The Idle Hour Bridge Club met last Thursday evening at the home of Mildred Thompson. Winners for the evening were: high, Lou Burgess; second high, Danna Hensley; traveling, Carolyn Lefler; and bingo, Emma Hink.


By Brenda Dunlap

Fall is in the air and there was much excitement over quilt shows and county fairs as the Piecemakers quilt club assembled for its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 19. Linda Korinek, club president, welcomed members and guests and conducted the business meeting.

The Sunshine Report was somber as we were informed of the death of that Ruth Watson’s husband, as well as the passing of club member Carol Hanna. It was proposed that a donation to Care Caps be made in Carol Hanna’s memory.

Quilt Retreat at Mt. Eagle is a much-anticipated event of the year. Jan Savu and Marylou Kosmeder discussed the retreat scheduled for the first week in October.

Susan Moore presented our next quilt challenge: A Home for a Bird mini quilted project, which is due in October. This is a finished project — top, batting, backing, quilted and bound. No smaller than 12" x 18" and no larger than 24" x 24". Note: If you want to enter this project in the Fall Quilt Show, miniature quilts must be no larger than 24" square with blocks measuring 4" or smaller.

This year our Block of the Month program features a variety of Civil War Blocks. Several ladies brought the Civil War Blocks they had made last month to show. Then Maralou Spears presented the next five blocks to be completed for October: Yankee Puzzle, Union Shield, Hovering Hawks, Underground Railroad, and Valor.

The Pizza Box Exchange seems to be moving along smoothly. Everyone who is participating should bring your box to the October meeting.

Linda reminded us about the schedule for the bus trip to the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Show in Springfield, Mo,, on Thursday, Sept. 20. (Update: We had a good turnout for the bus trip and everyone had a great time. In fact, everyone is looking forward to another bus trip.)

A number of counties had their fairs in September and some of our members entered quilts and won ribbons, including Judy Talberg in Searcy County, Judy Hurd in Stone County, and Linda Dingley in Van Buren County.

Sew and Tell is always the highlight of the meeting. A variety of outstanding quilts and projects were shown. For the September Sit and Sew, Renee Riggan taught the "Tankini" project. What a fun idea for a toilet tank topper.

Piecemakers’ next meeting will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 17, at the Methodist Church in Clinton. Anyone interested in quilts or quilting is welcome.