Friday, August 28, 2009

President's Message Sep 2009

Hi everyone!

Back by popular demand – hands-on demonstrations. Flying Geese is the method this month. Six volunteers shall share their secrets on how to make Flying Geese blocks - a quick and easy "Scrap Challenge" technique, if you are so inclined. Thanks to Linda Wiggins, Margie Bumm, Cynthia McGee, Suzanne Elliott and myself, who will assist the members with numerous rulers and cutting methods that make "Flying Geese - A Breeze."

I am hearing all kinds of good things about "works in progress" and some, dare I say – "finished challenge quilts"!! This year's challenge will be just excellent with plenty of participation.

I shall be at the church early (6:00-6:15ish)to set up tables for sewing stations and sewing machines. Bring an extension cord, just in case. Please come early if you can, to help set-up.

Thanks to Janet Cundiff for a fabulous color presentation last month! And next month is Halloween!


Come early, socialize, get seated, and be ready to start the meeting on time at 6:45pm

Wear Your (fiber) Name Tag - your name is then entered in a drawing for a $10 gift certificate.

This month's program – Flocks of GEESE Are Flying All Over
Work stations:

  • Wing clipper ruler - Margie Bumm
  • Eleanor Burns ruler ‑ Cynthia McGee
  • "Fit To Be Geese" ruler ‑ Mary Woltmann
  • Rotary cutter method - Suzanne Elliott
  • No Waste Method ‑ handout
  • Bonus method **Please bring pen and paper to take notes.

Other Things to bring to the meeting:

  • September birthday raffle gifts
  • Completed Christmas Lotto Blocks earn you 2 chances if you bring them back this month
  • DONATION items and baskets for the auction - last chance!
  • Kids and Juvenile quilts to hang
  • Regular Show & Tell items
  • F Q Lotto "Kid Stuff" - pink, blue, or juvenile prints of all kinds, novelty prints
  • Bring your money for:
    • Judy Holley class on 9/12, GSQA member =$20, non-members =$30
    • Christmas lotto, $2.50/packet, Last chance to purchase, deadline for completed blocks is October meeting.

Nomination Committee: 3 appointees and 1 standing officer, other that the president

Your Labor Day Weekend Retreat - begins on Friday, Sept. 4th.

Friday, August 7, 2009

Highlights from August 2009 Meeting

Saturday Sew-In date, this Saturday, the 8th, at church.

This is the tax-free weekend. Maybe it's time to invest in a new sewing machine, embroiderer, or serger. State tax, 4%, is exempt.(Off the first $2500 of the purchase.) You still pay local taxes. Visit your local shops today.

Lasissez Les Bon Temps Rouler Shop Hop
August 14th & 15th - Shop Hop - Get your passport, locally. Then visit Amelia's, Fabric Krazy, Quilt Corner, Quilting Niche, Bright Hopes, Borne Quilter, and Mama's Quilt Shop. All shops will be open 9am - 6pm both days, Friday & Saturday. Passports are $5. You receive a $5 coupon to each shop for purchases over $20. There are (11) prize possibilities if you visit all shops and stamp your passport. (Leave your passport at the last shop you visit.)
Each shop has a basket worth $250.00 to give away your chance is generated when you visit that shop. Come join in on all the fun! Passports are on sale now. Talk up a car pool.

Pay Up: And please confirm your reservation with each contact person, either Cynthia or Mary. They, in turn, will contact you with a list of all the participants in each event.

Pay balance for retreat -
The minimum number has been met. Pay your balance to Cynthia McGee. If you are not going, please let her know so those on the waiting list can pay.

Pay for Judy Holley --New York Beauties II class (Sept. 12th ) Supply list is available.
Pay Mary Woltmann --
GSQA member =$20, non-members =$30

Talk to Mary Woltmann if you want to participate in the Christmas exchange of hand-made pin cushions.

Patchwork Pelicans are having a retreat at the Judson Center, Oct. 5-8th $168.75.
**Contact Elaine Gosselin
for information. (wrong contact in the Aug. newsletter)

the new word for today is...... Achromatic: means the absence of color, as in a black and white quilt. Black, white, and grey are terms that represent the absence of hue or color.

which is different from Monochromatic: which means to use different values of the same hue or color in a quilt, ex. green quilt, blue quilt, red quilt, etc.

(Our thanks to Janet Cundiff for a great presentation and hands-on demonstration of color theory and terms). She also recommends: A current magazine, Better Holmes and Gardens Creative Collection: American Patchwork and Quilting, October 2009, 100th Issue, called Get Confident with Color! ($5.99) Her source for some of the information.

