The Idle Hour Bridge Club met last Thursday at the home of Jo Nell Warren. Winners for the evening were: high, Coni Reamey; second high, Emma Hink; traveling, Mildred Thompson; and bingo, Jo Nell Warren and Carolyn Lefler.


By Brenda Dunlap

Piecemakers monthly quilt club meeting was on Wednesday, July 16, with 35 members and guests in attendance. The meeting doesn’t begin until 10 a.m. but most of the members are so eager to see each other and socialize they arrive early. Linda LaDoux welcomed everyone; Pamela Davis gave the treasurers report; then Victoria Banks conducted the business meeting.

Linda LaDoux presented the Block of the Month. More than 15 participants showed off their completed blocks. The winner of the prize drawing this month was Doris Brown. Ramona Johnson began taking sign-ups for Fall Retreat. Sign-up will be open for Piecemakers members in July and August; if there is space left, it will be open to friends in September. More blocks were donated for our "Quilts of Valor" project. Ramona Johnson showed the quilt top that was assembled at the June meeting.

At the meeting we told about the one quilting tool we just can’t live without. Probably the most popular was rotary cutters followed closely by the quarter-inch quilting foot. There was a variety of additional quilting tools — hemostats for pulling threads and turning fabrics, a shaper ruler with slots, a lanyard to hold scissors, bamboo stylus, gold thimble, seam ripper and magnified seam ripper, seam gauge, thread snips, light with magnifier, and many more.

In Sew and Tell we saw: a bowl made with wrapped clothesline; a Christmas table runner; tote bag; a scrappy courthouse step quilt; a Christmas wall hanging; more table runners; a quilt made from tie silk; a crocheted owl bag; more baskets and trivets made with wrapped clothesline; a 1600-inch quilt; a silly goose quilt with feather work quilting; quilted name tags with pockets.

Sit and Sew was a Clothesline-wrapped project taught by Eloise Brown with the help of Susan Moore. We were shown how to wrap the fabric strips on the clothesline cord and Eloise demonstrated sewing and shaping the project.

The program in August will be presented by Carol Roberts on how to dye fabrics. She will also have hand dyed fabric to sell. Piecemakers next meeting will be10 a.m. Aug. 20, 2014, at the Methodist Church in Clinton. Anyone one interested in quilts or quilting is welcome.