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Southern Belle Quilting Clubs

Updated on June 29, 2016

Keeping Heritage Alive through Quilting

Quilting may have been part of the past, but it is quickly making a big come back. Competition is great and these talented sewers gather from all over the world for some of the biggest shows of the year.

When I was a teenager there was a quilting or "Sewing Circle" at our church. Ladies would gather once a week to work on quilts for missionaries. I would watch, but never attempted to work on the quilt. So I never learned.

Even though I am not a grandmother, Id like to share with you a little bit of the Southern Belle Grandmothers Clubs of America handiwork, along with my first attempt at quilting.

Take a look at the beautiful artwork on each piece and see if you could select a winner. You may also enjoy viewing the Basic Quilting for Beginners and International Quilters Conventions videos.

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National Quilting Day

Always celebrated the third Saturday in March.

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Image by Quilters Club

The Quilter's Color Club: Secrets of Value, Temperature & Special Effects - 12 Hands-On Exercises, 8 Projects [Paperback]

Did you ever think that selecting the right colors for your quilt could lead to success or failure of a project making a big hit? If you think of it, quilting is another form of artwork. It makes sense that light and color can make the piece turn from just a quilt to a spectacular piece of art.

Secrets are revealed in this quilter's book that will help you pick the correct fabrics and colors to make a stunning design.

Poll: Quilters

Do you quilt?

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What is a Dresden Plate Quilt Pattern?

It is the circular pattern design fashioned after the first quilt made in 1785 by Anna Tuel.

Read more about it

HERE.

Anna Tuel's Hourglass Pattern of 1785. Click here to read more.

Anna Tuel's Hourglass Pattern of 1785. Click here to read more.
Anna Tuel's Hourglass Pattern of 1785. Click here to read more.

Winner of the Dresden Medallion Quilt Contest - Full View of the Intro Photo Quilt

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This quilt was the Dresdon Medallion winner in 2013. Winning quilts are often displayed throughout America and at quilting shows before they are auctioned off for charity. Some of the funds will go to St. Jude's Children's Hospital in Tennessee or Ronald McDonald Houses.

Southern Belle Grandmother's Club members who worked on this quilt were: Jean Asberry, Cheryl Kuschel, Cindy McLean and Sheila Neisingh.

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Fan pattern around the edges of the quilt.

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The Southern Belle Grandmother's Quilting Clubs

Southern Belle Quilt Blocks Stamped Cross-Stitch Kit

Who doesn't love the old fashioned Southern Belle Dresses? I know I do and have often thought of making one. For those who wish to include this era in their designs, this pretty pattern will do nicely.

Herrschners Southern Belle Quilt Blocks Stamped Cross-Stitch Kit
Herrschners Southern Belle Quilt Blocks Stamped Cross-Stitch Kit

Southern Belle Quilt Blocks Stamped Cross-Stitch Kit includes six 18 18"(43 x 43cm) stamped for cross-stitch polyester/cotton percale quilt blocks.

Easy-to-follow instructions for stitching and finishing.

Thread kit (sold separately) includes enough cotton floss to stitch all six blocks.

 
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Image credit Southern Belle Grandmother's Club

What is the Southern Belle Grandmother's Club

You don't have to be a grandmother to be a part of this group.

The Southern Belle Grandmothers Clubs hold events that are welcome all across America. They are members of the National Federation of Grandmothers Clubs of America, which is a non-profit that raises money each year for specific charities for sick children.

Each show is unique with their spectacular quilting artists who showcase the most beautiful handiwork of patterns, designs, colors and fabric.

The quilt shows often join other events such as festivals, with their exhibits. All kinds of quilting can be entered for a competition such as: pieces made by one person, group quilts, hand-pierced, hand-quilted, those made with machines or even those who use a combination of tools.

Need a pattern? - People often ask me for a copy of a coloring page for a quilt pattern.

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The Quilt Show

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The Old-Time Heritage Festivals are usually two day events. Their purpose is to preserve the lost arts of the past and to pass them on to future generations. Admission to these events are always free and they encourage people of all ages to join in on the fun of quilting.

Here is a sample of one of the aisles with the quilts on display. They were all so lovely I don't know how they could pick winners.

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Quilting Past & Present

Quilting Past & Present
Quilting Past & Present

There Has to Be A Winner! Could you choose one?

Voting for A Favorite Quilt

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Visitors get to take part in the People's Choice Award for each exhibitor. Upon entering, those wishing to participate are given a yellow smiley face sticker to place on a pink ribbon attached to each quilt. The one with the most stickers is the winner which is announced at the end of the event.

