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From the President

September 2014

Dear Members,

I appreciate the input and feedback you have been giving me throughout the year. At this month’s meetings, you will have further opportunities for input, and we will be asking how you would like to be involved in the guild next year. In October, we will be asking you how you wish to be involved in the quilt show. Please give this some thought prior to the meeting.

Marion Carrier and Carolyn McMullen have volunteered to head up the exhibit at the Gulf Coast Arts Festival. They will be asking for volunteers to man our booth. Linda Kehagias and Shannon Willis will be co-chairing the 2016 Quilt Show. Look forward to hearing from them on volunteer opportunities in the coming months.

Attend one of the September meetings and learn how to become a Quilt Buddy. We are looking for people who are willing to befriend our new members and assist them in understanding how the guild words.

It takes many volunteers to run this guild. Thank you to all who are step-ping up to help.

Patti Struck, President

Sewing Party!

On October 2, we will be having a sewing party from 8:00-3:00 at the Bayview Community Center. Please bring your sewing machine and basic sewing supplies (white thread) and be prepared to make flying geese units. We will be available to teach you how to do this if you have never done it before. If you are unable to sew, bring a rotary cutter and mat or come prepared to iron. There is something for everyone to do. I would like many members involved in making the Opportunity Quilt as it represents the work of the guild.

Day Chapter – September 25th, 9:30 AM

I know everyone enjoyed our Annual Jumble Sale! It is always such a fun social event! This month we will enjoy the Kentucky Quilt Project, Why Quilts Matter: History, Art, and Politics. The series takes a fresh look at quilts and spreads the word about their unique position at the center of a startlingly broad grid of topics, ranging from women’s studies to the contemporary art market. You will enjoy this documentary and take away a new sense of pride in how quilting has impacted so many lives.

Don’t forget to check out the article about the President’s Block in our newsletter. I hope you all take the time to make a block to honor Patty!

Joyce Thompson, 1st Vice President

Night Chapter – Sept 22nd, 6:30 PM

Happy September to all our quilter friends! This month’s program will feature Lisa Moore, from Quilts with a Twist, showing us how to make a special patriotic quilt along with a few tips and quilting tricks. We hope you all can make it to the meeting, are busy working on your Pelican challenge, and your Christ-mas postcards. Barbara and I, would like to thank all of you, for all your kind comments and support dur-ing our attempt to lead the night meetings, thanks for giving us a chance. Again, we would like to offer our support to whomever in our guild is considering leading the night meeting next year. There are only a few months left before next years election, if you have question or want to know what involves, please give us a call and we would be happy to share what we have learned, and meeting ideas that have been suggested or offered.

Hoping to keep you in stitches, Katy Fournie & Barbara Emmons, co – 2nd Vice Presidents

2014 President’s Block

Each year our President picks a block for each of us to make as a thank you for her hard work and dedication throughout the year. This year our President, Patty Struck, has chosen the house block. You can find this block on McCalls Quilting website. When you pull up the site, click on the “Blocks and Patterns” tab. A new page will appear then click on the “Quilt Block Reference” tab. Scroll down through all the blocks until you come to the “House Block”. Don’t get distracted by all the beautiful free patterns!! Stay focused on our mission to each make a beautiful House Block for Patty. She has requested it be scrappy so each will be individual. Don’t forget to sign it when you are done. I will be collecting the blocks as you finish them at the meetings and will present them all to Patty at our December meeting.

Joyce Thompson

New Member Meet & Greet

Attention New Members. You are invited for coffee and muffins on October 7 at 9:30 am. We will meet at my house, and give you an opportunity to meet new members and ask questions about the guild. We had a nice turnout at the spring coffee and hope many of you will be able to make it to the get together next month.

Patti Struck, Guild President

ANNOUNCING: “Pelicans on Parade”

A Pelican Project Challenge:

We have received permission from the Pensacola News Journal to use the pelican likeness drawn by Barbara Emmons. The following is an excerpt from Pensacola News Journal email: “You have the permission of the Pensacola News Journal to use the outline/likeness of the “Pelicans in Paradise” for a group quilting project. We own the copyright to this image and grant your group rights. Please note: The outline/likeness cannot be sold for personal profit and permission to use the outline/likeness cannot be passed to a third party.” Also, the work on the challenge must be the quilters own work. You do not have permission to copy/duplicate any already existing pelican(s) featured in the “Pelicans in Paradise”. Therefore, if you choose to copy a Pelican in Paradise, you must get permission from the artist and bring it with you when you turn in your quilt on November 17.

