Thru the Eye of the Needle

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From the President

Dear Members,

I hope this newsletter finds you and your families safe and dry. As many of you are drying out, please reach out to your fellow guild members for comfort and support.

How many of you have been inspired by the presentations of the Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild? Have you tried doing something “modern”? If so, please bring it to show and share at the next meeting. Opening our-selves to new styles and techniques can be a very liberating experience. Look to future meetings for more in spiration.

Patti Struck, President

Day Chapter – May 22nd, 9:30 AM

So much has happened to our community and many of our members these past few weeks. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. If you know of a member in need of help, please let me know and we will do our best to help. This month’s meeting is all about rulers. We will be demonstrating the use of a number of specialty rulers. Come see how they can make your piecing more accurate and fast.

Joyce Thompson, 1st Vice President

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Change in Schedule:

The night meeting is moved up to avoid conflict with the Memorial Day Holiday, PLEASE mark your calendars for Monday, May 19

Night Chapter – May 19th, 6:30 PM

I hope you all enjoyed Diane’s presentation on Modern Quilting and curved piecing last month. Special thanks to all members of our guild, the Emerald Coast Modern Quilt Guild and Pat Van Burkelo (from the Gulf States Quilter Association) for letting us use pictures of their quilts or sending their quilts, it was a wonderful trunk show.

On to May, and what do Barbara and I have in store for you all this month? Well, what is whacky and wonderful, and full of quilty fun (besides Barbara and Katy)? How about ―Whack A Wonder‖, a whole new spin on the one fabric wonder combined with stack-and-whack, simplified and glorified for your quilting enjoyment; presented by our won Sharon Campbell! Thanks, Sharon, for volunteering to share your time and talent. And for those of you aspiring to make your first ―bed size quilt‖ the bed will be back! The quilts need to measure 7.5×6 inches, making this truly ―a quilt in a day‖ project (maybe even Barbara could get the quilting done this time, and not just piece the top!).

REMINDER MEETING DATE CHANGE!!! GUILD MEETING IS MONDAY, MAY 19th!!!! Hoping to keep you all in stitches throughout the year,

Katy Fournie & Barbara Emmons, 2nd Vice Presidents/The Twisted Stitcher Sisters

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Please introduce yourself to these new (and rejoining) members! These 3 members joined/rejoined us at the April Meeting: Gail Burke Judi Davis Sylvia Wheeler These 12 members joined/rejoined us at the Quilt Show: Susan Whittle Belinda Braeuler Irene Carannante Pat Richards Carol Schnedar LaDonna Stovall Leslie Walker Lou Hogans Jean Baldwin Kathleen Coverdale Judy Kempen Allison Toms

Louise Houston is our featured New Member this month: I am new to quilting, but find I am really enjoying it. I have taken a couple of classes, meet with a bee, read as much as I can, but I find that most of my new found knowledge comes from friends. I have a couple who have encouraged and helped when I needed it the most. So far my quilting accomplishments are two tee shirt quilts for my granddaughters, and I am now working on a quilt for another granddaughter who was recently married. I think I have found my new favorite hobby. Since I am retired I probably have more time than some although volunteer as well to fill my time. Love it. Thank you. Louise

Quilt Show Report

The 2014 Pensacola Quilt Show has bloomed! and it was truly beautiful! JoAnn and I are deeply appreciative of all the hard work the PQG members put in throughout the two years; those who made souvenir blocks, donated books, magazines and items for sale; the subcommittee chairs and their helpers who worked diligently to make the various pieces come together; those who helped create our beautiful opportunity quilt; those who contributed their talents to make the sliced quilts; to Cena who graciously opened her home time after time for meetings; those who volunteered from set-up to take-down and throughout the show. It took all this teamwork to make the show the success that it was.

The fairgrounds have been secured for 2016: April 15 and 16. The next step is for someone or two someones to step forward and begin the planning for the guild’s 16th biennial show. It does require a commitment of time, but we can assure you it is rewarding work that benefits the guild in many ways as well as drawing in other quilters and visitors who may be interested in learning to quilt or just appreciate the beauty of the quilts and exhibits (and/or shopping). A huge thank you to everyone!