People entering a quilt are asked to give a little background of themselves and the history behind the making of the quilt. Learning the story that goes into the making of the quilts is one of the most fascinating parts of the competition.

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The Competitors Gallery - There were dozens, but these were a few of my favorites.

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Horses running free.Flip Flop FunSunny ButterflyThe Duck FamilySchool Mates Memories
Horses running free.
Horses running free.
Flip Flop Fun
Flip Flop Fun
Sunny Butterfly
Sunny Butterfly
The Duck Family
The Duck Family
School Mates Memories
School Mates Memories

Poll: Have A Favorite?

Which is your favorite?

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Quack Quack - This is so precious.

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My favorite quilt. I know there is a spelling mistake, but it's still fun. Don't you agree?

More Competitors

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Fairy Tale RhymesGlorious FlowersHappy Rose Basket BouquetCaf 50'sCaf 50's matching placemats
Fairy Tale Rhymes
Fairy Tale Rhymes
Glorious Flowers
Glorious Flowers
Happy Rose Basket Bouquet
Happy Rose Basket Bouquet
Caf 50's
Caf 50's
Caf 50's matching placemats
Caf 50's matching placemats

Poll: More Favorites

Which of these do you like best?

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Quilter's Gather - Seems everyone knew how to quilt but me :)

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This was what anyone who visited could work on for charity.This is "Cindy", but not really. It's her nickname and she is a quilt-a-holic! That's what her shirt reads."Cindy" is in charge of the event and made all these quilts. WOW! They are lined all around the room.She made these also. I told her she would make a lot of money if she sold them, but she said she just loves to quilt! What a talented lady.So many people got involved, even boys.... and girls. I tried getting some advice from her, but she wouldn't share her quilting tips.So "Cindy" was patient and taught me some basic steps.Everyone is supposed to sign their work. Would you put your name to this?Neither did I. It isn't as easy as one might think.
This was what anyone who visited could work on for charity.
This was what anyone who visited could work on for charity.
This is "Cindy", but not really. It's her nickname and she is a quilt-a-holic! That's what her shirt reads.
This is "Cindy", but not really. It's her nickname and she is a quilt-a-holic! That's what her shirt reads.
"Cindy" is in charge of the event and made all these quilts. WOW! They are lined all around the room.
"Cindy" is in charge of the event and made all these quilts. WOW! They are lined all around the room.
She made these also. I told her she would make a lot of money if she sold them, but she said she just loves to quilt! What a talented lady.
She made these also. I told her she would make a lot of money if she sold them, but she said she just loves to quilt! What a talented lady.
So many people got involved, even boys.
So many people got involved, even boys.
... and girls. I tried getting some advice from her, but she wouldn't share her quilting tips.
... and girls. I tried getting some advice from her, but she wouldn't share her quilting tips.
So "Cindy" was patient and taught me some basic steps.
So "Cindy" was patient and taught me some basic steps.
Everyone is supposed to sign their work. Would you put your name to this?Neither did I. It isn't as easy as one might think.
Everyone is supposed to sign their work. Would you put your name to this? Neither did I. It isn't as easy as one might think.

Beginning to Quilt

Step-by-step guide for making a full quilt out of t-shirts.

Material needed list.

Close-up view as you proceed.

Start to finish product.

My First Attempt At Quilting - Learning step one. I need some classes.

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How to Make A Quilt Beginners's Class - This is for me.

How to Make a Quilt (Part 1)

How to Make a Quilt (Part 2)

How to Make a Quilt (Part 3)

How to Make a Quilt (Part 4)

Learn to Quilt in Books & DVD's

Your First Quilt Book (or it should be!)
Your First Quilt Book (or it should be!)

Excellent book for beginners. Complete with illustrations and photographs. Good resource book for your crafting library.

 

Quilters Unite Internationally

Quilter's International Tour Festival - Quilting is big everywhere.

International Tour Festival

International Quilts

International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas 2010

International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas 2011

Taste of Festival

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What quilting tips or stories can you share with us? - Thanks for visiting. Leave a comment or just say Hi.

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    • ghoststorylover profile image

      ghoststorylover 4 years ago

      I've thought about quilting, but never gotten around to it. I'm more of a kniiter.

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      paynui 4 years ago

      I am looking after a friends house who is a full on quilter. My dog loves all the scraps of material she find lying around. You have made a wonderful lens.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      just a tip to delete - oh, that moving line of text is frightful. please let me know if you take it down so I can come back an like the lens.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      There seems to be a revival in quilting appreciation these days. Nice nice presentation.