Thursday, April 18, 2013

Keep Smiling

Because your day will go the way the corners of your mouth turn. 

I'm failing miserably at keeping up with my surroundings, my pictures, my blog postings.  I had to stop a minute this morning to share what made me smile last week at the Piney Hills Quilt Guild meeting.   I'm smiling again as I re-visit each of these pictures. 

I love Sarah's huge smile as she shares with us the handbag she made.   (Note to self:  Does she spell her name Sarah or is it Sara?  Must find out.)    Sarah also quilts and one of her quilts was awarded first place in the 2012 Dubach Chicken Festival Quilt Show.  To know Sarah and her smile is to love her and her smile.  She's a beauty. 

Carolyn and Kay keep us smiling about all the many Christmas stockings they make for community service.  These stockings will go back to children in the community filled with Christmas happiness.  These ladies and many others spend countless hours each year putting a smile on a little face.


Oh, and how these bed runners put a smile on my face.  Kay decided she was ready for a modern one to add to her bedroom d├ęcor. 

And, Shirley was definitely thinking spring while making her bed runner filled with birds.

And remember to keep smiling.  These words are worth repeating to yourself all day long:  Your day will go the way the corners of your mouth turn.

Piney Hills Quilt Guild meets the second Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. each month at Grace Methodist Church in Ruston.  Visit and you'll be guaranteed a smile. 

Friday, April 5, 2013

The room was full of sunshine:

It was a cloudy day outside;  however, the meeting room was full of sunshine.  Spontaneous combustion worked yesterday.  Several guild chapter members had a lot to overcome.  We knew the president was going to Arkansas on one of her glorious long-arm quilter's retreat.  We knew that our vice-president was on her way to New Jersey to visit family.  What we didn't know was that the next two ladies in line to fill in for the president in the event of an emergency also had emergencies.   Well, that left Pat who filled in beautifully on very short notice.   What information Pat didn't have at her fingertips, one or the other of us did.  We kept ourselves dutifully informed. 

What's more, all that sunshine in our room created spontaneous combustion when Holly stepped forth with her Bog Jacket demonstration.  It wasn't at all like she had planned.  You see, Holly is a whiz at power-point presentation and that's just what she had planned  - except her computer didn't cooperate.  At the last minute, she grabbed some pictures from Thread Magazine she had on hand, some construction paper and scissors and on to the meeting she came.   She passed out the paper and had every one of us make a pattern for the bog jacket out of our construction paper.  It worked beautifully.  She had pictures of the kimono style jackets to pass around so we 'got the picture.'   Holly brought lime green yardage (which made me smile)  and threw it over her shoulders to demonstrate how to measure the arm span and length of the jacket.   Then without tape measure or cutting board, she grabbed the utility scissors and cut a straight line to continue to demonstrate the stop and start points.  With her fingers, she showed us where the stitching lines would be.  Then elaborated on how we could embellish our jackets once construction is complete.    I can't wait to make mine. 

We were such a happy group yesterday, helping others overcome adversity, continuing to share our love of quilting.   

Here's Holly with no props - except the one on which she propped her elbow! 

Thanks to all who made it happen and a special thank you to  Holly for her delightful presentation.