January 2014 Guild Meeting will be cancelled due to weather forecast.
We are preparing to start 2014 off right with scheduled activities at least every other month. Please checkout the New Activities in the Members Only section !
A beautiful testimony from one of our members below.
Can you believe Christmas will be here before we know it and 2014 is just around the corner?
Below is a my quilt, The Greatest Gift, which was in the holiday category of the quilt show. At first glance, it looks like any other package with red and green paper and a yellow bow. But, if you look close, printed on the trees is, ‘Jesus is the Reason for the Season’. Beneath all the layers of Christmas, the lights, the gifts, the hustle and bustle and Silver Bells, lies the true meaning of Christmas: God’s greatest gift to humanity, his own Son, Jesus.
Christmas is about a very simple event, the birth of the Saviour.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
UpCountry Quilters Guild
The quilt show was a huge success ! Pictures from the show will be posted soon. A Big THANK YOU, to all who helped to make the show a success !
UpCountry Quilters Guild
Parade of Quilts Quilt Show
Pickens View Wesleyan Church
744 Bethlehem Ridge Road
Pickens, SC 29671
Friday, October 11, 2013 9am – 6pm
Saturday, October 12, 2013 9am – 6pm
View a large variety of quilts including miniatures, large bed quilts, art quilts, wall hangings, wearable art, and mixed technique items.
The show also includes a Silent Auction of items made by guild members, vendor booths, a fat quarter basket drawing and Second Time Around, a booth selling gently used quilting items.
Rachel Elizabeth Ferguson Smith
February 7, 1928 – July 11, 2013
Our dear friend and quilting companion has passed from this life leaving behind many happy memories. Rachel was a charter member of our guild and everyone’s “Mama”. She happily shared her sewing skills and eased the disappointment of novice quilters when seams didn’t match by saying, “it’ll quilt out”.
Rachel’s love of quilting was infectious and she shared both her time and her fabric but her statement of “it’ll quilt out” will always stay with me. She remained happy and optimistic in any situation and she graciously accepted the things in life that needed to be “quilted out”. This was her gift, taught to others with a piece of fabric and a needle in her hand. She laughed with us, she cried with us when necessary but always she taught by example and kind words that all problems can be “quilted out”. Her everyday humor and willingness to make the best of everything made her life, like her quilts, a beautiful work of art.
Happy New Year !
Hope everyone is ready to start the year off planning for the 2013 Quilts on Parade Quilt Show.
We have an exciting year ahead of us.
Several ladies from the guild enjoyed a fun weekend of sewing at the QSC Pieceable Retreat at the White Oak Conference Center in Winnsboro, SC.
If you are new to the guild ask a members to tell you about the retreat!
See QSC website for upcoming QSC Spring meeting and 2013 QSC Pieceable Retreat Information.
20th Anniversary Challenge Results
The rules were as follows:
- Size – The quilt may be any shape, and I mean ANY shape, but the sum of all sides must not exceed 140 inches.
- Technique – Any quilt making technique may be used, however, this is a challenge and I encourage everyone to challenge themselves and step outside their comfort zones to try something new.
- Every quilt must contain at least two of the following items representing gifts appropriate for a 20th anniversary. The interpretations of those items are totally up to the imagination of the quilter.
Nine fabric works of art were submitted for the challenge.
The voting results were counted.
First prize was #4 Cathy Coster
Second place was #5 Mary Pruitt
Third-place tie between #2 Haley Kelley and #8 Mary Foster.
The workmanship and creativity in using the four components in the guidelines drew applause from those in attendance.
Enjoy the pictures of the challenge pieces:
Letter from the President:
Well ladies, we did it. Huge kudos to Linda & Paige for all their work to make the show a success, and thanks to everyone who helped out.
Congratulations to everyone who entered a quilt and to those who won ribbons.
By the way, you have only two years till the next show…get to work ladies.
Best of Show – Gail Sexton’s Gathering of the Red Birds
Judges Choice – Genny Lindler A Hidden Path
Viewers Choice – Jeanette Moody Bonnet Girls
Viewers Choice – Coeurs de LaSoie, Pat Kerko & B. Goodman