Paper Piecing with Gloria Green

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Gloria’s quilt “John’s Floral Fantasy”

After president Connie Hitt welcomed the group, which included several visitors and two new members, Elvia Edwards gave the thought for the day.

Gloria Green presented our program on Paper Piecing, also called Foundation Piecing. She related that this is a very old technique and that our mothers and grandmothers used newspapers, telephone books, Sears catalogs, and fabric as foundations. The paper foundations were meant to be removed, but many antique quilts have been dated by the bits of paper found sewn beneath the quilt top. Dixie Haywood and Jane Hall, the authors of eight books, are considered masters of foundation piecing, and they present several different methods, some with foundation on the back and some with foundation on the front (for greater accuracy). Gloria recommended their books for beginners and experienced quilters. Instead of using paper (which has to be picked out), Gloria recommends a thin fabric-like product used for covering aisles in a church for a wedding. It comes on a large roll about 30” wide (called “bridal aisle”) and can be found in the wedding accessories section at Hobby Lobby . June-GloriaGreen (4)-rsz

Foundation piecing allows one to piece very accurately whether the pattern is a simple one or very difficult. Gloria said Judy Niemeyer’s quilt designs (found online at are good examples of difficult patterns. Gloria had her first class with Judy Niemeyer several years ago at a GSQA seminar and had a dream of one day attending a week-long retreat to create another of Niemeyer’s designs. Last October Gloria did just that in Kalispell, Montana, staying at the retreat center overlooking Flathead Valley. She spent three weeks cutting her fabric in preparation for the week of sewing. She showed slides of the facility and the progress she made on her quilt.


Carol Doak pattern for workshop

Gloria will lead the paper piecing workshop on June 22, making four blocks of a Carol Doak pattern for a wall hanging.  She encouraged us to attend shows and classes and to take advantage of any seminar or retreat we can to inspire us and improve our skills.

We hate to lose Gloria when she moves to Madison the end of this month. She has been a valued member of our guild, serving as president, quilt show chair, board member, as well as being willing to help in many capacities, such as today’s program and the workshop following. We honored her with a cake and small gift to show our appreciation.

June-GloriaGreen (2)-rszAfter Gloria’s program we shopped at our annual Treasure Hunt. This was a great way for some to clean out overflowing closets and pass on fabric and notions to others who were happy to take these things home for their own closets! In addition to pocket money for members and taking in money for the guild, we added quite a few items to our storage unit that will be brought back out for the Boutique at the quilt show. We were reminded of the MQA June Gathering coming up June 17-18 in Jackson and that it is not too late to sign up by going to the June 2016 newsletter on MQA’s website:

Quilt Show: Martha Ginn showed the new bookmarks we have ordered and invited members to take as many as they were willing to and to pass them out everywhere they went. People love using the bookmarks and appreciate being told “this is your personal invitation to our show. Save this and mark your calendar.” The bookmarks show our entire raffle quilt with all the show information on one side and a detail shot of a section of the quilt on the reverse. They should encourage people to want to buy tickets. Speaking of selling tickets, several of our members took the quilt to the Blueberry Jubilee in Poplarville June 11 and sold tickets before a little rainstorm interrupted them for a while. It will also be on display in Jackson July 17-18 at the MQA June Workshop Gathering. Tickets are selling well. Contact Kaye Christensen for more when you run out.


bookmark-finalWe will be taking pictures of groups of quilters in front of the raffle quilt at the July meeting to be sent to hometown newspapers. Suzannah Patterson will be organizing this; be sure to gather with your local group when asked.

Remember our early entry deadline for a $3.00 discount is August 1. The firm deadline for all quilts is August 15. See the website for all other information. We need ads for our show catalog. Rates are $50 for a quarter-page; $100 for a half-page; $150 for a full page. Send the information to Martha or request that she contact.

Charitable activities: Today we took in 30 children’s quilts, 34 pillows, 13 preemie blankets, 20 scent pads, 15 walker totes, and 9 catheter covers.  We will have the Parade of Children’s Quilts at the July meeting and donate our supply of quilts to several agencies. Be sure to bring any Children’s Quilts you have finished.

July Barbeque Lunch catered by Stonewall Barbeque. Make your reservation with Connie Hitt; cost is $8.00. Menu is choice of pulled pork or barbeque chicken, with baked beans, potato salad, and coleslaw. Several members volunteered to bring dessert.

Snippets: Ellen Cox said Super Glue is the perfect remedy for cut fingers!  You know how easily you can get a little slice with your rotary cutter that hurts for days? If you seal it with Super Glue, it will heal quickly and you can remove the SG with fingernail polish remover.

Congratulations to Betty Reid for designing the Row by Row pattern, “Mississippi Magnolia,” for Let’s Make Something, in Laurel. The pattern is free (kit $12) and features raw-edge appliqué, fusible appliqué, and needleturn appliqué. A second Row by Row pattern, “Home Sweet Home,” is available with purchase of a $9 kit at the shop (located at 1317 Hwy 15 North, Suite E, Laurel).

Betty Reid's Row by Row Pattern

Betty Reid (left) and her Row by Row Pattern, “Mississippi Magnolia,” with Melissa Holman (right) of Laurel

Home Sweet Home Row By Row

“Home Sweet Home” Row By Row