Thru the Eye of the Needle

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From the President

I hope this newsletter finds you warm and cozy. While the ice storm made for dangerous roads, it also allowed me three uninterrupted days of quilting. In that time, I got two quilts machine quilted creating a wonderful sense of satisfaction.

I hope many of you are working on your show quilts and items to donate to the boutique. Final details for the quilt show are rapidly coming together, as we look forward to a wonderful display of talent and workmanship. The AQS website has a great video on preparing your hanging sleeve. Visit their site, or our own site, for this and other handy quilting tips.

Patti Struck, President

Our 2014 Spending Plan has been approved by the board. It is available on the website in the members-only section. There will also be a few printed copies in the library at the meeting. Please take a few moments to review this plan. As always, you are welcome to contact anyone on the board with questions. Thanks for your participation.

Barbara Doster, Finance Committee chair

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Souvenir Blocks

At the January meetings, nine members turned in a total of 122 blocks. We now have 1401 blocks to sell at the quilt show. These will also be for sale at the March meetings. At that time, the blocks will be $1.50 each. Plan to browse and spend a bit. The creative possibilities are endless.

Patti Struck, Souvenir Block Chairperson

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Quilt Show

We are down to the last 60 days!! I know you are all working hard on finishing your beautiful quilts; things are starting to happen quickly. Be sure to sign up for your shift; Barbara Doster will have the staffing sheets at the meetings beginning in February. It is important for you to understand that you must volunteer to work a shift to gain free admission to the quilt show. The shifts have been divided into either 2-hour shifts (if you have to stand the whole time) or 3 hour shifts (if there is the possibility you can sit during a part of your volunteer work). Those people who are consigning at the show have to work a shift to gain a discount on the consignment fee in addition to a shift to gain free admission. Of course, all members are free to pay the admission fee and enjoy the show without working, but we really need you to support this endeavor, and it is the most fun you can have outside of your sewing room!

As always, the Thursday night preview is free to all guild members, but it is a VERY short time (2 hours flies by) and nearly impossible to see all the quilts, let alone visit the marvelous vendors that Carolyn has secured for your shopping pleasure.

Thanks for your continued support, it’s going to be wonderful!

Karen Williamson & JoAnn McKeithan Co-Chairs

Quilt Show Registration

Quilt show registration has started, if you need a form please see me at the next meeting to get one. If you already have a form, please complete it and bring it to our next meeting. I will try to get your registration numbers and labels back to you right there at the meeting. When you turn in your form also include five dollars, a 3×5 photo, and a self –addressed stamped envelope for each quilt registration form. The envelope allows me to mail you your pink form, labels and information sheet. The last day to turn in completed registration forms is March 15 at noon. We have a meeting scheduled at Cena’s house that morning to help you with the forms from 9 a.m. to noon; we can take pictures, answer questions about categories or assist you with sleeve attachments, but we cannot accept registration forms after that date. If you have any questions call me.

The sooner we can get the paperwork done, the sooner we can send it to the catalog and to our set-up chairman. If you are interested in take –in day or helping out with judging, be sure to sign up with me at the meetings. Its important that I have your name and number. Its going to be a great show, many hands make light work. Plus it’s fun!

Susan Rivait, Quilt Show Registration

Quilt Show Boutique

The Guild is now collecting quilting books and magazines for the 2014 Quilt Show to sell in the boutique to support our guild. If you have any books or gently-read magazines you would like to donate a box will be placed by the souvenir block display for col- lection each month or you may contact me directly.

Remember, guild members are expected to donate two (2) items to the boutique for sale at the show. If each member contributes two items, we’ll have a bountiful selection for all the shoppers we expect. The items should have piecing, applique or quilting in them.

Anne Connor, Quilt Show Boutique Chairman

Quilt Show Consignments

Consignment Worksheets and Procedures for consignments for the Quilt Show will be availa- ble at the February and March guild meetings. The Consignment Procedure form should make it clear the requirements to place consignments in the show. Please think about what you would like to consign, this is a good way to display our talents and you make extra money!

Please call or speak to me if you need more information.

Anne Connor, Quilt Show Boutique Chairman

Quilt Show Bed-Turning Events

I need volunteers to fill some bed turning slots for the Quilt Show. What is a bed-turning? You bring YOUR collection of quilts, we lay them out on a table, and then volunteers hold them up as you tell the story about the quilt. In essence, it is a mini Show & Tell. It can last from 15 to 30 minutes, depending upon your gift of gab and the number of quilts you opt to share. I have 2 specialty bed turnings I am trying to fill up. One is for Antique Quilts (many members bring one or two antique quilts and discuss the history of that quilt) and one is for quilts made out of ties. Please contact me (or my representative) at a meeting to sign up.

Cena Harmon, Quilt Show Special Exhibits Chairman Membership

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Thank you everyone who re-registered for 2014. We have 193 members in the Guild. If your name is not on the sign in sheet or in the 2014 Directory, then we don’t have you marked as paid for 2014. If there has been a clerical error and you have paid, please show us your Guild card and we will place you back on the roll. Please note, we update the names on the sign in sheets once a month after the second meeting. So if you register during the first meeting of the month, your name will not appear until the next month. We prefer mail-in registrations to be sent to the Guild PO Box, not our homes. We would hate to lose someone in the daily shuffle.

