Saturday, September 29, 2012

Freedom from Cancer workshop day!

Hey all,

Today a large group of the Possum Town Quilters got together and worked on blocks for the Freedom from Cancer quilt that we will be donating to the Lowndes County Relay for Life group.  We were making two of the blocks from Amy Gibson's class on Block of the Month from  We had decided to buy pizza for lunch, so no one would need to prepare lunch for everyone.  We had about 22 people show up.  The challenge committee was working on the opportunity quilt we donate to the Arts Center for our "rent".  Lots of progress was made on both.  We only need a few more blocks on the Relay for Life quilt and the challenge quilt was in the beginning stages of assembly.  Woooooot!!

Blocks from before lunch!
So proud of how hard everyone worked.  So without further ado pictures from the day.

Mary Anne, Sandi, Lory, and Linda working on blocks.

Group shot!!

Diane, CC and JoAnne

Brenda was working on the challenge quilt for the RAC.

Linda and Carol working hard.

Ebba was ironing and arranging the blocks  on the wall so we could keep track of how many more we needed.

Julia and Emily (not pictured) were working on the challenge quilt too!

And by the end of the day, we had most of the blocks made.   Several ladies agreed to make a few at home.  Please email me and let me know how many of what you are making so I can make sure we have enough of the right blocks.  If we have extra that is ok they can go with Annette's blocks for the quilt of valor.   ;-) We also got the back pieced and ready to go.  So at our next meeting, I propose that after lunch we team sew the rows together, add the border and be done!

Sunday, September 16, 2012

PTQ Meeting
September 15, 2012

President Watana called the meeting to order at 9:30am

We welcomed Julia's Guests:
. Her Sister Emily
. Her Friend Jannie, who wants to learn

We also welcomed Sue back home

The August Meeting Minutes were accepted as posted on the Blog

The Treasurer's Report was accepted as read

Challenge Block Prizes were awarded:
  • 1st Place:   CC
  • 2nd Place:  Brenda
  • 3rd Place:  Terry
  • Viewer's Choice: Brenda

Project Director's Report: No Update

Habitat House -
Next House scheduled for late October completion
Quilt only needs label; Judy to provide

Opportunity Quilt -
  • Fabric has been purchased
  • Material is being cut
  • Double Wedding Ring pattern
  • Civil War fabrics

Freedom from Cancer Quilt -
  • Workshop September 29 at 9:30am
  • Cut your pieces, but do NOT assemble
  • We will do a random draw to make a scrappy quilt
  • Terry has posted the information on the blog (please see below this post)
  • The Guild will provide pizza for lunch

Show and Tell:
Carol: Spinning Poinsettias

Brenda: Bonnie Hunter's Orca Bay Mystery
Each Block contains more than 100 Pieces!

Julia: Quilt Emily pieced and machine quilted

Emily & Julia: Quilt as You Go "Modern Quilt"
Gift for their Niece

Julia: Joy

Julia: Paducah Contest Entry - Jacob's Ladder

Julia: Jacob's Ladder - Center Quilting, as seen from the back

No Photo Obtained
Annette: Monthly Blocks - Chain Block & Cleopatra's Puzzle Block

Annette reading article " Why Quilt? All the Wrong Reasons"

Watana: Stack 'n Whack from Class she taught

Watana: Dresden Plate and Dresden Wheel from Class she taught in Vernon
Ebba is making the block on the right

Carla: Mile-A-Minute Quilt
Quilted by Watana
Will be a Wedding Present

Quilts have been returned from the Grand Rapids Show
Each entrant received a label, ribbon, and program including their entry
2013 Entry Information is also available

Klaudeen Class -
  • Klaudeen saw our Quilts in Grand Rapids
  • Classes to be held November 2 & 3 (Friday Columbus, Saturday Starkville)
  • Class: Blueberries and Key Lime Pie
  • Linda B will provide a supply list to all attendees
  • Each Guild has 20 slots available
  • If you have signed up and cannot attend, please let Linda know as we have a waiting list

"Name That Tune" Quilt
  • We need to enter it into a Quilt Show
  • Carla will take it to the County Fair Monday
  • Julia will then "hold" the quilt for 6 months (expect to see it displayed over her interior balcony)

Ultimate Quilt Challenge 2013 -
Please see Judy or Terry if you need extra material

Victoria has old Quilt Pieces that we identified
  • Dreden & Fan Blocks
  • Circa 1930's / 1940's

