February 2015–Reveal of Challenge

On a cold and windy February day, we gathered in anticipation of the Round Robin Challenge quilts that would be revealed. Our leader, Dianne McLendon, displayed her quilt and 12 quilters brought in their finished pieces for the viewers’ choice voting.

Dianne McLendon 2

by Dianne McLendon

The variety of techniques and designs was amazing, and it was educational to hear some of the stories of the inspiration and how these came about. In addition to the finished quilts, six others showed their quilts, from unfinished tops, to finished tops to partially quilted. Although several told of headaches and discouragement, it was evident that this was a stretching and learning experience. Dianne will introduce our 2015 challenge in March. Here are the top three viewers’ choice winners:

Susie Jackson, 1st place

Susie Jackson, 1st place

Ellen Cox, 2nd place

Ellen Cox, 2nd place

Debbie Davis, 3rd place

Debbie Davis, 3rd place

All the Round Robin Challenge quilts can be seen on the website under Guild Activities/Round Robin tab.

Our program also featured demos for three cutting machines:

Ellen Cox

Ellen Cox

Missy Lee

Missy Lee

Tina Dickens

Tina Dickens

The MQA Spring Gathering will take place February 20-21 at Lake Terrace Convention Center, with Pine Belt Quilters hosting. The bowls made in Linda Flanders’ workshop will be used to decorate the round tables, and it will be interesting to see the many ways these clever pieces can be used. Here are several made in the workshop:

Bowls made in Linda Flanders' workshop

Bowls made in Linda Flanders’ workshop

Donna Crager showed the boutique project that she will lead the 2nd Thursday of March–a pins and needles keeper made in an embroidery hoop:

Pins-Needles Keeper with Donna Crager

Pins-Needles Keeper with Donna Crager (Susie Jackson in background)

Donna Burges reminded those who had signed up for the applique workshop of the supplies they will need.

Charitable activities: Betty Moore announced she had quilt kits ready to be quilted for Children’s Quilts in case someone wanted to work at home. Betty Bingham said she had received 32 pillows and six preemie blankets today. A sewing group called Happy Quilters  made 50 walker totes and 33 catheter bag covers.

2015 Directories: Anne Esteve has prepared the 2015 Directories and distributed these at the meeting. This packet is chock-full of valuable information about our guild, and all members are encouraged to read it. There are many privileges and opportunities of membership; we are also reminded that as members we have responsibilities, including making at least one children’s quilt per year, donating quilt related items to the boutique each year, and selling a minimum of 20 quilt show raffle quilt tickets. Thanks, Anne, for compiling and updating this for us!

Raffle Quilt to benefit Mississippi Wounded Warriors

Raffle Quilt to benefit Mississippi Wounded Warriors