Thanks again,

Carol Majors, Tish Overly, & Martha Sparks Membership Co-Chairs

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Day Chapter – February 27th, 9:30 a.m.

Our February program is a hands on program about adding color to your quilts. You will be able to try paints, inks, Inktense pencils, colored pencils, and Shiva Paint sticks with rubbing plates. Tables will be set up so members can rotate through the room and experiment. Hopefully this program will give everyone a chance to see how these products can not only add color but excitement and a new dimension to your quilts. Please plan to join us!

Joyce Thompson, 1st Vice President

Night Chapter – February 24th, 6:30 p.m.

Thanks to Voe Nelson for last month’s wonderful program on 4-patch scrap grabbag quilting and organization ideas; and to our quilt show crew (specifically Sue, Karen and Lisa Jo) for an informative presentation on what to expect when your getting your quilts ready for the show. The show is getting closer everyday, and we now have a Facebook Page, Pensacola quilt show 2014, please help us advertise by liking our page and sharing it with your friends.

This month Ingrid Whitcher, Karen Williamson, and Kathy Rees will present a program on blogging. Come join us to learn everything you wanted to know about blogging.

We have started 3 new activities to our night meetings:

  • These Are A Few Of My Favorite Things: Members are invited to share favorite tips, tricks, notions, etc. that have helped them to become better quilters. We invite everyone to partici- pate, just let Katy or Barbara know so we can plan for you to share. Thanks to Jeanne Chan- dler for sharing your scissors tip last month. Barbara shared a tip about using phone book pages as foundation papers for strip piecing blocks. She also talked about spiral binding quilt books so they lay flat when opened.
  • BEE Board: We have a BEE board for information exchange. Our hope is that this will help quilters connect with one another to form their own BEE. We had 3 members leave information on the board in January!
  • Community Quilts at Night will be held on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. at JoAnn’s. This group will be headed by Lynn Waters. Thank you so much Lynn for step- ping up to lead this project.

Katy Fournie & Barbara Emmons, 2nd Vice Presidents

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Community Quilts

Community Quilts at Martelli’s Friday, March 7th

Please join us at Martelli’s Fabrics and Quilting, 5450 North W Street, Pensacola, the first Friday of each month at 9:30 a.m.

We had 7 ladies come and join us for a morning of fun in January. We worked on flannel quilts, we pieced a couple small quilt tops, we made nine patch blocks, and we made kits from pre-cut blocks. We also received a donation of material; after the bag hit the table, it was picked up and made into three really cute quilts from the scraps. WoW! The ladies are really clever! This month we also received two wonderful quilts from guild members for donations to our selected charities.

We will be meeting again on March 7 at 9:30 a.m. at Martelli’s. If you need a reminder about the meeting, call me and leave your phone number. I will call to remind you to come join the fun!


Susan Rivait, Community Quilts Chair

Community Quilts at Suzanne’s Thursday, February 20 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At a recent home dedication for new Habitat for Humanity homeowners, the Pensacola Quilters’ Guild was presented with a certificate of thanks as follows:

‘Pensacola Quilters Guild, January 26, 2014

Thank you for your generosity and support of Habitat for Humanity’s mission of building homes, community, and hope.’

The next workshop will be held on Thursday, February 20 at 10 a.m. at Suzanne Wernick’s home. We shall be working on more quilts to add to our Habitat project. Please bring sewing machines and the usual sewing equipment. Come prepared for a day of quilting for a good cause.

Good fellowship and lunch are guaranteed!

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

Community Quilts at JoAnn Fabrics

A Night Community Group will begin the 2nd Thursday night of the month at JoAnn Fabrics on Davis Highway beginning February 13th. We will be meeting in the Educational Room from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Those interested in attending are welcome as we establish this group. Please bring, needles, thread, scissors, rotary cutters, cutting mat, rulers and sewing machines. Come even if you only have a few of these items. There will be machine piecing and hand sewing available to work on. Sue Rivait (Community Chairperson) is kind to assist us in getting off the ground with some project(s). You may bring a drink if it has a secure lid on it and a snack that can travel in your purse and not be messy. I am looking forward to getting this group started.

Lynn Waters Night Community Group

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At Home in the Guild

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Classes are open to guild members for $10.00. Please see me at meetings to register.

Alice McKinney, AHITG Chair

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New Member Spotlight

Please introduce yourself to these new members!

  • Susan Garrett
  • Saundra Harper
  • Olivia Duer Nelson
  • Sandy Hill
  • Rachel Maiwald
  • Judy Pinkston

Guild: (n.) An association of persons of the same trade or pursuits, formed to protect mutual interests and maintain standards. These new members have the same passion for fabric, pattern, thread, design, and color. One may be your new BFF!

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Workshops – 2014

Monday and Tuesday, March 24 & 25, 2014; Judy Neimeyer

This class is full with a short waiting list. If you are registered, you should have received an email with the supply list and pre-class instructions. Please let me know if you have not received the email.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 ; Cindy Erickson

Our Quilt Show judge, will be teaching two half- day classes. Each class will be $25. The classes are Flying Swallows and/or Amish meets Batik. Registration will begin in January. Please visit her website for more information on the classes and to get to know our quilt show judge.

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October 2014 – Phillipa Naylor is coming.

I urge you to hit your Google button to acquaint yourself with this awesome quilter’s work! More information coming soon.

Thank you for supporting Workshops.

Joyce Cobb, Workshop Chair

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