Quilt Challenge - a reminder of the deadline.......
The West Baton Rouge Museum, 845 Jefferson Ave., Port Allen, is challenging regional quilters to create quilts using select fabrics, designs, and techniques to commemorate the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial. It will be the site of an exhibition Sept. 27- Nov. 20.
Entries will be juried. Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places and honorable mention. Traveling exhibit will also include 20 other original quilts.
Deadline for entry is Aug. 17, at the museum. Entry fee is $8. Checks are to be made payable to the West Baton Rouge Historical Association. Each entry must also include a color photograph and label. For registration forms or more details, call (225) 336-2422, extension 16 or visit

Monday, August 3, 2009

President's Message Aug 2009

Hi everyone!

Summer is just a flying by and it is way too hot to be outside! So I think we should stay cool and calm and stay inside and quilt! Maybe this could be considered a mental health prescription. You know, quilting for medicinal purposes..... I am surely looking forward to your reports from the Knoxville show. I am just so proud that our guild work was selected. I just cannot say it enough.

Janet Cundiff has developed a power-point presentation on color for us this month that is just spectacular. She demonstrates color on a grand scale and shows how we use color in quilting and in other ways in our lives without really being aware of it and how it affects us.

Our many thanks again, to Joyce LeFleur. Her "life in quilts" was beautiful beyond description and so inspirational! I am sure we all left the meeting determined to do great things! I couldn't believe how many quilts she had to share with us.

Thanks for the many ways you all support the guild and each other! Happy quilting! Mary

Things to Bring

  • August birthday raffle gifts
  • Donations for the auction
  • 2-color quilts to hang
  • Any "Color Tool" quilts for Janet's lecture
  • Show & tells
  • F Q Lotto "Just Two Colors" - any two colors in a FQ, Dots, black & white, tone on tone, etc.

For the Meeting Topic

  • a gallon Ziploc bag of small scraps of all different colors
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • color tools that you have or use (or CAN'T use)
  • "What is Your Process?" - share your personal thoughts on how you choose color schemes for quilts
  • Share your quilts (and tools) where you used a color tool to develop a quilt's color palette. Any questions? Call Janet at 769‑0973.

Your money for :

  • Judy Holley class on 9/12, 2 class spots available. GSQA member =$20, non-members =$30
  • Christmas lotto, $2.50/packet [3 chances if you bring your completed block this month]
  • Labor Day Weekend Retreat, pay balance now.

July 2009 Meeting Minutes

minutes of –July 2, 2009 Meeting - Mary Woltmann, president, welcome, 45 members, 4 guests
- introduction of guests - Thank you's for patriotic quilts and Christmas in July quilts hanging up.
- UFO report by Suzanne Elliott --please call or e-mail her as you finish your projects.
- Scrap challenge report - some quilters have finished their piece, some over-achievers have finished two quilts.
- West Baton Rouge Museum has an Abraham Lincoln challenge (contact details are in the newsletter)
- Several members are going to the Knoxville show. The guild's Para Challenge was accepted there.
- Thanks to all who helped pack and ship the challenge, particularly Thelma Berg.
- New York Beauties II class on Sept. 12 with Judy Holley, see Joyce Perry for payment and supply list.
- Labor Day Retreat updates, pay Cynthia. You can stay on Monday, Labor Day for free, but you provide your own meals. **Participants may stay on Monday, Labor Day for free, but you provide your own meals.
- August Shop Hop info (see newsletter)
- Christmas (Lotto Blocks)- Tree Blocks and Star Blocks (8-pointed stars), all with a common background fabric (a piece of border as color palette guide for coordinating fabrics). The 6 inch center of the star may be any one of a number of traditional pieced designs in hand-out, but not one solid piece of fabric. Unfinished at 14". Will be trimmed by the assembly committee. Return finished block in Aug. for 3 chances, in Sept. for 2 chances, and lastly, at the Oct. meeting for 1 chance (the deadline).
- 2 sign up sheets: Volunteers to bring a wrapped Christmas gift to the party as a door prize (similar to the shower gift door prizes at the bridal reception in June.) Those interested in participating in a hand-made pin cushion exchange. You must sign up to be eligible for the pin cushion drawing.
- For Christmas giving the guild will Adopt-a-Family (Beth Jessup does contacts) Gifts and cash donations from members.
- quillow kits - please take a kit to finish for Parker House
- Please come early, socialize, get seated, and be ready to start the meeting on time @ 6:45 JoPaula makes motion, accepted.
- winners: Mary Wolf won both FQ's and name tag gift certifcate.
Joyce LeFleur - My Life in Quilts - dates, quilts, recipients, and labels are so important.
(Joyce is the mother of Lucy Landry, a local, well-known doll maker and quilter.)
1979 - Sunbonnet Sue/Overall Bill for granddaughter
Iris Applique, quilt teacher was Katherine Watts
Purple/lilac 2-blocks alternating
1930's applique roses and braided borders (made 2 quilts )
Blue/gray/creme Baton Rouge block
2005 Katrina Mystery quilt in Browns
Scrappy Flowers (her own design) w/ flying geese
Cabbage Rose applique
Baltimore Album, cornucopia applique w/ maple leaves
New York Beauty in rich tones
Santa Applique quilt from Willie Holt pattern at the Thimble
Fiber Flowers - art quilt with organza and Shasiko stitching
Flower -Swamp applique piece
Cypress Scene -Swamp piece
Sunday in the Park wall hanging
Santa at the Window applique
Unicorn Tapestry Applique - fashioned after real French tapestry - Joyce drew the pattern
1996 Christmas Nativity scene
Old World Santa in Burgundy Redwork/Toille
Friendship stars w/ applique border
Oriental Birds applique design w/ spool border
Stained Glass Window design w/ apple border
Applique design w/ Bible verses, birds, and flowers
Winding Ways in Civil War fabrics
Court House Steps from silk ties in miniature
Oriental birds
Leaves - made with discharge method using bleach on black (makes copper color)
Four Seasons - blackberry bush, white flowers
(Joyce states, "Value is very important. it makes the picture jump out.") Uses size 80 machine needles
She has made 120 quilts **see these quilts on the guild blogspot

