Saturday, March 17, 2018

How did you celebrate National Quilt Day on March 17th?

A group of Pieces and Patches Quilt Guild members met at Country Stitches for the School Bell Sew Day  to learn some new techniques, share project ideas and to celebrate the National Quilt Day.  Special thanks to Elizabeth Hewett, Marj Hobe, Connie Kress and Cheri Pickett for sharing their time, expertise and skills to show the group how to color quilt blocks, make silk ribbon roses and learn new ways to make bias binding.  

April Koenig said" Thank you for organizing and giving us helpful hints.  It was a great day of learning and fun!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Congratulations to our guild member, Sharon Bannister! Her beautiful hand appliqued quilt has been accepted at the Paducah, Kentucky AQS Quilt Show. Several members have  expressed an interest in supporting her by attending AQS Quilt Show. April 18 - 21,2018.  Here is a link from the AQS website listing a couple bus tours. One is from Bridgeport, MI, and lists stops in Flint, Brighton, Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo.
If you know of other bus groups seeking passengers, please post below.
SPRING PADUCAH 2018 | Tours and Groups April 18–21, 2018 • Wed.–Fri., 9am–6pm, Sat., 9am–4pm Schroeder Expo Center • 415 Park Street, Paducah, KY 42001 Register Your Group Q. Did you know that there may be a tour coming to QuiltWeek from your area? A. Check

Friday, February 23, 2018

Hi Everyone!

This month went fast. Can you believe its time for our February Guild meeting?
Here are a few things to think about, get ready for and to do.
• This month is ❤️LOVE OFFERING❤️ month. Please look for the three (3) RED jars. One for each of these Guild sponsored charities, Allegiance Hospice Quilts, Cage Comforters and Quilts For Kids.” Thank you in advance for your thoughtful and welcome donations.
• Our program this month will be an interactive one. It is called, “Teaching
Others.” We will be changing stations every 15 minutes. We will observe five (5) different demonstrations presented by five (5) of our talented Guild members. This will be SO fun. You don’t want to miss this.
No February workshop.
• March Program: Our program will be presented by Cathey Newhouse and Becky Kopicko. Their program is titled, “Flowers in Quilts.” This will give us all a taste of spring and ideas about our own flower gardens, inside and out.
• March Workshop: Cathey Newhouse
will be instructing us on, “Thread Painting Flowers.” There is room for you and a friend to sign up. Look for the sign up sheets in the lobby.
• School Bell Quilt In: The bell will be ringing at 9:00am on Saturday, March 17th for roll call. More information will be given at the meeting about the fun that is planned. Sign up sheets will be available at the meeting.
• The Challenge and The Quilt Show!
Talk about fun!! More about these at the meeting too!
Frienship takes on many mantles. February is LOVE month. Let’s make it frienship month too, supporting our friends, our fellow Guild members. So, here is one way...
Anyone who is a Guild member, and has a quilt related business or works for a quilt related business, please bring a flyer or business card—or both—to the meeting. Please place them on the lobby table for advertising. Bring a few extra so members can take one for future reference. A quilt related business is a business that you receive payment for services rendered, wether it’s hand work or machine work, selling fabric and/or products. Our Guild has a wonderful newsletter to place your advertisement in too.
February Greeters: The Executive Board
February Holders and Folders: Lois Darling, Susan Smith and Cheryl Watson.
See you all at Ella Sharp.
Cheri Pickett
Pieces and Patches Quilt Guild

Wednesday, January 31, 2018


A special thanks goes to Janet Rochefort and Chris Carothers for hosting and planning a most enjoyable January, 2018 quilt retreat at Hankards Inn in Pleasant Lake.  It was a lovely place to spend many happy hours quilting, renew and develop new friendships and eat very yummy food. 

If you haven't had the opportunity to enjoy a Pieces and Patches Quilt Guild retreat do consider signing up for the February retreat or the summer retreat( summer dates to be determined)  See the retreat photos under the Photo Gallery tab.


Looking For A New Challenge?

     Check out the 2018 Challenge Quilt Guidelines


This year's PPQG Challenge theme is all about "QUILTERS ARE ARTISTS TOO." The members who participate will choose an artist and take a picture of one of their works and create a quilt representing your interpretation of the artist's work.  There will be a cost of $5.00 for a fat quarter that MUST be in their wall hanging somewhere.  This year we will be using the criteria for AQS because it is the goal of the Guild to apply to enter our 8 chosen quilts to be displayed at their annual quilt show.  

1.  Choose an artist and create a quilt using their art piece as inspiration.  Interpret it to make your own!!

2. Size of wall hanging:  30" X 40" or 40" X 30" (Portrait or Landscape orientation) 

3.  You must use some of the fat quarter within the wall hanging(It must be noticeable)

4.  The quilt must be made entirely by the member.

5. You will bring your entry to the guild meeting on April 30, 2018 before 6:45       p.m. in a nondescript bag which will be given to a committee member.  Do
    not have any labels on it.