Karen Williamson & JoAnn McKeithan Co-Chairs

Quilt Show Staffing

Thanks to all who volunteered their time and efforts to make our quilt show run smoothly. A guild, by definition, is an association of people with similar interests: a club, society, or other organization of people with common interests or goals.

Well, we merged our interests and our goals and made the show run smoothly. If you still have a hostess ribbon, please bring it back to the next guild meeting.

Barbara Doster & Linda Richardson, Staffing Co-Chairs

Workshops – 2014

October 2014 – Phillipa Naylor will be here in October. I urge you to go to her website www.phillipanaylor.com and see her beautiful work.

Joyce Cobb, Workshop Chair

Quilt Shows of Interest

May 16-17 Merry Quilts of May Winston-Salem, NC Www.forsythquilters.org

May 23-25 Smoky Mountain Quilters of Tennessee Maryville, TN Www.smokymtnquilters.com

May 30-31 Biennial Quilt Show Tuscaloosa, AL Www.waqg.com

June 5-7 Alabama Quilts! Quilt Symposium of Alabama Hoover, Alabama Www.alabamaquilts.com

June 12-14 Original Creative Festival, Quilt-Sew-Fiber Art Expo Cincinnati, Ohio Www.originalcreativefestival.com

June 20-22 Tidewater Quilters’ Guild, The World of Quilting: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow Chesapeake, Virginia Www.tqgva.org

June 27-29 Vermont Quilt Festival Essex Junction, Vermont Www.vqf.org

At Home in the Guild

Do you have a favorite skill or technique you would be willing to share with your fellow guild members? If so, please consider teaching a class for At Home in the Guild. See me at meetings to volunteer to teach a class or to register for one of the following:

Orphan Block Party Becky Dietz May 25 2:00-4:00

This class is a follow-up to Becky’s Orphan Block program and trunk show for the May night guild meeting. This will be a great opportunity to learn a new skill as well as spend a lovely afternoon with friends. Please see me, call, or email to reserve your spot.

Free Motion Machine Quilting Voe Nelson July 15

My First Quilt Patty Struck June-August

Announcing a series of sessions for the first time quilt maker. These sessions will cover the quilt making process from selecting a pattern to binding a quilt. Sessions will be held each Tuesday from 9:30-2:30 throughout June, July, and August. A true commitment to making a quilt and a working knowledge of you sewing machine are required. All work will be done on your own sewing machine. Enjoy learning to choose your fabrics, cut your fabric, and sew blocks in these weekly sessions. If you are interested, please fill out a registration sheet and speak to Patti Struck.

Alice McKinney, AHITG Chair

Thank You

To all of my loving quilting family, I want everyone of you to know how much I was comforted in the thought others cared so much regarding the loss of my son. Your prayers, concern, and donations were greatly appreciated at this very difficult time. All your comfort will give me and Emery’s family strength and peace in the days to come. My son Emery, will always be in my heart and I pray we will be together again in the ever after. With sincere gratitude,

Anne Connor

Community Quilts

Community Quilts at Martelli’s

Friday, June 6th, 9:30 a.m

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

We will meet Friday June 6th at 9:30 at Martelli’s. Last month we were very creative with the fabric we had and we came up with 6 cute tops. We have many quilt tops that need to be quilt-ed – maybe after the show you could help us out, We will have some of our quilts on display at the quilt show. Call Susan Rivait if you have any questions.

Susan Rivait, Community Quilts Chair

Community Quilts at Suzanne’s

Thursday, June 19, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

On Thursday, June 19, 10 AM, Community Quilts will meet to make more quilts for Habitat new homeowners. At the last meeting, a beautiful Log Cabin quilt was constructed. It is being quilted by long time contributor, Diane Carson. Diane is one of many who have donated their time and effort for this project. The plan for this meeting is to make a Court House Steps quilt from 2/1/2 strips.

As always, lunch will be served. Please come and join us for fun, food and fellowship. Bring sewing machine and your favorite sewing tools. Fabric and ideas (?) are provided. Please let me know if you will be attending so that I will know how many plates to set at the table.

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

Community Quilts at JoAnn Fabrics

Thursday, June 12th Thursday, July 10th

A Night Community Group will be meeting in the Educational Room from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the SECOND THURSDAY of each month. 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. We had a successful first meeting and hope to create some fabulous quilts for the guild’s outreach in the community.

Lynn Waters, Co-Chair, Night Community Group

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