Friday, July 18, 2008

Entry Forms for Quilt Show Due by August 20

If you are having trouble filling out your entry forms with the correct category etc., help will be available at the August 20th guild meeting. Please bring the following to the meeting: an entry form for each quilt you want to enter with as much filled in as possible, photo of each of the quilts, check for entry fees and a self addressed stamped envelope.

There will be extra entry forms available and we'll take pictures of your quilt at the meeting if necessary.

Thanks, Quilt Show Committee

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Storage Unit for Linda Ladner

Update to the guild from Diann Loper:
A climate controlled storage unit has been donated for the use of Linda at Marquis Ranch Storage located just behind Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association on Highway 98. Any donations may be dropped off there and they will be placed in the unit by the facility manager. This is a secure unit with only Linda, Rick and the facility manager having access. The drop-off information is as follows:

Marquis Ranch Storage
32 Power Lane
Hattiesburg, MS 39402

Linda is hanging in there. The reality of the fire is taking hold. She is in need of all household items. In lieu of quilting items at the present time, Linda would be grateful for any household items. She does not even own a bottle of aspirin! She remains very touched by the outpouring of love from our guild.

Thanks so much, Diann Loper
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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Quilt Show Categories Revised

After careful consideration, the show committee has decided to expand the Team categories. The categories will now read as follows.

Under Team Two Person - Bed Size (71 inches and more) the categories are: team large - applique (TMLGA), team large pieced (TMLGP), team large mixed (TMLGMX) and team large embroidery, stitchery, whole cloth, other (TMLGE).

Under Team Two Person - Small (70 inches and less) the categories are: team small applique (TMSMA), team small pieced (TMSMP), team small mixed (TMSMMX) and team small embroidery, stitchery, whole cloth, other (TMSME).

The other change is in the Wall Quilt Category (70 inches or less). The following category has been added: emroidery, stitchery, whole cloth, other wall quilt (EWQ).

Monday, July 14, 2008

Update on Love Offering to Linda Ladner

Sharon gave the first of all received cash and checks today to Linda while she was in town for a very short trip tying up loose ends on securing a house in Petal and meeting her adjuster. Sharon waited until after her mail delivery today so she could have all possible cards and donations at this point in time. Linda was just so grateful to the guild and kept saying we didn't need to be doing this for her. Linda being overwhelmed is an understatement. Because Linda had several appointments today, she asked if Sharon could take the donations to her daughter's place of employment, which is what she did. Her daughter was was most gracious and grateful. Linda reported Scotty is having a bit better day today than yesterday, so hopefully he is making some progress. Linda plans to go back to Jackson tomorrow.

Thanks to all of you who have been so generous. We'll keep everyone posted on future projects. Please continue to mail donations to Sharon's address, but make checks payable to Linda. If you have guild friends who do not receive or have access to e-mail, please pass this message to them. We don't want any members to fall through the cracks!

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Tragedy strikes our member Linda Ladner

Early Thursday morning, July 10, a fire completely destroyed the residence of Linda and Rick Ladner and their adult son, Scotty, in Lake Serene, Hattiesburg. Rick had gone to work; Linda and Scotty were in Mississippi Baptist Medical Center in Jackson for Scotty's surgery scheduled that day. The family's dogs were with another family member in Alabama.
Scotty is 36 years old, was born with spinabifida, and is confined to a wheelchair. He is able to move with the aid of electric lifts and other supports, and this surgery was another reconstructive surgery to aid in Scotty's quality of life.
Pine Belt Quilters has started a love offering to help immediately; a shower will be given later when Linda finds a handicap-accessible place for the family to live.
To contribute, make checks to Linda Ladner; mail to PBQ Treasurer, Sharon Harris, 706 Southeast Circle, Hattiesburg, MS 39402.
Linda is a talented and compassionate quilter; she is pictured in the May 24 post below donating an embroidered/quilted wall quilt to Dr. Michael Garrett for a Homes of Hope for Children fundraiser.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Children's Quilts Donated; Area Development Partnership Ribbon Cutting

Our members donated 38 quilts for children at our July luncheon meeting. We encourage all our members who do not come to the monthly Children's Quilt group meetings to make a quilt for PBQ to give. Members selected by viewers' choice Jean Martin's (left) and Susie Jackson's (right) quilts won. Jean and Susie won packets of Mary Nell Magee's hand-dyed fabric. Other show and tell pictures are posted at We hosted the Cotton Blossom Quilt Shop from Mobile, Albama, and members enjoyed shopping with them.

The Area Development Partnership officers and ambassadors attended our meeting for an official ribbon cutting to welcome our guild as a member of this organization. The ADP functions as our Chamber of Commerce in promoting economic and cultural development for Hattiesburg and South Mississippi. There are many opportunities to network to publicize our activities and participate in enhancing the quality of life for all.