6. Attach a picture of your inspiration plus the name of the artist.  

On April 30, 2018, we will display the Challenge Quilts  at an Art Exhibit from
7:00 to 7:45.  Each member  will have a chance to vote on their favorite quilt.
There will be 8 place winners and the prizes are as follows: 
                                     1"   Prize  $100.00
                                     2nd Prize     80.00
                                     3rd Prize     70.00
                                     4th Prize     60.00
                                     5th Prize     50.00
                                     6th Prize     40.00
                                     7th Prize     30.00
                                     8th Prize     20.00
                                                TOTAL PAYOUT:  $450.00

Invite  guests to come to see yours and other member's ART!  It will be a fun
night with hors d'oeuvres an sparkling drinks.  Remember not to overthink it.
It is all about how you interpret the artist.  Have Fun!

Thank you for your participation!!!!!!!!!!!

If you have any questions, please call me at 517 769-6153 or ask at the meeting.  

Jan Rochefort, Challenge Chair

Note:  If Pieces and Patches Quilt Guild's Challenge Quilts are fortunate enough to be selected for the AQS Quilt Show, it will be necessary to follow specific AQS instructions for attaching the sleeve for hanging.   The eight winning quilts that we send would require a sleeve that conforms to their specifications.  Instructions on how this sleeve should be applied will be forthcoming, possibly in a demo in 2018.   

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Hello Everyone!!

Are you ready to get back to the Guild happenings? I am too! Great lectures, workshops, mini-demos, Show ‘n Tell, retreats, the Challenge, the Quilt Show, School Bell Quilt In, and surprises along the way, (say all that in one breath) are what we can look forward to just through August, 2018. Wow!! There is a lot going on!! How great is that?!?

We start in again Monday, January 29, 2017. Same time—6:00pm to 9:00pm at Ella Sharp Museum of Art and History Community Room.

Demo’s at 6:15pm and again at 6:40pm
Coffee and snacks available at 6:30pm

January Greeters: Executive Board
January Holders/Folders: Becky Jones, Sandy Price and Sanae Yamanouchi

The lecture will be presented by our very own Guild member,Denise Olsen!
Denise will be presenting “Making Patterns” at 7:00pm.

The Workshop, “Reversible Quilts” instruction and presentation will be done byDenise Olsen! The workshop will be held atHankerd Innfrom 9:00am to 4:00pm, Monday, 1/29/18. There is still a spot waiting just for you. Contact Janet Rochefort at; to secure your spot.



At the February Guild Meeting, there will be containers set out for our annual
Love Offering” collection. The Guild supports the following charities for 2017/2018; Cage Comforters/Pet Toys, Hospice and Quilts for Kids. Please be looking for the containers to put your thoughtful donation in. Thank you. ❤️

See you all at Ella Sharp!

Thank you!!

Cheri Pickett

Is this Weather Causing House-itis?
Are You Missing Your Quilting Friends?

Come to the January 29th 
Pieces and Patches Quilt Guild Meeting
at the 
Ella Sharp Museum
3225 Fourth St. in Jackson
Cindy Shong will be giving a demonstration
on Layer Cake ideas at 6:15 & 6:40

Our main speaker will be Denise Olsen
 she will demonstrate
pattern making at 7:00 p.m.

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Have you chosen your artist for this year's challenge quilt?
Theme: Quilters are Artists too

The required fat quarter for this quilt will be available at the guild meeting for a cost of $5.00.
The finished quilts will be due at the April 30, 2018
guild meeting. (Specific challenge guidelines are seen below with the November, 2017 information)  

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Elizabeth Hewett got everyone in the Christmas spirit by showing how to make these beautiful    Christmas ornaments

                        SPEAKER:  Janet Rochefort

                      Topic: Embelishments and                                Techniques Used To Create "Fish" 
         And Other Artful Additions For Your Quilts 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Sunday, September 3, 2017

September Reminders

Do inquiry minds want to know???

Want to know what next's years workshops will be?
Want to know who will be speaking?
Want to know why Janet asked you to bring 4 fat quarters of quilt store quality?
Note: change in plans please bring 10-20 2.5" by 42 WOF Strips instead.  
The more you bring the more you can play.

At the September member meeting, you will see the all year preview.  
Come on out and find out.
Answers will be revealed.

But wait that's not all...

Chris will be collecting and displaying her President's blocks.

Didn't make one yet.  No worries there's still time.  The directions are below.

Still not enough...

Rumor has it the Quilt Show Raffle Quilt might just make its debut appearance.

President's Block Directions

Log Cabin Variation

6″ x 6″ block (or 6 ½” x 6 ½” unfinished)
2 fabrics:  purple batik and white background
Cut from each fabric:
4 squares 1.5″ x 1.5″
4 strips 1.5″ x 2.5″
2 strips 1.5″ x 3.5″

Please, refer to this diagram when following the directions.  

Make TWO block-one units by following the numbers 1 to 5 on the left diagram.
Begin by sewing together one purple and one white 1.5″ squares (step 1–2). 
Add a purple 1.5″ x 2.5″ strip at the top (step 3). 
Sew a white 1.5″ x 2.5″ strip at the side (step 4). 
Sew another white 1.5″ x 3.5″ strip at the top (step 5).
Using the same approach, make TWO block two units following the numbers in the block two diagram above, right.
Lay out the four units as shown in the picture to the left and sew together to make the complete block.