Alread EH

By Lue Butler

The Alread EH Club met at 1:30 p.m. May 8, 2012, for its monthly meeting.

Nine members were present: Marge Koone, Liz Alvord, Lue Butler, Bonnie Colquette, Wendy Dufrene, Sheila McGrath, Fred Shook, Terri Watson, and Fran d’Orsay.

On June 22 club members will present a scholarship, building dedication and to honor Sandy Watson for his work on the building during renovations.

Bonnie, Fran, and Wendy were named for the Audit Committee.

Election of new offficers was held. Outgoing officers are: Liz Alvord, president; Marge Koone, vice president; Lue Butler, secretary; Cecille Boyd, treasurer. Incoming officers are: Wendy Dufrene, president; Terri Watson, vice president; Liz Alvord, treasurer; and Bonnie Colquette, secretary. Lue Butler accepted the appointed job of public relations and scrapbook/historian for as long as she wanted it.

The next meeting will be at 1:30 p.m. June 13 at the Alread EH Club House.


By Lue Butler

After much consideration and discussion Alread EH members decided to meet one day a week for a "Craft Day." Monday of each week from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. was already declared quilting day, so it was decided to do other crafts in the evening starting at 1 p.m. This allows the quilters a chance to get in on the crafts also.

On March 11 Bonnie Colquette began a class on specialty stitching. This included cross stitch, basic and advanced stitching of all types. She continues to instruct and help those interested.

On April 29 Liz Alvord had a one-day class on Gardening for Dummies. Of course she will still answer questions when asked.

Terri Watson will be giving classes on Caning (chair bottoms, etc.) when we can get the materials. The date has not been set.

Lue Butler gave instructions on making the Boa Lace Scarves for the ladies on May 13. She will continue to work with those interested.

Craft Day is catching on fast and everyone in the community is welcome to participate. Drop by and join in the fun. New craft ideas are welcomed. We would like to hear yours.

In the future we are planning to have classes on Basic Cake Decorating, Canning, and other things of interest.


By Brenda Dunlap

Thirty enthusiastic quilters came together for Piecemakers monthly Quilt Club meeting on Wednesday, May 15. Linda LaDoux welcomed members and guests; Victoria Banks conducted the business meeting; and Doris Brown gave the treasurer’s report. Eloise Brown invited participants to show their mystery blocks for May and Janet Kuykendall won the prize drawing. Then Eloise showed what June’s blocks will look like and explained a difficulty she had with the pattern instructions for one of the blocks. Ida Holt brought up the fact that the white elephant table is getting sparse—if you have unwanted items please donate them. Ida also updated us on needs of recent tornado victims.

Ramona Johnson gave an update on the upcoming Fall Retreat, which will be held at Mount Eagle Sept. 30-Oct. 3. Sign-up will begin at our July meeting. A bus trip is planned to go the Hot Springs Quilt show Friday, July 12.

Rene Riggan gave information regarding upcoming Quilting Events: River Valley Quilt Guild in Russellville will put on Quilt Congress September 27th & 28th. Quilt Arkansas 2013 -Starry, Starry Night held at the C. A. Vines 4-H Center in Ferndale, AR. September 5th through the 7th. Autumn in the Ozarks quilt show October 24th through 26th presented by Hill N Hollow quilt guild in Mountain Home at the Baxter County Fairgrounds educational building, more info at their website Super Quilt Seminar with Ricky Tims, April 3-5, 2014. More information will be forthcoming.

Debi Morton reminded us that our October meeting will be an auction so start putting aside items for the auction. Piecemakers turns 10 in July and we will be having a birthday party as part of the July meeting.

Our Community Project making Port Pads for the Clinton Hospital is ongoing. We have donated over 100 port pads so far. Please continue to make more pads at home and bring them to the meeting each month.

Sew and Tell was a delightful display of a variety of quilted items including: flannel quilt with satin backing; X’s and O’s quilt; storybook quilt with matching baby quilt; T-shirt quilt; "fun and done" quilt; woven blossoms quilt; handbag; quilt made from Bali pops and matching charm squares; small table runner; log cabin quilt; clutch; table cloth; fish bargello quilt; placemats; crazy nine-patch quilt; thread catchers, foldy-stuff pincushions, zippered bag; bags, hand-quilted snowball quilt; baby quilt; 1600-inch quilt; bed runners; completed quilt from last years HST challenge.

The program on bindings was presented by Debi Morton, Judi Talberg and Linda LaDoux. A number of binding methods was presented and demonstrated including methods not recommended for using on quilts, especially quilts that will be judged in shows. There was a discussion of whether binding must be finished by hand or can be machine sewn—opinions differ. A special thanks to these ladies for sharing their expertise.

Piecemakers next meeting will be held on June 19 at the Methodist Church in Clinton at 10:00 am. Anyone interested in quilting is welcome to attend.


The Idlehour Bridge Club met last week at the home of Merl Eoff. Winners for the evening were: high, Jo Nell Warren; second high, Caroly Lefler; traveling, Emma Hink; and bingo, Merl Eoff.