Tuesday, November 14, 2017

PTQ November 2017

Reminder to turn off cell phones.
Call meeting to order.

Old Business:

Minutes – accepted as published to the blog.
Treasurer’s Report – accepted as published.
Guild provided for lunch:  Gwen and Marilyn- chili; Michelle-chips; Dewhyte-crackers and cookies; Judy-cheese; Kathy H.—cake
We all gave Many Thanks to those who helped with our friendship lunch.

Snippet of the Month - portable design boards:
Members showed their boards for laying out blocks or told about their boards.
Naomi presented a demonstration for several DIY portable design boards. 

Tri-fold board with flannel wrapped around.
PVC pipe and felt pocket to slip over

October meeting we heard a possibility of selling raffle tickets for the quilt that is donated to the Columbus Arts Council in lieu of rent each year…Karen explained and clarified the ticket process used in more detail.  PTQ will not be selling raffle tickets for the CAC Gala Event.

The red and cream quilt has been quilted.  Binding will be sewn on and the quilt will be presented to the Arts Council in January 2018.

MaryAnn was reimbursed for fabrics purchased.  Guild will do the needed quilt repairs and use the quilt as the 2018 raffle quilt.  Members will be offered the opportunity to learn quilt repair and curved piecing during sit and sew as part of the process.
New officers were voted in during the October meeting:
President – Naomi P                       Vice President- Karen A
Secretary – Kim C                             Treasurer – Michelle M

Columbus Lowndes Public Library Library Festival of Trees

Monday, November 27 – Friday, December 1 is the Library Festival of Trees Christmas Tree decorating time.  We will need PTQ promotional information/ brochures to place under the tree.  Karen A offered Tuesday, Nov. 28 as the date for decorating our tree.  Contact Karen to help.  At least 3-4 members will need to decorate the tree.  The week after Christmas the tree ornaments will need to be removed, packed and stored away for next year by 3 or 4 guild volunteers as well. 
We can win a $25, $50, or $75 gift card to Hobby Lobby!!  All we must do is ask ALL our Friends to vote for their favorite tree in person or online through the Columbus Lowndes Public Library Facebook page and lowndeslibrary.org STARTING Dec 4 and ending Dec 6 at 7:00pm.  Gift cards awarded Thursday, Dec. 7 from 4:00 to 6:00 pm during the Annual Festival of Trees Open House.

Members brought quilts made in Julia’s Improv class to show.

We will be working on personal UFO or WIP during Sit and Sew.

Remember to be looking for the just right gift for your Secret Santa. [ $15 limit so shop the sales!] 
Enjoy making your homemade gift for those participating in these activities at the Christmas Party.

New Business:

Voting for the challenge blocks resulted in
First Place—Brenda C
Second Place—Sue S
Third Place— Kathy H
Viewer’s choice—Sue S

Naomi brought 8 yd neutral 108 wide fabric at $5.99 yard for the guild to see.
Mary Anne made a motion the guild purchase the fabric for use as a backing for a future quilt. 
Second by Marilyn and Watanna.
Motion carried.

Michelle M (treasurer) made a motion to set a three month after date of purchase time limit on reimbursement of funds from PTQ guild.
Second from Marilyn.
Motion carried.

Rita announced the Buttahatchie Barn Quilt Trail is now organized.  YAY!!  Please go like and Share the Facebook page, talk about the new organization to all who will listen, and paint a barn quilt.  All information needed is posted to that Facebook page.  CONGRATULATIONS!

Update on the Columbus Arts Council Barn Quilt proposal:  The Historical Preservation Commission has sent the paperwork required.  So now the guild waits for final approval.

Christmas Social
Next meeting will be our Christmas Party on Saturday, December 2nd at 10:30 at Flint Hill United Methodist Church in Caledonia.  Rita will send a group email with clear directions.
Carpool from Lowes parking lot will gather 9:50 – 9:55.  Let Judy S know you will caravan with the group.  The group will leave promptly at 9:55.  Be on time.

Our Christmas party it is a potluck lunch.  Bring your favorite finger food or best dish to share for lunch.  This fellowship time is always fun and relaxing, so please come just for the fun; the beautiful show and tell; to see who completed their goals and won a little cash; and fellowship time with your fellow quilters.  If you are participating in the Secret Santa exchange and the left/right game, then remember your gifts.  

