Thursday, November 29, 2012

Linda Dyken Trunk Show for November

Linda Dyken
We were privileged to hear Linda Dyken from Mobile tell about her quilts as she showed her work. She referred to "the great cover-up" because she never let a mistake or problem defeat her. For instance, if an accidental snip leaves a hole, she appliques something over it. She has been quilting about 25 years and describes herself as a traditional quilter, using published patterns, hand piecing and hand-quilting all her quilts on a large frame in her living room. Her quilts have been best of show winners in the Azalea City Quilt Show in Mobile several times, and she has had many entries in the AQS shows in Paducah and Des Moines.
She keeps a quilt diary with details on every quilt, including the date made, pattern source, type of batting, colors and fabrics, and even sometimes what was going on in the news or in her personal life during the making of the quilt. She prefers YLI quilting thread and Jean Lyle Q-11 needles, and uses a hera for marking dark fabrics (small plastic tool with a sharp edge that will crease but not cut).
     Our quilters turned in 87 pillows to Betty Bingham for distribution to local hospitals, and Geraldine Simmons and Betty Herring showed 13 walker totes and 8 catheter bag covers ready to donate. They told us how grateful the nurses and patients were to receive these and encouraged all of us to continue to make these items.
     Our December meeting will be a potluck luncheon and a time for giving more quilts to agencies. We will also bring stockings plus toys and women's gifts for Domestic Abuse Family Shelter. Shirley Wiltshire had some stocking kits since we did not have a Boutique workday for stockings. So we have many opportunities to share our blessings and make Christmas a happy time for our community.    

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

November Meeting Date Change

Happy Thanksgiving!
November has five Thursdays this year, and our regular third Wednesday meeting would fall on the day before Thanksgiving--ooops! Quilters are great cooks and love their families, so we have moved our meeting to the fourth Wednesday, November 28, at 9:30 a.m., still at University Baptist Church. Be sure to change your calendars, and enjoy the beautiful fall season.
Linda Dyken, from Mobile, will present a trunk show. She has been quilting for 28 years and primarily enjoys traditional work and does her quilting by hand. She has had quilts exhibited at the AQS Show in Paducah.