Thru the Eye of the Needle

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From the President

Dear Members,

This week I was speaking to a friend whose mother had recently passed away. He wanted to know what he could do with his mother’s quilting supplies/books/stash after his sister had gone through it. I realized that our loved ones may not know the value of all our quilting goodies. Why not take time to put in writing how you want your items distributed? It may relieve your loved ones of some burdensome decisions. I’m lucky. My daughter is a quilter, and while our tastes in fabrics are very different, she does know the value of those shelves and shelves of fabric.

What wonderful meetings we had last month. I hope you are looking forward to the jumble sales this month and the upcoming guest speakers we are having. One of my favorite parts of the meetings is “Show and Share”. Why not bring your latest project to show at the meeting? We can all be inspired by and learn from each other. Who knows where your next great quilt idea will come from?

Sincerely yours,

Patti Struck, President

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Day Chapter – August 28th, 9:30 AM

Our July meeting was well attended and I hope you all have made many more fabric beads. Please look for an email containing Anita Heady’s hand-outs from the program.

This month is our annual Jumble Sale for both the day and night meetings. I know all of you look for-ward to August for our annual Jumble Sale. So clean out your fabric stash, patterns you KNOW you are never going to make, and any other quilting supplies you would like to sell. Reserve your table and sell your stuff!! It’s a fun day to make a little money, spend a little money, and visit with all your friends. Don’t forget to invite your friends that aren’t members so they too can find some deals!

We have already had many members sign-up for tables to sell their goodies so you won’t want to miss it. Remember to bring cash for your purchases and maybe a tote to carry all your finds home. For those of you coming to sell, please remember to come early for set up, bring sheets to cover your tables, and change for your buyers. If you have any questions or would like to add a table, please call me @ 850- 501-3185.

Joyce Thompson, 1st Vice President

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Night Chapter – August 25th, 6:30 PM

We had so much fun sharing quilted postcards with members last month. We appreciate Tina Gilley sharing her postcard collection. For those of you that missed the meeting, members will make a Christmas postcard to exchange on December 15 at our Christmas party. If you need the Pellon stiffener for the inside of your postcard or if you need directions for making postcards, please see Barbara.

This month we will have our annual Jumbo Sale. All sale items will be quilted or quilt related items. We have 8 members signed up for tables (so far). Members selling should come 1/2 hour before the meeting to set up. There will be no selling before the meeting. Tables should be covered with sheets until the sale begins. The seller(s) is/are responsible for pricing all items as well as handling their own money.

Members wanting to purchase items should bring plenty of cash to score these great deals! We look forward to seeing you at the sale!

Katy Fournie & Barbara Emmons,

Co- 2nd Vice Presidents – - – - – (The dynamic duo)

New Member Meet & Greet

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Attention New Members!

A coffee will be held Tuesday, October 7 at 9:30, in my home to welcome new members, to get acquainted, and to answer any questions you may have about the guild. If you have joined the guild during 2014, you are welcome to attend.

Patti Struck, Guild President

ANNOUNCING: “Pelicans on Parade”

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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

  1. Community Quilts

Community Quilts at Martelli’s

September 5th

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

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Let’s continue our good works and see how we can benefit the homeless children of Escambia County.

Susan Rivait, Community Quilts Chair

Community Quilts at JoAnn Fabrics

Thursday, September 11th

Thursday, October 9th

The Night Community Group is meeting on the 2nd Thursday night of the month at JoAnn Fabrics on Davis Highway from 5:30 to 8:00. The group is open to all members. If you wish to join us, bring your sewing machine and thread to sew. If you cannot being a machine, that is fine, there is plenty to do like ironing seams, cutting fabric and a bit of chatting. We are supporting the projects already established with the other Community groups as well as in the process of selecting another charity to donate quilts to.

Lynn Waters, Co-Chair, Night Community Group

Community Quilts at Suzanne’s

Thursday, OCTOBER 19

10 am to 3 pm

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


Sign up is open and going well for Philippa Naylor’s workshops. There are still openings in all classes. Sign up at the meetings (Bring your checkbook!) or call me to sign up and mail your payment to me. Joyce Cobb (850-723-0456). Supply lists and all other information will be emailed at a later time.


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!

Paula Nadelstern

Paula Nadelstern will be here in February 2015 for three workshops. Put this on your radar! Sign up will begin in November. Perfect timing for Christmas gifts! More information coming soon.

Joyce Cobb, Workshop Chair

Quillows Hit The Mark With Teens

I want to thank all those who assisted with the quillows for the teens in foster care who had an opportunity to spend a few days doing some fun things and learning some life and leadership skills. They were excited to receive such lovely and useful gifts and particularly wanted to know how to care for them… whether they could wash them… could they go in the dryer and did they need to air-dry. It was a wonderful and rewarding experience for me to spend an hour with these delightful, well-mannered young men and women.

Quillow makers include Sue Rivait, Patti Struck, Joyce Thompson, Joyce Cobb, Leni Cable, Carolyn Finch, Frances Borowski, Linda Kehagias, Laura Dennison, and Patricia Pappas.

With a grateful heart, JoAnn McKeithan

Quillows made for Teens

Quilt Show Financial Report

The quilt show netted the guild $15,046.02. A copy of the financial report will be placed in the library so that members who receive mailed newsletters may look at the specifics. Printing/mailing limitations do not allow additional pages of data to be included in the mailed version of the newsletter.

I expect there may be a few more dollars flow in from pattern and/or DVD sales but the board decided to accept this as a final report. Ten percent of the profit will be transferred to the Memorial Fund.

Yea! It was a great show all around including financial!

JoAnn McKeithan

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New Member Spotlight

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

Mary Davis

Kate Orban

Rosemary Martin

Florence McLendon

Jules Kariher

Nametags are in! Please pick up your name tag at the sign-in table at the September meeting. If you are not able to attend, please have a friend pick it up for you.

At Home in the Guild

Thank you to Sharon Campbell and Voe Nelson for recently teaching At Home in the Guild classes.

Karen Williamson will teach Beginning Quilt Design using EQ-7 on September 16. If you wish to take this class, you must have EQ 7 software loaded on your laptop which you will bring to the class. You can sign up at meetings, call, or email me to register for this class.

Elaine Chord will be teaching a class as a follow up to Philliipa Naylor’s program in the fall.

Alice McKinney, AHITG Chair

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