Wednesday, October 5, 2016

President's Message - October 2016


I hope you all enjoyed our September Social.  It was well-attended by those who could break away from the rebuilding process.  It was a pleasant time of warmth and friendship.  We heard stories that brought a few tears.  We shared the burdens on our souls with friends.  We reacted as all Southerners do in times of crisis and trepidation; we ate !!  Thank you for all the good food and kind hearts.

So, after the storm, this is that time where we get on with our lives.  Yet, it is still a difficult time for many. We have to carry on with our future planning and also get our lives "back on track."  It seems to be a struggle to focus on both things at once. The empathy we feel for our family, friends, and neighbors cannot be eased until all those who were flooded are then back in their homes, sleeping in their own beds, and returning to their normal lives.  We are not there, yet.

Every day has its hurdles.  Every day has its small victories.  Let us Rejoice with every step that puts you closer to where we want to be.

On Thursday evening we will exhibit your good works from The Selfish Round Robin Challenge. Show your stuff !  I am sure you have produced some imaginative borders for your quilts. Voting/prizes.

Thank you to all the members who sewed pillowcases for flood victims.  Paula Toups prepared a huge bin of kits and distributed them at the social.  Folks to all the kits, finished them. and returned them to Paula for distribution.  Paula, Loretta Weber, Pam Grisby, and several other quilters have donated 100's of pillowcases to those in need.  We thank you for your selfless generosity.

Remember......  The River City guild has a sales table at the Remember Me Fall Arts Jubilee on Saturday, October 8th, here at St. Paul's.  Please plan to attend the sale.  Please bring donated items for the guild table.  If you can please work a few hours at the table.  Raffle quilt tickets, Beth's Bags, and many more items of interest. Bring a friend.

AND, Houston Market/Quilt Show is nearly here!! Market begins at the end of month and the show's preview night is Wednesday, November 2nd.  The Quilt Show ends on Sunday, Nov. 6th. That being said, A Reminder - the guild's November meeting date is moved to Thursday, November 10th.  That is the second Thursday of the month.

SEW, dear ones, be inspired, as I am by your creativity and drive,



  • bring your "Selfish Round Robin Challenge"- voting - prizes for viewer's choice
  • bring Show & Tell. your regular Show/Tell and the extra special
  • bring items and monies for the Birthday Table Extravaganza.
  • bring  FQ's for Fat Quarter Drawing -  "Batiks - any color"  (up to 4 Fat Quarters) 
  • bring & wear your Fiber Name Tag:  You could win $20 !!
  • bring any finished pillowcases donated for Paula Toups or contact her at 802 7283 
  • Last chance - to bring donated items for River City Table at the Fall Arts Festival 

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Our Quilty Friends Need Your Assistance

Our quilty friends need help washing her fabric stash and maybe their clothes as well.  A washing effort is being coordinated by Cheryl Armstrong, Margie Bumm and Sherry Herringshaw.  If you can help, please contact one of them.  

We know for sure that the following people got water in their homesIf you can wash, you may want to call these friends or just go by and pick up stuff to wash.  They may be too busy to ask for help at this point.

Candy Bergeron
Nina Delaune
Connie Ewbank
Mary Felder
Karol Guidry
Becky Guillot
France's Jones
Sarah LeBlanc
Valerie Kazlaukas
Debbi Kelly
Margaret Muse
Glen Parks
Louise Porter
Renee Vidrine
Jackie Wood 

Thursday, August 4, 2016

a portable design wall (featured at the GSQA POE class)

Materials needed:  

Prym Dritz Superboard cutting boardIf you are looking for a spacious working surface for cutting fabrics and other craft and home decorating projects, the Open Folded Superboard is a smart choice. It has a sturdy Kraft board construction with a neat laminated finish. For added convenience, this superboard features markings in both directions and lines for cutting nine widths of bias strips and patterns for scallops and circles.
  • Brand: Prym Dritz
  • Dimensions: 40 x 72 inches
2 sturdy curtain rods, adjustable to height of design wall (72 inches)

Pat Speth's Portable Design Wall 1 dressmaker’s cardboard cutting board (the kind that folds up for storage) 2 curtain rods that extend to at least 72" (the white metal ones that telescope into each other so that there is a curve on each end)  a piece of white flannel 44" x 80" or a flannel backed vinyl tablecloth—very likely you will have to buy extra flannel and sew it together to make it this large, as it is not usually wide enough on its own.  10 -12 large binder clips 2" size (from the office supply store) ** Double stick carpet tape **Strapping tape, package tape, duct tape---some kind of broad tape to smooth out the edges that extend past the carpet tape. (Pat Speth is the author of the ‘Nickel Quilt’ series of books and gave this to her class during the teaching of her Paducah Nine Patch in Bloomington, IN, March 2, 2012.) ( Do not get the cheapest curtain rods (such as those from Wal-Mart) as the least little bend will go into a full-blown bend catastrophe! 

photo credit

August 2016 program: highlights of the summer 2016 POE (GSQA educational program), part two

The one-seam, three-dimensional Flying Geese block would be an interesting addition to a child's quilt and would add some complexity to a simple border.  Missouri Star Quilt Company's 8-minute YouTube video shows how to make the block in a manner similar to what was shared in class  

Another three-dimensional project shared at the POE was a fabric origami butterfly.  Cindy Baucum created many of these as pins awarded to GSQA raffle quilt block finalists.  After making 60 of these pins, she was a pro at making one the size of a penny (actually, smaller!)

I forgot to mention chocolate--a basket full from which to choose all day!  We finished the class with a recipe that POE coordinator Paula Mathews shared, for Millionaire Pie from Spend with Pennies  

The purpose of POE is for GSQA members to attend, and then to return to their guild to share class content with all guild members.  It's one way that GSQA meets its mission statement to share the love the quilting through commuity service and education.  So come join us soon, to see what we're all about.  River City is hosting the January 2017 GSQA meeting, right here in Baton Rouge.  

Renee Hoeprich