The Buzz

Edited by Jo
Here's the latest PPQ news. Feed me your stuff and it will be posted.

June 9

posted Jun 9, 2015, 2:37 PM by Jo Fortuna   [ updated Jun 9, 2015, 5:44 PM ]

A nice crowd of 14 arrived early today and set right to work answering questions and ‘adopting’ projects for the Fall Auction. Here is what we decided.

Purpose: to raise funds for the materials we use in the ministry, to raise awareness of our mission and to recruit new members.

Date: the current consensus is September 26.

Items included: 35 items were adopted and basic decisions made about whether each is to be offered 'as is', as a kit, or finished. Items ranged from die-cut fabric piece collections, to embroidered table runners, collections of blocks for kits, partially assembled table toppers, finished and nearly-assembled tops and some finished quilts.

Auction format: Chinese and silent auctions were the chosen formats. To refresh, participants in a Chinese auction buy tickets at a preset price then put tickets into a jar beside the item they want. When the auction is closed a ticket is chosen at random from each jar; the participant with the matching number wins the item. In a silent auction, each item has a bid sheet with an item description, a minimum bid, and a bidding increment. Participants are given a bidding number and may bid on any item they wish. When bidding is closed, each item goes to the highest bidder.

Donation raffle: members liked the idea of having one or more donation raffle items to spark interest in the event. The yo-yo button quilt was a clear favorite with Judy’s dresden plate quilt a close runner-up. A picture or pictures can be used on posters advertising the date; the quilt(s) might even travel to interested groups - chaperoned, of course! A drawing will be held at the end of the event to choose the winner.

Other activities: last year we had a couple of quilt turnings and demonstrations. We also had copious goodies offered We can decide closer to the event whether / how much extra is needed.

May 19

posted May 23, 2015, 7:18 PM by Jo Fortuna   [ updated May 23, 2015, 7:18 PM ]

Our completed quilt stash is rebuilding steadily thanks to your dedicated work. The Family Justice Center quilt is coming together and we have an assembly plan. We will work on Fall auction plans soon. Though we've lost some snowbirds for the summer all is well and we continue to have fun!

April 21 - the 10 Minute Block!

posted Apr 21, 2015, 1:16 PM by Jo Fortuna   [ updated May 1, 2015, 5:57 AM ]

We had a pretty good size turnout this morning. We started with a demo assembled by Judy cutting and Donna sewing. We can rejoice - this is truly a 10 minute block. Starting with 10" fabric blocks, 5 fabric squares combine to make a 19-1/2" unfinished block. Combine 9 blocks and you have a 57" square lap quilt, the perfect size for our adult quilts. Check out the video on the Links We Like page and the instructions below.

March 17, 2015

posted Mar 23, 2015, 8:04 AM by Cathy Michael   [ updated May 1, 2015, 5:29 AM by Jo Fortuna ]

PPQ would like to thank Donna Owens' mother, Betty, for spending her morning teaching us how to make beautiful crochet necklaces. Betty provided all the supplies and instruction we needed to make necklaces. Moe shared Irish Soda Bread in honor of St. Patrick's Day. It was a beautiful morning to learn a new craft. Next week, we return to finishing quilts for our inventory.

Before we left, Carol shared the almost finished quilt that she made for her granddaughter's wedding And Carol's daughter Jane shared her first completed quilt. She and the quilt are headed back to California where they live.

Quilt Show Field Trip

posted Mar 23, 2015, 7:19 AM by Cathy Michael   [ updated May 1, 2015, 5:31 AM by Jo Fortuna ]

On February 27, six PPQ members went to the Horry County Museum's 22nd Annual Quilt Gala at Ocean Lakes Family Campground.  They enjoyed demos, vendors and seeing beautiful quilts.  Before heading back to Pawley's, they had lunch at a great pizza parlor in Surfside.
Thanks to Judy Lewis for sharing a few photos of the quilts.

February 17

posted Feb 23, 2015, 6:13 AM by Cathy Michael   [ updated Feb 23, 2015, 11:32 AM by Jo Fortuna ]

After a brief business meeting (there were no new requests), work continued on the quilt for The Family Justice Center.  The quilt will be composed of seventeen drawings which Jo has printed onto fabric.  Our job was to decide on a layout, as well as sashing and border fabric.  

Everyone provided input as we played around with different shades of purple, the signature color for Victims of Domestic Abuse.  We agreed the colorful drawing with the word "Hope" should be the center block with a 1/2" border of deep purple.  Work will continue on the quilt when we meet again on February 24.

We also worked on the Yo-Yo quilt.  Everyone is invited to help sew buttons onto the centers of the yo-yos!! This quilt will be auctioned in the fall at our Pawleys Prayer Quilts Open House. As always though, our primary focus is making quilts for those in crisis in our community.  Our inventory of quilts is a bit low so in the coming weeks, we will work on making quilt tops so we that we stay ahead.  

