Monday, January 24, 2011

Another Auction Quilt for MQA Gathering

In the Briar Patch, by Sally Henderson
Sally Henderson, a PBQ member who donates many children's quilts, made "In the Briar Patch" to be auctioned at the MQA Gathering February 18-19 at Lake Terrace Conventon Center in Hattiesburg. Sally embroidered the bunnies in action and quilted circular feather designs and hearts in the alternate blocks. This quilt will be added to the vintage quilt tops to be auctioned. (See previous post for these pictures.)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

PBQ Hosts Mississippi Quilt Association Gathering

We are pleased to be hosting the 2011 Annual Meeting and Spring Gathering of Mississippi Quilt Association February 18-19 at Hattiesburg Lake Terrace Convention Center. An interesting educational program is being planned, and new officers will be elected. It is always enjoyable to connect with our quilting friends from all over the state.
We will look back at vintage items and appraisals, and Carol Vickers will tell us about care; and we will look forward to art and contemporary quilts and how we are inspired to make them.
An unusual event will be the auctioning of four vintage quilt tops which had been given to Pine Belt Quilters for their Children's Quilt projects. In 2010 we donated 157 children's quilts, 21 isolet covers, 100 fleece blankets (for Haiti and Honduras), and nine full-size quilts for soldiers' families. We receive donations of fabric but have to purchase batting and specific solids for these efforts, so these vintage quilt tops will help buy these supplies.
Apple Core

These tops are well made and clean; apparently an avid piecer went on to other activities instead of completing these. Apple Core is hand-pieced, and the fabrics appear to be a combination of cottons and shirt blends. The size is about 59" wide x 90" long.
Double Wedding Ring

The Double Wedding Ring top is partially done, with four rows assembled, another row ready to add, plus a generous stack of "melon" pieces. Some of the white background pieces have a quilting design pencilled on.
Red-White-Blue Star
The Star quilt is machine pieced using three fabrics with very neat stitching. It is photographed on an 80" x 80" king-size bed, so the size adequately covers the bed. The fabrics appear new and of good quality.
Grandmother's Flower Garden (view 1)

Grandmother's Flower Garden (view 2)

Grandmother's Flower Garden (view 3)
This Grandmother's Flower Garden quilt is beautifully hand-pieced,with a lavender path and is very large. It seems the maker did not know when she was through and just kept adding hexagons until she lost her way. The width is about 90", and the length is . . . well, longer than that, depending on how it is finished.
We will auction these tops by live auction; however, if you are interested and cannot attend the Gathering, please send your bid by mail to Martha Ginn. (my name at