Monday, June 24, 2013

Nancy Mahoney--MQA Educational Seminar

 Message from Judy Stokes, MQA Immediate Past President:
There are still spots available for the MQA Educational Seminar with Nancy Mahoney. Nancy will teach two classes--Summer Heat and Chocolate Caramel Stars. Fees are $30 for each class and you may take one or both. Locations are Starkville, Jackson, and Hattiesburg (July 19-20). Read more about Nancy's classes on her website, and don't miss the opportunity to study with a nationally known teacher. Registration will be held open a few more days until the classes fill. More information and a registration form is on the MQA website.
Questions?  Contact Judy Stokes: 662-327-5920; 662-574-0593;
Nancy Mahoney's Chocolate Caramel Stars

Saturday, June 22, 2013

PBQ June Meeting

Our June meeting featured the reveal of the Sampler Quilt Challenge that had been led by Donna Burges, Kim Overstreet, and Rhoda Libiez during 2012. A different block design was featured every month of last year, and members could add any other block of their choice for their quilt. Fifteen stunning quilts were displayed, and members chose these winners:  Frances Good, Ruth Byrd, and Mildred Jenkins for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place; money prizes of $75, $50, and $25 were awarded.

Frances Good (green/black--1st place) with Jean Martin and Donna Burges holding Mildred Jenkins' quilt

Ruth Byrd's (2nd place) held by Pat Faulkender
Mildred Jenkins' quilt (3rd) with Donna Burges, Susan Ellis
 Doris Dunn showed variations of the 3-D bowtie quilt with hidden pockets to introduce the workshop that she will teach the following week. Doris prefers a planned color palette over scrappy. She says “I don’t like scrap quilts--that’s like eating leftovers.”

Doris Dunn showing her scrappy bowtie quilt
     The raffle quilt “Blueberry Dance” (fund raiser for Children’s Quilt funds) was on display. Betty Moore embroidered the blocks and assembled them, and Wanda Wallace quilted the quilt. Tickets are $1.00, and the drawing will be held September 18. We often have to purchase solids for borders and rolls of batting to meet the needs of our projects. We donate the quilts at our July and December luncheon meetings.
Reminder: At the July meeting we will have our Parade of Children’s Quilts. In addition to our monthly work days to make quilts, we ask that each of our members make at least one children’s quilt each year. We will vote on our favorite. We also will have representatives of various agencies at the meeting to receive our current supply.
Reminder:  18th Annual MQA Educational Seminar with Nancy Mahoney, July 19th & 20th 2013 at UBC in Hattiesburg. Preregistration is required. Different class on each day; you may take one day or two days. See the MQA website for details and registration information.
     Nancy is an author, fabric designer with a 25 yr. history of quilt making. She has created over 90 quilt patterns for a variety of fabric manufacturers. She has authored 12 books published by Martingale Publishing Co. She has taught many workshops nationwide for guilds, shops and conferences including International Quilt Festival in Houston, A Mountain Quilt Fest in Pigeon Forge TN, and Road to California. Nancy believes quilting should be fun. In her classes, her goal is for students to have a good time, learn something new, and make a quilt they will enjoy for years to come.  
     Our generous members brought in 12 walker totes, 6 catheter bag covers, and 33 pillows today.      The family of former member Jo Steele donated many of her books to our PBQ library, as well as a box of fabric for Children’s Quilts. Correction in last month’s pillow count: instead of the reported 108, we had 170 turned in. Pediatric nurses say these really brighten the faces of frightened, sick children.