Thru the Eye of the Needle

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From the President

Dear Members,

A big thank you to the thirteen ladies who stepped up to be Quilt Buddies. If you are interested in doing this, but missed signing up at the meeting, just let me know, and I’ll add you to the list.

Christmas is just around the corner, and we will be introducing our Christmas project at the October meeting. We will be creating pillowcases and collecting gift cards for 120 children ages 18-21. They are in the Young Adult Services program under the Families First Network. Please remember the age category when creating your pillowcase. Herbie Morin will be heading up this project, and will begin collecting your donations at the October meeting. Gift cards should be from Target or Wal-Mart. We would like to have the gift cards and pillowcases ready to go by December 1st. Thank you in advance to all who will give so generously to this program.

Please make note of the changes in the meeting dates for the rest of the year. I look forward to seeing all of you at one or more of the upcoming meetings.

Patti Struck, President

Day Chapter – October 23rd, 9:30 AM

For our October meeting we have international quilter Philippa Naylor. Philippa has had great success in quilt shows in both the UK and America, and won many prizes – most notably the AQS ‘Bernina Workmanship Award’ with “Pop Stars” in 2002 and AQS ‘Best of Show’’ with “Lime Light” in 2003. “Star Sign” won ‘The Pfaff Award for Machine Artistry’ at the IQA show in Houston TX in 2007, same award being won again in 2008 with “Flower Power”. This quilt went on to win the 2009 AQS Bernina Workmanship Award and is the third quilt Philippa has in the permanent collection of American National Quilt Museum in Paducah Kentucky. Philippa’s latest piece of work to be recognized is her evening outfit ‘Scarlett’s Crimson’ which won first place in the 2013 Houston International Quilt Festival ‘Wearable Art’ category. This is a return to Philippa’s clothing roots and she is delighted that her first ever garment entry will be touring the USA in 2014 with the International Quilt Association. Philippa combines her technical expertise and designer training to produce intricately pieced, applique or whole-cloth quilts which are heavily machine quilted often utilizing trapunto. For the last 20+ years Philippa has used a domestic Bernina sewing machine for all her work.

This is a “Not to be missed” meeting!! Call all your quilting friends and bring a car load!! Don’t forget to check out the article about the President’s Block in our newsletter also. I hope you all take the time to make a block to honor Patty!

Joyce Thompson, 1st Vice President

Night Chapter – October 20th, 6:30 PM

Happy October everyone! The year has quickly gone by, and before we know it will be a new year. This month we welcome Philippa Naylor, a multiple award winning international quilter. We look forward to seeing you at the meeting, on a special date. OCTOBER 20th. Don’t forget we are meeting one week early this month and meeting will be moved in November and December due to the holidays. We hope you are all busy completing your Pelican Challenge quilts, they are due at the November meeting.

Happy Quilting,

Katy Fournie & Barbara Emmons, co – 2nd Vice Presidents

ANNOUNCING: “Pelicans on Parade”

  1. 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 inches wide X 60 inches 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.

Katy and Barbara


Julia Wernicke is selling her Singer Featherweight sewing machine for $350. Please use your directory to contact her if you are interested.

Community Quilts at Martelli’s November 7th December 5th

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

We are working on dog beds. Thank you for all your scraps and donations, I am sure we will reach our goal in November. We have been busy making quilts for kids this month. When you come to the Arts Festival, you and see some of our quilts on display. Good job ladies! We will have a few tops that will need bindings put on, so come to the festival and sew down a side or two.

Susan Rivait, Community Quilts Chair

Community Quilts at Suzanne’s

Thursday, OCTOBER 16th 10 am to 3 pm

We shall meet to make quilts for Habitat. Please come and join in the fun and fellowship while working for a good cause. Lunch will be served at noon. Meeting place will be at Suzanne Wernick’s home. Please bring sewing machines and basic sewing tools. Fabric and food are furnished.

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

Night Community Meeting

Thursday, OCTOBER 9th, NOVEMBER 13th

The Night Community will meet on October 9th and November 13th in my home. Please find my address and phone contact in the directory and let me know you are coming. We are making quilts for the Sacred Heart pediatric hematology/oncology unit and hope to distribute in December. Night Community group will need a new leader for 2015. Please Volunteer!

Lynn Waters, Co-chair, Night Community Quilts

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Near-by Quilt Shows

Picayune, MS November 1-2 “Mississippi Legacy” Moses Cook Masonic Hall 303 Main Street Picayune, MS $2 entry fee

Andalusia, AL November 7-8 “Visions of Thread and Fabric” Kiwanis Center (Covington County Fairgrounds) 20096 Kiwanis Drive (Southern Bypass) Andalusia, AL $5 entry fee

Greater Gulf Coast Arts Festival

This year our booth will be manned by hand-quilters in 4-hour slots. I f you are only able to help for 2 hours, that will be fine. Several ladies have already signed up but more of you are needed. We will be at the evening and day meetings this month to sign up more helpers. You may call us if you unable to attend either meeting but would still like to support the guild at the festival. Thanking you in advance for your time and talents!

Marion Carrier & Carolyn McMullen, Co-Chairs, GGCAF

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At Home in the Guild

The following class is being offered to guild members through At Home in the Guild:

Trapunto and Color taught by Elaine Chord on Saturday, November 8. Class begins at 1:00 PM, but you may arrive at 12:30 to set up your machine. Class size is limited, so if you wish to register, you may call me (850 292-1183) or email The cost of the class is $10.00 payable to the guild and a $2.00 fee for wool batting and water soluble thread payable to Elaine.

Alice McKinney, Chair of At Home in the Guild

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Welcome our rejoining member:

Deb Holland


Bring your $20.00! It’s that time again!

We are beginning to sign up for the 2015 Membership! I decided to start in October since so many members are unable to attend in November and December due to the Holidays. If you would like to sign up at the meetings, that would be terrific. We need as many to sign up early as possible to help the new Membership Coordinators take over for Carol, Martha and me. It is so helpful to have the early memberships complete and not have 100 people sign up in January at the same meeting. So avoid the rush, sign up early.

Unfortunately, we will not be able to carry on in 2015. So, if you would like to become more involved and meet new friends, please consider being Membership Chair. I have offered to make the Directory for 2015, so that will taken care of for you. The idea is that the new Chair will then take the Directory for 2016 for the next person. Just to ease the transition from chair to chair.

Thanks, Tish Overly, Membership Co-chair

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 McCall’s 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 meet

Joyce Thompson

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