During the morning, we had a visitor, Phil Johnson, husband of the late Judy Johnson; the Johnsons were owners of the Island Threads quilt shop in Pawleys. As directed by his wife, Phil donated 13 boxes of fabric, two quilt tops and an 8' x 8' design wall to PPQ so you'll be able to help sort and process a bunch of cool stuff. This fabric, in addition to what we have in our very well organized stash, will be put to good use as we work to make new quilt tops.

Don't forget....Friday, February 28 is the Horry County Quilt Gala.  If you are interested in going, we will meet in the Holy Cross Faith Memorial parking lot to carpool up to the event.  We will have lunch before our return.

January 27

posted Jan 28, 2015, 10:40 AM by Cathy Michael   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 1:19 PM by Jo Fortuna ]

PPQ met on Tuesday with a full house but there is always room for more!  Moe requested a quilt for a man in her church whose health problems have slowed down his active volunteering.  Carol requested a prayer square for her neighbor who is also dealing with health problems.  We received two thank you notes.  

Andrea presented a suggestion to the group.  The editors of Prince Creek Living, Andrea's neighborhood magazine, would like to do a feature story on Pawleys Prayer Quilts.  Our group agreed to the proposal.  We will be interviewed and photographed next Tuesday, February 3 around 10:00, after a brief business meeting.

One of our auction quilts will be the beautiful, colorful yo-yo quilt.  At our last meeting, we all agreed that the yo-yo centers need buttons.  The task on Tuesday was to comb through the jars and tins of buttons we brought, choosing those that are just right.  Next up will be sewing the buttons to the quilt, a job that will take many hands.

PPQ Open House Planning

posted Jan 28, 2015, 9:22 AM by Cathy Michael   [ updated Jan 29, 2015, 1:08 PM by Jo Fortuna ]

At our January 20th PPQ meeting, Sandy Dionne had many surprises for us.  She presented four quilt tops she took from our bins. She had them professionally cleaned and pressed which gave them new life.  They will be included in our Silent Auction which will take place when we hold our Pawleys Prayer Quilts Open House.  We have tentatively set the date for late September or early October.

Sandy also gifted PPQ many quilt blocks and several pieced tops.  The blocks will be coordinated with sashing and border fabric, put into plastic bags and sold as kits.  The tops will be added to the Silent Auction.  Our Open House will be held in our meeting place where we will offer simple sewing instructions for beginners, along with the Silent Auction.  We agreed to publicize the event in the local media as well as inviting local guilds.

January 13

posted Jan 21, 2015, 7:55 AM by Jo Fortuna   [ updated Jan 21, 2015, 7:55 AM ]

Today, PPQ met with nine regular members. Sandy Dionne, a talented quilter and friend of Andrea and Donna was a visitor. We welcome her to our group!!!

During the business meeting upcoming events were decided:

February 28 we will carpool from Holy Cross to the Horry County Quilt Gala; time TBD later.

March 17 Donna’s mother will teach us how to make beautiful crocheted necklaces.

Before April we will probably do a road trip and lunch to see the Charleston Museum fabric and fashion exhibit.

After the business meeting, we listened to a presentation from another visitor, Donna Watkins. Donna is a counselor with the Family Justice Center, an organization that provides shelter, education and counseling to victims of domestic abuse here in Georgetown County. Donna works primarily with women who, after living with abuse, have found their way to the Center. Under Donna's guidance, the women use art and creativity as an outlet for their experiences, and Donna shared with us their many beautiful drawings. The messages were uplifting but didn't shy away from the pain these women have felt. 

Donna visited to enlist our help in making a quilt composed of these drawings which will be displayed in the lobby of the Family Justice Center. The vote was a unanimous YES. Jo has experimented with printing the art work on printer fabric sheets. The plan is that Jo would print the artwork on these fabric sheets, and our job will be to sew them together, probably with sashing and a border. We will then coordinate with Donna about how the quilt will be finished and bound; one suggestion is that the women in Donna’s care might tie the quilt. 

Caren also reported on upcoming changes for Friendship Place. Last year, Charlie Ball, the Director of Friendship Place, made a presentation to our group. After his visit, PPQ agreed to adopt a family who could use quilts to ease whatever difficulties they were having. Caren was our liason with Charlie. Last spring, the quilts were given to the children of a family in need of comfort. Today Caren reported that going forward, Friendship Place would not be making regular visits to families or individuals. Their focus will be to uplift through education. Help with basic needs such as food and emergency assistance for utility bills will be handled by area churches.

Yes, it was a full morning....and an enlightening one!

Fidget Quilts

posted Jan 4, 2015, 3:59 PM by Jo Fortuna   [ updated Jan 29, 2015, 1:26 PM ]

Last fall our member Caren DeRonde sent links about fidget quilts, quilts with features designed to calm Alzheimer's and dementia patients. The links are below.

Click here to see an article describing the need for the quilts and how they are different. 

Click here to see images of fidget quilts.

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