The Grand Prairie Quilt Society met May 8 at the Stuttgart Public Library with eight members present, including a new member, Michelle Barnett.
President Glenda Landreth opened the meeting with a treatise on sewing, as presented by the Hemming Children in Prayer mission project: “Weave God into your Life”
A new way to look at your sewing machine and notions:
Thread guide — The Holy Spirit, our guide for life.
Tension control — Express self-control — Galatians 5:22.
Top thread and bottom thread — It takes the filling of the Holy Spirit and God’s Word to hold our lives together. While people see only what is on the outside (the top thread), it is what is on the inside of our hearts (the bobbin thread) that really matters.
Needle — God Himself.
Hand wheel — Use your hands, feet, and mouth to serve the Lord.
Foot control — Keep Satan crushed underneath your feet.
Reverse switch — You can’t reverse your life or undo the wrong you’ve done but you can strive to go forward with God from this day forth.
Machine light — Let Christ shine through you.
On/Off switch — Let God switch on His power in your life.
The treasurer’s report and minutes were read and approved. The civic projects for 2013 were discussed; more information will be brought to the next meeting.
During the Show and Share session, Ann Crum showed two innovative pillowcases she had made for her travel pillow.
Betty Knoll had a chatelaine consisting of a small pillow pin cushion and a scissor’s holder. Her Four Patch Posy quilt was admired by all. She also had made a quilt topper from several strip-pieced quilt squares.
Pat Havlik displayed a large hand-pieced quilt top belonging to Mary Frances Erstine. Mary Frances had received it from her grandmother years ago and now wishes to give it to the club. A quilting bee was discussed for a later time.
Glenda showed off her possibles bag that she made at the Sit’n Sew.
Maeola Flournoy passed around her patchwork Fairy pillow made for a very fortunate great-grandchild.
Marsha Heien showed several folded-square hot pads/coasters.
A trip to the Hot Springs Quilt Show on July 12 was discussed and approved. More plans will be made at the June meeting.
Betty Knoll had a closing thought for the day: “A positive attitude may not solve all your problems — but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort. Attitudes are contagious — are yours worth catching”? — Reader’s Digest, June 1995.
The next meeting will be June 12 at the Stuttgart Public Library. Everyone is welcome.