Show and Tell 

Judy S

Karen A

Pat H

Pat H

Kathy H

Karen C

Marilyn H

Marilyn H

Tonya S Blocks of the month

Tonya S

Naomi P

Sunday, October 22, 2017

October 21 Guild Meeting

Possum Town Quilters October 21 Meeting
Reminder to silence cell phones.
Meeting called to order.
Welcomed members, returning members, and visitors.

September minutes read, corrected, and approved.
Treasurer report approved.
Count taken for lunch pizza order.

Guild members shared favorite, new, hand made, collectible, and vintage pincushions.  All agreed on the wonders of the magnetic pin catchers.


Secret Santa
Participating guild members received the names of their Secret Santas.

Election Committee
Ebba K presented the nominations for 2018 officers. Treasurer: Michelle M.; Secretary: Kim C.; Vice President Karen A.; President: Naomi P. 
Motion from Judy S. the slate be accepted.  Second from Watanna C.  Guild voted and the motion passed.
Congratulations to Michelle, Kim, Karen, and Naomi.   Our guild will proudly support your leadership in 2018.

Columbus Arts Council Raffle Quilt
The red and cream quilt is scheduled for completion by Dec 31.  Finishing work today and in November.  Watanna has been asked to quilt it. 
Discussion about ticket sales for this raffle quilt.  Arts Council usually offers tickets at Gala only.  Would PTQ be interested in helping sell tickets before the gala?
More information needed for decision to be made.

Mississippi Bicentennial Quilt challenge blocks to be turned in today.

Pigeon Forge Stars themed quilt challenge—see Judy S for details on how to participate.  Due first of February.

Program today presented by Judy s.  Curved flying geese. 

Demonstration  Naomi will demonstrate the folded block for those who want to try it.

Social is Saturday, December 2, 10:30 am at Flint Hill United Methodist Church in Caledonia.  REMINDER to be working on your hand made gift for the game time.  Today get your Secret Santa assignment from Tonya.  We will enjoy fellowship covered dish pot luck lunch together, so decide which favorite dish you will bring to share.
Columbus Lowndes Public Library Festival of Trees decorating dates are Monday, Nov. 27 through Noon Friday, Dec 1. We have 2 bins of decorations and a tree skirt.  Gwen S has created a fresh tree topper.

Improv class with Julia was greatly enjoyed by all participants.
Other old business:  Marianne A. asked to be reimbursed for fabrics purchased for the wedding ring quilt.  Quilt top is with the Wednesday Maple Street Quilting group for a few repairs.  Michelle M., treasurer, will complete.

Fall Gathering  Karen A and Judy S were presenters at MQA Fall Gathering in Hernando. Quilting in the Grove organized a great meeting. Good food, good fabric shopping, and good friends made for a wonderful time.


The Columbus Arts Council unanimously accepted the proposal submitted by Judy S for the barn quilt block for the outside of the Rosenzweig Arts Center Building.  Now the Columbus, MS Historical Committee will need to approve. 

November 11 meeting guild will provide chili for lunch.
Marilyn H and Gwen S will bring chili; DeWhyte M will bring crackers, Michelle M will bring chips, Judy S will bring cheese.

Row by Row 2018 Theme –“Sew Musical” 

Show and Tell

Mississippi challenge blocks

Kim and Ebba with blocks from class they took

Carol with kittens and pumpkins

Ina with patriotic 9 patches

Eva Marie

Eva Marie completed Luscious Layers quilt from 2016 MQA class

Eva Marie's En Provonce - Bonnie Hunter's 2017 Mystery Quilt Pattern

CC's door panel covers door to keep out draft.  She made 2 identical panels.
Watanna's starburst

All kinds of pinwheel blocks

Marilyn with her star blocks

Tonya completed Celtic Solstice a Bonnie Hunter Mystery quilt

Tonya's Blocks of the week and blocks of the month

Judy S Presented “Curved Flying Geese”
New Quilt from and old favorite--Judy explained how to draft the pattern for curving flying geese, the paper piecing required, and how to join all the pieces to form a quilt.  
She will be writing a class.  We are looking forward to learning more when she is ready to teach it!

