Nearly forty enthusiastic quilters were eager to start a new year of quilting at Piecemakers first monthly meeting of 2104 on Wednesday, January 15. Linda LaDoux, club vice-president, welcomed returning members and three new members. Victoria Banks, club president, expressed sincere appreciation to Doris Brown who has served as the club treasurer for ten years. She is retiring from this position and we welcome Pam Davis as our new treasurer. Linda announced the Club Officers and upcoming programs for 2014. Pam gave the treasurers report. Victoria conducted the business meeting.
Rene Riggan showed the donation quilt for the Clinton Library fundraiser raffle. The blocks were from the 4-patch posey challenge the club members made. The completed quilt is lovely.
Eloise Brown brought the 2013 Mystery Block of the Month to a close by inviting everyone who had completed their quilts to show them off. Eloise and five members had a completed quilt or quilt top to display. Linda LaDoux introduced the 2014 Block of the Month. It will be a Star Sampler with Log Cabin setting blocks. There will be a different star every month. January’s block is a 9-patch star.
Ramona Johnson, Jan Savu, and Kay Otis provided information about Retreat coming up in February at Mount Eagle. There will be an ice cream social and games are planned. Brenda Dunlap will lead the February Sit & Sew and we will be making the Silly Goose Quilt. Ida Holt gave members a last chance for White Elephant items that were left over from last year. We will start fresh in February, so bring in your donation items.
As always, Sew and Tell is a highlight of our meeting. We had: a quilt with pinwheels and stars made from 2 ½-inch strips; a BOM quilt from the Tales of the First Ladies; a Lover’s Knot quilt; a purse made in winter fabrics; microwave bowl cozies; a personalized baby quilt; a Celtic Solstice quilt top; a pink and blue mystery quilt; a finished Civil War quilt; donation baby quilts; a ring bearer pillow; wool mat; paper doll quilt wall-hanging; a quilt from Elm Creek Quilts Caroline’s Collection; another completed Civil War quilt; a masculine red, white and black quilt with flannel backing; a pink and black wide-open pouch; a table mat; a bag; a masculine quilt in blues (with no flowers in the fabrics); a brown quilt made from 2 ½ inch strips; the king-sized monster quilt made for a neighbor whose house burned; a quilt made with flannel and wool appliqué; and a keepsake baby quilt made by Jill’s great-grandmother.
The Sit & Sew was a Lined Drawstring Bag led by Jan Savu. What a clever and easy way to assemble a bag. Thank you, Jan! Piecemakers next meeting will be February 19, 2014, at 10:00 at the Methodist Church in Clinton. Anyone interested in quilting is welcome to attend.