Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Busy, busy month of June

Here is a teaser about upcoming events:
June 20, Wednesday: Regular meeting--guest speaker Kathy Brown from Baton Rouge. 
Kathy is an accomplished quilter, fabric designer with Red Rooster Fabrics, and sought after teacher in the quilt industry. (“Take 5” and “Take 5--Quilts From Just 5 Fabrics” and “Strip–Smart Quilts”). 

June 27, Wednesday: Viva Orchid! Art Quilt workshop with Gail Bachorik (requires pre-registration). More information follows. Gail presented a program for us last November and we really were impressed with her art quilts, so our new officers lined her up to come back for a workshop. See examples of her work: www.gailbachorik.com.  To refresh your memory of what she showed us, go to the blog www.pinebeltquilters.blogspot.com ; click on 2011 and then scroll down to November 18.  

There are several opportunities* to sell tickets on the raffle quilt. Try to be involved in some of these:
Life on Our Planet

*June 1-2, Friday-Saturday: MQA Workshop Gathering in Jackson
*June 9, Saturday: Blueberry Festival in Poplarville
*June 16, Saturday: Festival South Art Market 4:00-9:00 p.m. at Hattiesburg Depot
*June 26, Tuesday: Senior Fair at Lake Terrace

A pillow addition. There were 70 new pillows turned in at the May meeting. These have been distributed to Forrest General and Wesley Medical Center. 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Not Your Usual Setting

Betty Allen

Our May 18 meeting featured quilts with "Not Your Usual Setting." Our president,  Betty Allen, showed three of her medallion quilts (pictured below) and described how she started with a large center block she liked and then added to this center until she got the size quilt she wanted. She explained how she uses graph paper to  enlarge the design to the desired size. She also discussed how she sometimes adds to the length to allow for the quilt to function as a bedspread and cover the pillow area. 

Doris Aultman
Martha Ginn's Tree
Doris Aultman showed quilts that formed alternate blocks when they were combined with the major block in a quilt. The outer border is appliqued to give an added interest.
Doris Aultman
Martha Ginn arranged a set of various-sized tree blocks from a friendship exchange to create a large tree on a background of log cabin squares which made up the sky and ground.
Linda Basden

Pat Faulkender's Wonky Nine-Patch

Pat Faulkender showed quilts that were made up of innovative piecing arranged freeform as she added to the quilt. She worked with ideas from the book, Thinking Outside the Block, by Sandy Cummings, and came up with her own interesting designs.
Pat Faulkender's Innovative Black/White/Red

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

PBQ Members at Melon Patch Quilt Spring Fever Quilt Show

Mississippi Plantation by Lois Mills,  Viewers' Choice

     The talents of several PBQ quilters were on display at the Melon Patch Quilt Spring Fever Quilt Show held Saturday, April 28 in Lucedale. Viewer's Choice was won by Lois Mills for her MS Plantation quilt, pictured above.
     First place ribbons were won by Betty Bingham in the appliqué wall quilt category for Dragon Fires; Jo-Ann Evans in the small quilt category for her Split Circles; Debbie Davis for her pieced wall quilt, My Guiding Star and Lois Mills in the pieced bed quilt category for her Spring Bouquet.
     Second place ribbons were earned by Peggy Clark for two of her quilts, Heart to Heart and Heart and Flowers, Jo -Ann Evans for her Trio of Hearts a lap quilt, and Peggy Haston in the mixed bed quilt category (pieced and appliqué) for her Dahlia for Barbara quilt.
     Third place ribbons were awarded to Betty Bingham for Tribute to Petra, an art wall quilt, Jo-Ann Evans for her Christmas Sampler (pieced wall quilt). Debbie Davis won two third place ribbons for Winter Friends, mixed wall quilt, and Evie, appliqué wall quilt. Wanda Wallace's granddaughters, Destiny Golden and Harley Blanchard, won second and third place ribbons for their quilts.
     The Melon Patch Quilters extend a heartfelt thank you to PBQ members for your support of our show. Information supplied by Debbie Davis.