Barnes on Barns at June 18 Meeting

Our June 18 meeting began with Elvia Edwards’ thought for the day, a tribute to the life and works of Maya Angelou. From humble beginnings, this Poet Laureate influenced many lives and instilled a love of reading through her classics such as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.

Hubie and Sharon Barnes

Hubie and Sharon Barnes

Sharon Barnes told of a trip several years ago through Ohio and seeing quilt patterns displayed on barns, garage doors, fences, houses, buildings, and as yard signs. This caused her to want to help Mississippi quilters start this practice in our state. There is already a quilt trail in the Starkville area and another one south of us. She said the Louisiana Quilt Trail lists has more than 100 quilt signs in less than three years. Those who had registered for Hubie Barnes to make and prime their 24” square board received them and will draw their design on the board. Then at next week’s workshop, paints will be available for the actual painting. It will be interesting to see the finished products; a list of addresses can be published for our quilt trail.

 

 

Shirley Wiltshire, MQA president, reported on a successful June Gathering and announced that the October Gathering will be hosted by Vicksburg (exact date TBA). President-Elect Marietta Johnson is looking for help with her Education Committee for the coming year.

Charitable activities: Betty Moore announced that more tops as well as finished quilts were brought in at the June CQ day (first Tuesday). We received 55 pillows, four preemie blankets, 14 walker totes, and seven catheter bag covers. All are encouraged to complete their quilts and take part in our Parade of Children’s Quilts at the July 16 Luncheon, when we will have representatives from various agencies present to accept our gifts.

Friendship Blocks had such good participation that the blocks were divided among four winners: Mary Ann Scruggs, Minnie Watts, Carolyn Watts, and Donna Smith. Dianne McLendon passed out the fabric for Round 3 of the Round Robin Challenge. (See Guild Activities tab.)

Wanda Wallace reported that we sold 612 raffle tickets at the Blueberry Jubilee in Poplarville last weekend, thanks to the efforts of Mary Nell, Elaine, Elvia, Renee, Joyce, Barb, and Wanda. Thanks to Shirley Wiltshire for the use of her front yard for our display.

Reminders: Deadline for Entry Forms is August 5 to enter the show. Don’t forget the Zoo Challenge–a 24” x 24” quilt with a $250 purchase prize award sponsored by the Hattiesburg Convention and Visitors Bureau. All are encouraged to complete their quilts and take part in our Parade of Children’s Quilts at the July 16 Luncheon, when we will have representatives from various agencies present to accept our gifts.

Snippets: Ellen Cox recommended the use of a wallpaper brayer to flatten seam allowances.

Gloria Green encouraged everyone to vote, remembering the great privilege we have and the sacrifices that have made our voting possible.