--The guild members gave her a standing ovation and our many thanks for such a wonderful gift to share, a lifetime of quilts, with many more quilts to come.
Joyce received a small thank you gift from Mary.
Mary Woltmann---2 Americana quilts
Karen Perron---Liberty and Watermelon for All - a red, white & blue, stack and whack design
Joni D--quilted a Turning 20 on Norma's long arm, first quilt WITH a label
Elaine Gosselin--Fat quarter Hobo bag, paper-pieced star quilt w/ log cabins
Connie Ewbank–red/white/blue sampler quilt with snowball borders, friendship star, Ohio star, quilts of valor
Suzanne Elliott - t-shirt quilt for niece - Volley balls in sashing
Debbie Ingram--cat fabric tote bag, cat quilt top (charm quilt, each fabric used once), flag wall hanging
Nina Delaune– 2 UFO's, Storm at Sea, blue/gold leaves, carpenter's star, Ralph Lauren sheeting
Janet Cundiff--black/white/red French Braid quilt
Mary Ann Godso–hand applique Butterfly quilt, "All Dolled Up" pattern w/ shoes, hat, purse, and flowers
Caroline Derbes--purse from Beth's class. cotton theory table runner
Merlene Lewis--5 patriotic quilts: redwork w/ rail fence, bargello flag, 8-pointed star with a smaller 8-pointed stars for center, heart blocks in red/white/blue, friendship stars, vest w/ mom's apple pie and lady bugs, 2 baby quilts: 1 bluework embroidery -elephants, and 1 pink ballerina quilt
Barbara Lankford–table runner, UFO-cheater cloth circus quilt for charity, an Internet source for Featherweight bobbins (see newsletter). a tell - Lucy Landry's Fairy Doll was featured in Art Doll Quarterly magazine
Lilly Willis–took "Right Brain Drawing" class taught by Caroline Derbes (B. Lankford did also), 911 quilt - Sunbonnet Sues - Hearts and Hands - Uncle Sams in red/white/blue
Diana Moreno--Irish star with hearts
Beth Jessup--red, white, and blue "around the World" for quilts of valor
Michael Young--Christmas Tree quilt of elongated log cabins was designed by Michael. It hangs in his home at Christmas and is decorated with garland, ribbons, and ornaments. He has a 2nd quilt still in the box to be finished.
Linda Wiggins– red/white/blue bargello flag quilt - She teaches this class at Amelia's - also in LSU color way.
Jo Paula Lantier--2 antique quilts from a friend in Pennsylvania (no pun intended). She has questions about some way to clean an old quilt. Amelia provided some answers from an appraiser's view point. Cautions of fugitive dyes and ability to manage water/soap solutions.

FYI... Patchwork Pelicans are having a retreat at the Judson Center, Oct. 5-8th $168.75.
Contact Betty Braud for information. 755-4746