Terry has hand pieced quilt blocks from an auction that she is giving away

Due to the MQA Fall Gathering, the October Meeting is moved forward one week to October 13

Nominating Committee:
  • JoAnne, Victoria, and Ebbe
  • They will bring a slate to the October Meeting
  • Floor Nominations will be requested in October
  • Voting to occur in November
Judy relayed MQA has books available for sale: "Martha Skelton: Master Quilter of Mississippi"
Books were originally $29, but are now available for $5.35
MQA will be donating books to Mississippi Libraries

The Guild will purchase 1 case (12 Books) to have on-hand for special needs, including one as a gift to our November teacher

Christmas Party tentatively scheduled for Saturday, December 8
Patti to obtain the Elm Lake Golf Clubhouse
Dirty Santa $15
More details to come in future months

Terry presented the MQA President's Challenge to participate in the Alzheimer Quilt Initiative
  • Quilts are 9" x 12"
  • Fast Finishing Triangles for hanging
  • This is a web auction to raise funds for Alzheimer's Research
  • You can bring finished pieces to the Fall Gathering
  • This will be an on-going submittal
  • Terry will send everyone the information

Birmingham Quilt Show next weekend (Thursday - Saturday), including classes

CC brought a quilt frame dontated to RSVP that they cannot store and are giving to us

No October 6 Workshop due to the Columbus Day Holiday Weekend

Blocks of the Month:
Tonya: Chain Block & Cleopatra's Puzzle Block

Tonya: Variations to this Month's Blocks

Terry: Chain Block

The Chain Block is an intermediate pattern
October is Paper Piecing
November is Sashing


Carla: Liberating Piecing

Terry: Quilted Postcard

Today's Lunch is provided by Julia, Patti, and Diane

October's Chefs are Annette, Brenda, and Lawana

Julia offerred prayer prior to lunch

editor's note: I would like to thank those photographed for their patience as I was experiencing camera problems (low battery)

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Freedom from Cancer Quilt plans

Possum Town Quilters,

This Saturday (September 15) is our regular guild meeting.  While we will not start this project till our regular sit and sew day at the end of the month, I thought I would blog about the plans so if any can't make the sit and sew and would like to participate, they could drop off their pieces.

We are going to make the blocks from the June Craftsy block of the month. Setting them without sashing as a two block quilt.  I drew out 9 blocks so you could get an idea of what it would look like.

We are going to use Red White and Blue fabrics in tone-on-tone prints.  We want to try to use red, white and blues that are similar in color to the flag.   Whites need to read as a white from a distance.  Small polka dot or star on that in red or blue would not matter.  

I am envisioning this very scrappy.  So my thought is that if we each bring a fat quarter or two or 4 blocks cut out, then we can mix and match pieces so each block is really scrappy.    I also was thinking a pieced border would be neat.

So I am thinking it will be 7 X 8 12 inch blocks with a 2 inch inner border and a pieced border of 4 inch blocks (finished).  So that will make a finished quilt of 96 x 108.  Between a queen comforter and spread.

Watana has generously agreed to quilt this.  And drum roll, if we make enough blocks for a quilt of valor too...Mary Anne has said she would quilt that.  So here is what I am asking you to do, Cut your material before you come.  If you cannot come, you could help by cutting your blocks, making your half square triangles and Greek cross units and bring them to our meeting or get them to one of our members before the next meeting.

To make the two block we are going to cut :
For the 4 blue/white and 4 red/white 1/2 square triangles.
2 blue 5 inch squares
4 white 5 inch squares  
2 red 5 inch squares

Draw a line down the middle of the white squares and pair with blue and red squares then sew 1/4 inch on either side.  Cut on the line and press open.  Square up to 4 1/2 inches each.  This should yeild 4 blue/white squares and 4 red/white squares.

Then cut:
 5 blue 4 1/2 inch squares
 2 red 4 1/2 inch squares
 2 white 4 1/2 inch squares

Finally for the Greek Cross units cut
one red 2 1/2 x 18 inch strip
one white 2 1/2 x 18 inch strip
sew together on the long sides and cut into 4 1/2 inch pieces.

That will be enough for two blocks and one block each of red, white and blue for the border.  If want to cut enough for four blocks you can cut one less red white and blue block.   So I am asking for two blocks for the freedom from cancer quilt, and if you feel moved two more for the quilts of valor quilts.

I am excited.