Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

November 7, 2012

Piecemakers staying busy


CROSSVILLE — The Piecemakers are busy all year every year, not just in quilt show years. Program Chairwoman Wynnell Busch has coordinated a varied schedule with a very large variety of people and techniques to appeal to the growing membership. The word has spread about the many activities and classes being offered and, therefore, the membership has received more than 20 new people and continues to grow at every meeting.

There are monthly meetings, trunk shows, classes, workshops, bus trips and shop hops. There are parties and picnics. In the past few years, hundreds of comfort quilts have been made and donated to children, veterans and several local charities, such as Avalon Center and House Of Hope; these are just a few.

Jackie Dean, chairwoman, along with past Chairwoman Verda Hopkins, have guided and inspired the members with fun patterns, fabrics, and workshops for the last eight years. Members enjoy traditional activities including Block of the Month, Mystery Quilts, Challenge Quilts, and Birthday recognition.

The guild publishes an activity-filled monthly newsletter and, thanks to our editor, Frances Gunst, members are kept up to date.

President Lila Mize says, "This is such a great group of women. It has been my pleasure and privilege to serve as President for the last three years and treasurer for the previous three years."

"It takes us two years to be ready to put on another great show," said Show Coordinator Susan McCullough. Their seventh Biennial Quilt Show will be held at the fairgrounds next June 14, 15, and 16.

There are 13 categories of entries in the show, with four ribbons in every category, plus special awards. "Once again, the guild hopes to offer gift certificates and cash awards totaling over $1,000." These awards are to celebrate all of the several skills needed to create a unique and special quilt. Included is the classic art of hand quilting, to the more recent talent of machine quilting, from choosing the perfect fabrics to amplify a wonderful pattern, to cutting and piecing perfect points, circles, and triangles or appliquéing flowers, leaves or other fanciful shapes. Along with Susan, the backbone of the team for the last few years has been Penny Symington, Barb Duncan and Lois Miller. 

Quilt Show Entry Forms are due on Wednesday, May 8, 2013.  Visit the Guild's website to obtain the rules, categories and awards. Over 200 quilts and wearables will be displayed. The show is open to everyone and all non-members are encouraged to enter.

The guild invites and welcomes new guests to come at 9:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of the month at the Hwy. 127 South Senior Center in Crossville. Plan to be enlightened during the business meeting, which begins promptly at 10 a.m., and to enjoy show and tell and hear the featured speaker.