Thursday, June 1, 2017

May 2017 Meeting

Attendance & Membership

We had 41 in attendance and one visitor - Peggy Durgin (our speaker)


Door Prizes - Esther Dill (for Wanda Somers) / Colleen Thomas

Winners included:

Johnnie Reber

Debbie (did not get last name)

Verilyn Smith

Laurie Brobst


Treasurer's Report - Karen Larabee

Karen reports that we have maxed out our membership at this time at 80

$1809.44 (checking which includes the $100 scholarship)

$2007.43 (savings)

Severral people turned in $$ from their pin money sales


Hospitality House - Cindy Conrad

The Hospitality House meeting this year is August 14th - the 2nd Monday of August due to a conflict with the HH staff/meeting room at the Cheyenne Building of the Methodist Medical Center on Oak Ridge Turnpike. This year's theme is "Wrapped in Warmth" and we have a flyer available to explain the suggested colors, sizes, use of fabric, etc.  Quilts will be judged and prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.  Celia Shanks has offered to bring in labels next month which can be used for the back of the quilt.  Are you ready?!


Block Drawing/Fat Quarter Exchange -- Cindy Conrad for Julie Niles

Julie had announced the Block Drawing at our April meeting.  We had lots of participation at our May meeting and ended up with two winners of the 30's fabric blocks:

Nancy Rayside

Linda Cole

Pillowcases for Children's Hospital - Lynda McLaren

Lynda reminded us to pick up fabric from the donation table and to contribute fabric as we can.  She will continue to have a table setup for this purpose.  Many pillowcases were turned in tonight.  Although pillowcases are due in November, she will accept them anytime!


UFO's - Allison Darken
15 members are participating.  Allison shared that 3 people have finished 5 items!  Email Allison with your list of UFO's at and get busy finishing those UFO's.  Prizes will be awarded.


Round Robin - Narda Hipsher

We had the 1st swap in April. Get ready to bring your pizza box to the June meeting!  After that, the last swap will be in August.  


Other Announcements/Reminders

Patty Ashworth talked about members from our guild attending the Norris Guild on August 23, at 1 p.m.  It is a way to get to know other local quilters and see what they are doing.  By show of hands, there seems to be quite a bit of interest in attending. Please email Patty if you are planning on attending -


Workshop Announcements

Chenille Scarf - Julie Niles is teaching a 2 hour chenille scarf class on June 10 at Connie Dean's office/sewing area. A list has been circulated for signups. Please let Julie know if you are interested. Julie says there are examples at Twisted Sisters Quilt Shop in Maryville. Attached is the information about this class and directions to Connie Dean's workplace - 9821 Cogdill Rd, Suite 1, Knoxville TN 37932 


The Batik Chenille Scarf
Materials needed:
1 1/3 yards of RAYON batik or homespun

Thread to coordinate , sometimes a complementary color creates a nice look

Rotary cutter and mat 6” x 24” ruler or equivalent ( I have a 5 inch Creative Grid ruler which I will bring)

Slash cutter (optional) or thin pointed scissors

Sewing machine in good working order

**Walking foot if have one for machine is very helpful


1. Press fabric well and remove any wrinkles

2. Remove selvedges from the edges of fabric

3. Washing— To be done At home after scarf is complete

1. Machine wash and dry the scarf with a few old towels to help fray the edges. Use fabric softener

to soften the scarf even more. Be sure to empty the lint trap after drying.

2. Trim any uneven edges


Use the edge of your walking foot as a sewing guide

Try using multiple colors of batiks

A center layer of contrasting fabric works well to avoid cutting the center fabric

Use fewer layers for a lighter weight scarf

Use poly/rayon thread for a “glisteny” look

New Year's Star class to be taught by Anita Chaisty in June at the Civic Center.  A completed quilt was shown at the March and April meetings. Esther Dill reminded everyone to sign up for the class! I believe there are 3 openings now for this class.


The Guild will cover the cost of the class by paying the instructor but members will pay $12.00 per person and non-members will pay $15.00 as they register for the class.  The Guild will reimburse the members but will notreimburse non-members. This is being done to insure we have good participation to support the class.  Our June & July Guild meetings will be held at 7 p.m.  The time is noted in our new Guild books.


Program & Speaker - Peggy Durgin, Child Advocacy Center

Peggy shared with us the goal of the Child Advocacy Center of Anderson County.  They work closely with the District Attorney of Anderson Co. to interview children who have been the victim of various crimes or legal situations.  She talked about their process and shared some stories with our group.  She mentioned an opportunity for us to consider making lap size quilts that could be given to some of the children as a source of comfort.  


Sew and Tell

The following shared their beautiful work tonight:

Allison Darken

Gail Ware

Linda Cole

Patty Ashworth

Johnnie Reber

Nancy Marsh



Great Job Ladies!!

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