Trying out the new technique learned at a 2015 class

Using a Carole Bryant Fallert technique to join pieces

Preparing the plan and pattern

Improv quilt with geese

Teaching technique


Sunday, September 10, 2017

Sept 9 Guild meeting

September 9, 2017 Meeting Minutes

Cell phones set to silent or off.
Meeting called to order.
Welcome visitors—Lawana’s daughter from FL, Shannon; Julia’s sister, June; Naomi’s sister, Charmaine

Meeting minutes and treasurer’s report approved as published.
Lunch today provided by guild members who brought their favorite “tailgating” foods.

Snippet of the Month:  Thimbles
            Guild members did a show and tell about their thimbles and why they are their favorites.  Some called their thimbles their favorite piece of jewelry.

Secret Santa
All who wished to participate in the Secret Santa completed the registration forms due today.  Participants will receive their assignments in October.   
       Christmas Social is Saturday Morning Dec 2.
Remember to decide your project for the handmade gift and begin working on that for the right left game.  Projects can be quilty, crochet, knit, hand crafted cards, paintings, drawings, jams, jellies, pickles, ……….. Handmade anything!

Improv Class with Julia
            Saturday, September 30—At Columbus Lowndes Public Library 10:30 am to 3:30 pm—Bring your own lunch and drink.  
                  $25, Limit 20.

Volunteers for Election Committee
            Karen A., Patti M., Ebba K.   Many thanks and much appreciation to these members for serving the guild.

Quilt Progress
            Brenda C. displayed the red and cream quilt in progress.  The blocks are together, the borders sewn together and ready to be attached.  It is beautiful.




 Mississippi challenge blocks due October meeting.  Guild approved placing the official MS bicentennial logo on the center map block.  Guild will cover the cost of digitizing the logo and the monogramming.

The MQA Fall Gathering falls on the second Saturday—Oct 14.  Many members will be attending the MQA Fall Gathering in Hernando.
Guild members voted to move the October meeting to SATURDAY, OCT 21.

Membership notebook
            Tonya distributed red membership notebooks to new members.  Please contact her if you need a member notebook.

Pigeon Forge “I See Stars” challenge
             Due Feb. 2018.  Any questions contact Judy S.

Columbus Lowndes Public Library Festival of Trees
            Brenda Durrett contacted Gwen and Tonya with the Christmas tree registration.  We are registered.   
Tree decorating must be completed Monday, Nov. 27 through 
before 2 pm, Friday, Dec 1.   
Open House will be Thursday, Dec.7 from 4:00 – 6:00 pm.


Barn Quilt Commissioning:
          Judy S. made a motion that IF the Columbus Arts Council agrees to accept our gift of an 8 ft. square painted quilt block to hang on the building facing 5th St. that we, Possum Town Quilters, agree to commission Rita Williams to paint said 8 ft. quilt block for the sum of $500.
Motion was seconded by Lauren H.  Discussion included cost of hanging the block and the block pattern.  Judy has purchased a block kit for the pattern and volunteered to make the fabric quilt to hang inside the Arts Council IF the outdoor block is accepted. 
Guild motioned to reimburse Judy for quilt fabrics and supplies.
Vote approved both motions.

Studio Hop
            Naomi asked Karen A. to present the Studio Hop event.  Karen has four members who will be willing to allow the guild to tour their sewing rooms/studios. This event is in planning stages and will be scheduled for late January 2018.

Saturday, October 21 PTQ LUNCH
            Guild will provide pizza.  Any members who would like to volunteer to add a few salads and a dessert or two is welcomed and encouraged. 

Program –Wonky Blocks—demonstration by Naomi P.
Naomi displayed two quilts she made using wonky blocks taught in the book  Making Quilts with Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession.  The book contains 21 projects. She also shared a tutorial from 

GREAT Program!!!

OCTOBER 8, Bloomer’s Nursery 3738 Caledonia Steens Road will be hanging quilts as part of an open house.  Please call Rita W who has volunteered to collect and deliver them.  Contact Rita 574-1229. Text or call. 
 Rita will need quilts by Friday, Sept 20th.

Beginning quilter class sampler

In the near future Karen A will be teaching a Beginning Quilting class. More details to come.




Marilyn's special apron


Kathy challenge blocks



Naomi's Star Wars quilt

Terry's challenge block

Sue's challenge block

Carol's challenge block
Linda's challenge block

Tonya's block of month


Tonya's blocks of week


CC cookie cutter blocks