The Hattiesburg Quilters held their annual three-day quilting expo this month, and two of our quilters entered quilts, "for the heck of it," not expecting to win.
But win they did!
Elizabeth was a winner with her double pink kaleidoscope quilt and Sue Davis for her two baby quilts.
An even bigger surprise: They won money!
Both ladies have been taking our hand quilting class taught by Marilynn Ponds, who has taught quilting for the city since 1976.
Besides the machine and hand quilting classes we offer, there are two clubs that meet at the Center to share their quilting techniques – The Magnolia Quilters and the Carousel Quilters. Last weekend, they brought noted quilter and author Kathy Seaman Shaw of Birmingham, Ala., to teach an all-day workshop on silk ribbon embroidery, which is often used in "crazy" quilting.
The Magnolia Quilters meet every second and fourth Thursday at 10 a.m., and the Carousel Quilters meet once a month, first Friday, at 6 p.m.. New members are welcome.
Our last set of eight-week classes begins Oct. 22. Because of the popularity of some of the classes, we have already closed registration on the following: all smocking classes, hand quilting and stained glass. A list of all other classes can be found online under our meridianms.org site or on Facebook at Meridian Activity Center.
One class we have held in the past is available in this winter session: pine needle basket weaving, which is taught by Millicent McGee. Basket weaving is the subject of a lot of jokes true, but it is also a well-respected art form. Next time you are in Laurel, be sure to visit the Lauren Rogers Museum and look at their wonderful basket collection. Arthritis in your hands, you say? Keeping your hands busy will help to ease the pain. This class will be held on Wednesday morning.
Speaking of hand work, Tillie Mattox of DeKalb wants to conduct another one-day workshop in chair caning. This class uses the wider (3/8” or 5/8”) flat reed, as in the old-fashioned chairs and stools. This wider cane is easier to work with and can be done in one day. We have samples of the wide cane at the Center if you want to see.
We will need to know how large an area you want to cover – chair seat or back, or a stool – so we can order enough material. This workshop will not be held until early November, as we will need to order the reed from Jackson. Students must have strong hands.