Sandhills Quilters Guild Hears About Amish Quilts
The May meeting of the Sandhills Quilters Guild found four guests attending: Lucille Hayes, Brenda Willkes, Margaret Smith and Rachel Gullixson.
Rachel Gullixon, who is also involved with the Wounded Warrior group in Fayetteville reported the "Eighty-two for the 82nd Airborne" was a success. Almost 200 quilts for wounded members of the 82nd Airborne were sent to the group not only from quilters in this area but other states as well. She asked that quilters continue to make quilts for this cause.
Comfort Quilts made for area nursing homes and children's facilities were donated by Jean Schmidt, Liz Earley, Gail Reilly, and Pat Andrews. One Quilt of Valor was exhibited by Valerie Autry. Rosemary Cushman was congratulated for receiving a teacher's ribbon at the NQX Quilt Show held in New Hampshire for her long-arm quilting. She, along with piecer, Barbara Cavaluzzi will be donating a quilt to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Moore County for fundraising purposes.
After an extensive show of quilts made by members, a program giving the history of Amish quilts was enjoyed by the large group in attendance. Connie and Jim Thompson presented their knowledge of Amish quilts to the group. They have been collecting antique Amish quilts for over 20 years. Their presentation included information about the Amish, what makes an Amish quilt stand out and outstanding, how the Amish patterns and color use evolved, the best places to see examples of traditional Amish quilting, regional differences in Amish quilts, and in addition humorous anecdotes on collecting same and trying to reproduce an Amish quilt.
The Sandhills Quilters Guild meet Tuesday, June 16, the third Tuesday of the month, 9:30 a.m. at the Moore County Senior Enrichment Center U.S. 15-501.
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