meets the first Tuesdays of every month. If you cannot attend, you may work on your own or finish tops that we have in our closet.

WDAM reporter Jac Bedrossian was there and took lots of video for a Good News segment that aired on the 5:00, 6:00 and 10:00 newscasts that evening, as well as WLOX. She sent this message: Thank you for inviting us! Here’s a link to the story:

 In our parade of Children’s Quilts, the winners were: Betty Allen, Kathy Houseal, and  Jamie Martin (grandson of Jo Ellen Carr). Winners were awarded sewing supplies, and Jamie was particularly pleased to have his very own magnetic pin cushion and other items!

Winning quilts by Betty Allen, Kathy Houseal, Jamie Martin

Barbara Cline, MQA’s Educational Seminar teacher for 2017, taught one day in Hattiesburg; the class was small but very enthusiastic over their Cookie Cutter quilt projects. We’ll look forward to seeing these finished pieces later.

August meeting will feature Christmas quilts in the program led by Frances Good. Rather than the announced tree wall hanging workshop listed in our directory, the August 23 workshop will be working on Boutique projects with Shirley Wiltshire and Frances Good. Make plans to come and create some neat items.

2016 Pieced-Small

Miniature Collection Quilt

by Joe L Bingham

2016 Machine Quilting-Longarm Free Motion

Graffiti Doodle Diamonds

by Teresa Pino, top by Pat Lang

2016 Judge’s Choice

Scarlet’s Daughter

by Polly Thomasson

2016 Best of Show-Small

Mississippi Ag Museum in Bloom

by J Marcus Weekley, Martha Ginn, Cathy Reininger, Julia Graber, Rita Warnock

2016 Best of Show-Large

Baskets and Blooms by Rita Warnock

June speaker and workshops–Carolyn Kimble

Carolyn Kimble from Moss Point presented our June program on her beautiful applique quilts. Well, she also does other types, but applique is definitely her favorite technique. She stitches memories of special times and events into her work. Carolyn taught an applique class on the two following days after the meeting, using a pattern she had designed. Her “My Barn Quilt” won a blue ribbon and Viewers’ Choice as well as a judges’ special award in our 2016 show. The Baltimore Album quilt pictured below was a Best of Show winner in our 2014 show. 

Beth Ferrier’s “My Small World” pattern

“My Barn Quilt” from the 2003 Piecemakers Calendar patterns

Following Carolyn’s presentation, we had a live auction for some items that had been donated to the guild. Our Treasure Hunt tables were filled with interesting treasures that went from one quilter’s closet to another’s.

Mary Nell Magee encouraged everyone to bring a children’s quilt for the Parade of Quilts at the July meeting. We will have representatives from children’s service agencies at the meeting to receive these quilts, followed by a catered barbecue luncheon. If you did not make your lunch reservation at the June meeting, please contact Connie Hitt and select either chicken or pulled pork. Connie needs an accurate count to order the food. 

PBQ will host one of the days (Tuesday, July 18) of the MQA Educational Seminar with Barbara Cline called Cookie Cutter Workshop. Learn to make a block which is featured in Barbara’s book, “Amazingly Simple Triangle Stars.” This triangle block is easy to sew, but can transform countless intricate designs when you experiment with color and value. Be sure to sign up.  MQA Educational Seminar 2017

Also, the Old Man River Quilt Fest will be held in Vicksburg August 22-26. This is a quilt show and classes with well-known teachers. Be sure to support this show by entering your quilts. Kay Elliott plans to hold their shows on odd-numbered years while PBQ holds shows on even numbered years. This will give Mississippi a large show every year. 

April and May Meetings

Martha Ginn, Ellen Hall, Dianne McLendon

APRIL: Our April meeting was a forum of four experienced quilters fielding questions which had been submitted at the previous meeting. Tina Dickens moderated and posed the questions to Martha Ginn, Ellen Cox, Ella Lucas, and Jo-Ann Evans. Questions such as “Do you prewash your fabric?” “Where do you get your inspiration?” “What size should children’s quilts be?” “Which kind of fusible do you use?” were asked. The prewash question had the most variety of opinions, from “always” to “never” to “depends on how it is to be used.” All in all, much information was tossed about, with additional input from the audience.

Susie Jackson and Dianne McLendon led the workshop on Donuts & Coffee, demonstrating a clever little block made from lots of scraps. The block appears to be round with a hole in it, but all the seams are straight. It was a fun day making these pesky little blocks–accuracy was essential to make the pattern fit. Good practice even for experienced stitchers.

MAY: Our May meeting brought a long-awaited special treat. Kathy McNeil from Tulalip, WA, was our guest speaker with “Tips, Tricks and Stories” from her award-winning quilts. She had won two major awards at the AQS show in Paducah the previous month and was able to display these quilts along with many others. We had seen pictures of many of her works in magazines, but seeing them in person was an exciting pleasure. We had a large crowd in the room, and you could have heard a pin drop as Kathy spoke and showed slides of her quilt journey and described some of the techniques she uses on her masterpieces. Most of her quilts are based on her photographs, and she explained how to determine what is a good picture and how to crop and adapt to get the best design for your quilts. 

The Best of the Northwest

Celtic Fox

The following day after the meeting, 22 eager quilters met for an all-day workshop with Kathy. We had pre-ordered her patterns in order to bring our supplies and fabrics needed to create our quilts. We had six patterns from which to choose, and the Blue Heron was the most popular, with several seascapes, winter scenes, lighthouses and waterfalls also being made. Kathy described fusible applique as well as hand-stitched applique using Rosa Rojas’ Apliquick tools. For an intricate scene, Kathy works in units rather than trying to stitch each small piece onto the large background.  She also uses a plastic laminate sheet overlay to help with placement of the units onto the background.

Kathy’s husband Bruce was with her and took care of the pattern/tools table so she could spend all her time with students. As you can see, there was a lot of interest. We hope to see lots of Kathy’s patterns made into quilts soon. Visit her website for more information, pictures, and patterns:        

Our guild is fortunate to be able to bring in guest speakers and workshop teachers of this calibre. Thanks to our program chairs Susie Jackson and Dianne McLendon! And we have more to look forward to. In June Carolyn Kimble, Viewers’ Choice winner in our 2016 show, will be our guest. Get ready for more beautiful applique.

Kathy and Bruce McNeil