The following guidelines apply to the challenge:

1. The Pelican Challenge IS open to all PQG members.

2. A pattern for the pelican, drawn by Barbara, will be provided to those who enter the challenge. You may alter the pattern as you wish. For example: make it smaller, change feet, legs, wings, etc. (Clarify any questions you have with Barbara Emmons)

3. Maximum size is 48” wide X 60” long

4. Completed quilt must be turned in at the November 17th night meeting. Quilts may be turned in early prior to the meeting for processing.

5. All completed quilts will be judged by members present at the meeting. Participants do not need to be present to win.

6. Prizes will be awarded . 1st = $100, 2nd = $80, 3rd = $60, 4th = $40, 5th = $25. In case of a tie, the prize money will be added together and divided between the winning quilts. Please ask

Barbara Emmons if you have any questions about how this is done.

NOTE: if more than one person works on a winning quilt, the participating members will share the prize money. Those winners will determine for themselves how the prize is to be divided. Pelicans catching fish!!! OOPS quilts!! YUM YUM

Katy and Barbara

Community Quilts at Martelli’s October 3rd

Please join us at Martelli’s Fabrics and Quilting, 5450 North W Street, Pensacola First Friday of each month at 9:30 AM

Come and join us at Martelli’s (5450 North W Street, Pensacola) on October 3 at 9;30 for a morning of sewing. On Sunday Sept 7 we went to a Habitat for Humanity dedication of new homes. We handed out quilts to the new home owners. They loved our quilts! Later this month we will be going to the hospital to deliver more quilts to the kids. A special thank-you for my helpers who stepped up when I was out of town. Great Job! Last time the girls made 29 preemie flannel sheets for the tiny babies at the NICU. If you have any of our quilts and have finished their bindings or quilting, please turn them in. I will have some quilts that need to be quilted or bound next time.

Dog beds are going great; we have 20 finished beds. Thank you for your fabric and batting scraps. I will have empty beds next meeting that can be filled with your scraps. I cut the bat-ting and fabric into fist sized pieces for the stuffing, I mix the two together to make the beds lighter and fluffier. Thank-you the donations of flannel and fabric that we have received this month, I promise it will be put to good use. Any questions give me a call – - -

Susan Rivait, Community Quilts Chair

Community Quilts at JoAnn Fabrics

Thursday, October 9th

Thursday, November 13th

Hello Ladies,

Summer is giving way to Fall and I hope all have had a good one. We will be cancelling the September Night Community meeting due to no location to meet! We are having to scramble and find another spot but as of now, one has not been located. Hopefully another will be found for next month.

Last month our Night Community group assembled 12 kits with the Souvenir Block left over from the quilt show and some other kits. If anyone wished to assemble one of our kits, just give me a call and I will get you a kit. We have backing and batting for the projects, we just need your skills. My phone number is listed in the guild directory.

Enjoy whatever quilting project you are undertaking! Stitch on!

Lynn Waters, Co-Chair, Night Community Group


Sign up is open and going well for Philippa Naylor’s workshops. You may call me to see if there are still seats available at any of these workshops. Sign-up requires a check to hold your spot. (Bring your checkbook!) Joyce Cobb (850-723-0456).

Supply lists and all other information will be emailed at a later time.

Trapunto Monday, October 20th Full Day – All Levels

Learn how easy and versatile machine trapunto can be, using regular straight stitch and free-motion techniques. A fabulous way of adding sculptural dimension to your work. Discuss material and equipment preferences, and gain insight into original and distinctive quilting patterns. After extensive demonstrations students produce a trapunto sample quilt using the techniques Philippa employs in her own work. Patterns are provided.

Machine Applique Masterclass Tuesday, October 21st Full Day – All Levels

A practical workshop exploring an exciting range of machine applique techniques. You will begin a small sample piece which employs raw-edged, satin stitch, turned edge and blind hem stitch applique. Learn how perfect satin stitch and turned under circles are sewn, how to make and apply bias cut stems and how to produce out-standing sharp points. All this and a wealth of information on materials, equipment and personal techniques too! Patterns are provided.

The Finish Line. Wednesday, October 22nd Full Day – All Levels

Be inspired by a range of decorative edges to take your quilt or wall hanging from being good to being really special. We will make samples to discover how to create shaped and straight edge facings, rouleau and scallop trimmed edges and prairie point details. In addition to this we will learn how to hang and support unusual shaped quilts with plastic boning reinforcements that are invisible from the front of the work. So much more interesting and creative than the usual binding, this class will inspire you to make the most interesting design choices right up to the very last stitch!

