In observance of the milestone, members of the Quilts ’N Things guild are planning a Founders’ Day Celebration meeting, which is slated for 10 a.m. April 7. Guests with an interest in quilting are encouraged to attend the event, which will feature items created by guild members as well as a guest who will demonstrate patchwork patterns and various quilting supplies.
The Quilts ’N Things quilt guild was organized in 1988 and the first meeting was conducted in January 1989 with 33 charter members. Of those charter members, 14 remain active members of the guild. Ten of the charter members are deceased.
The guild was organized for the purpose to create, stimulate, maintain and record an interest in making, collecting and preserving quilted items as well as to establish and promote educational and social activities.
Also, the guild works to establish educational programs and communication lines among members to stimulate thought and the exchange of ideas as well as to enhance individual strengths. The group is dedicated to the preservation of quilts that have historical and cultural value. The art of present-day quilted items are supported and encouraged so that these items may become heirlooms of tomorrow.
In addition, Quilts ’N Things helps in the community. According to Agnes Faber, president, the members have made totes and pillows for breast cancer patients as well as turbans for patients undergoing chemotherapy. They also have conducted classes and displayed their quilt work for the public.
“We’ve had a machine quilting class and invited anyone to come to that. We have been part of the local quilt shows and fair exhibits — we had a large show when the Delta Queen was in last fall, and we do the (show) at the farm museum,” Faber said.
For Faber, the most interesting aspect of being involved in the group is interacting with other members.
“I like learning all of the new (quilting) techniques and the fellowship that I have with the other ladies,” she said. “We have very talented ladies who have so much knowledge to offer and unique ideas.”
According to Faber, Quilts ’N Things currently has 26 active members. She encouraged others to join and said that interested quilters of all ages are welcome. Regular meetings of the guild are conducted at 9:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month at the courthouse annex.
For more information, call Faber at 304-675-3070 or Mercedes Sayre at 304-675-2728.