Joyce Cobb, Workshop Chair

“Nearby” Quilt Shows

Jacksonville, FL Sept 25-27 Hattiesburg, MS Oct 3-5 Andalusia, AL Nov 7-8

Quilts presented at Habitat Ceremony

Community Quilts at Suzanne’s

Thursday, OCTOBER 16

10 am to 3 pm

On Sunday, September 7, Habitat for Humanity held a dedication of new homes at Liberty Baptist Church. As always, among other housewarming gifts to new home owners, our guild presented a quilt to each of them. Representing the Guild were Susan Revait, Sharon Camp-bell, Carolyn McMullen, Marion Carrier and Suzanne Wernick. The quilts were well received by the families and our group was commended by Pastor Wayne Butts for our efforts and thoughtfulness. The experience gave us all enthusiasm for continuing this project. Our next workshop will be held on Thursday, October 16 at 10 AM at Suzanne Wernick’s home. Lunch will be served at noon. Space is somewhat limited so please let Suzanne know if you intend to come.

Habitat is now building many more homes each year than when our quilt project started in 2008, therefore we need to renew our efforts so that we may continue to fulfill our commitment to this worthy cause.

Come join this group in quilt making, food, fun and fellowship.

Suzanne Wernick, Co-Chair, Community Quilts at Suzanne’s

New Member Spotlight

Please introduce yourself new members who joined/rejoined us in August.

Joan Lawler

Nancy Bone

Teri MacNaughton

Shirley Dickmeyer

Nancy Doig

NANCY BONE says: “I made my first quilt at 16. Self-taught and a king-size hand stitched, hand quilted 6” squares. My husband and I used it for yrs. My 2nd quilt was a Noah’s Ark applique. All done by hand. I won a 3rd place in the Montgomery Co. Fair in Maryland for beginning quilting in1985. Two years ago I placed 2nd and honorable mention in the Pensacola quilt guild show. My oldest daughter just had her 4th child in Dec. so I didn’t know what the year would hold, therefore I am just rejoining the guild now. Civil War reproduction fabrics and patterns are my favorite, but I have done many different types of quilts. My other passion is leading the Quilting Ministry at Hillcrest Baptist Church. We make pillow case dresses, sewing kits and quilts all for missions. I consider my sewing skills a gift from God!

NANCY DOIG says: “The Maine in my email address is my maiden name and I am actually a transplanted Minnesotan! I grew up in Pensacola as a Navy brat and moved back here about 25 years ago and retired from the State of Fl Department of Revenue. All 4 of my sisters and I quilt. I just finished a memory quilt for my son and have done several other kinds of quilts. I quilt because it brings me joy. I am looking forward to learning more and meeting other quilters. I’ll be in MN visiting the next couple of months so I am looking forward to becoming more involved in the fall.

JOAN LAWLER says: I have a website – that profiles my artist history. Not mentioned in the website, though, is my quilting which I’ve done off and on since my retirement – in between painting, prepping for art shows, etc. Just as in my paintings, I am a “total hussy” for color, and I usually make quilts that are full of color. I have a major non-painting, non-quilting project in the works right now, but as soon as it’s finished, I’m going to start a wed-ding-ring/mariner’s compass (sort of) quilt kit that my husband bought me for my birthday. It’s a paper-pieced quilt, and I’ve never attempted paper piecing before. Adventure! I’ve never let blind ignorance stop me before – and it won’t now!

My husband and I have vacationed in Pensacola Beach for several years. We’re “foam-at-the-mouth” Blue Angels fans. We have considered retiring to Pensacola, but for now we are still in Tennessee

Dates to Remember

9/22 Monday Night Chapter Meeting 6:30 pm

9/25 Thursday Day Chapter Meeting 9:30 am

10/2 Thursday Board meeting 9:30 am

10/3 Friday Community Quilts—Martellis 9:30 am

10/9 Thursday Community Quilts—JoAnns 5:30 pm

10/20 Monday Night Chapter Meeting 6:30 pm

10/23 Thursday Day Chapter Meeting 9:30 am

11/17 Monday Night Chapter Meeting 6:30 pm

11/19 Wednesday Day Chapter Meeting 9:30 am

12/15 Monday Night Chapter Meeting 6:30 pm

12/17 Wednesday Day Chapter Meeting 9:30 am Dear Members,