The cry is simple: â€œTeachable moment!â€
As soon as the words are spoken, half a dozen women come running.
At the weekly meetings of the Howardâ€™s Creek QTX â€” Quilters to the eXtreme â€” education is a priority.
Members come to the Howardâ€™s Creek Community Building once a week between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. for advice, practice and fellowship.
The group is new, but itâ€™s already the place to be for a handful of west Lincoln quilters. In its first month, the organization is averaging 11 to 13 members at each meeting, said Vicki Wise.
Wise and Judie Saine founded the group because of their shared love of quilting.
The two lived in the Howardâ€™s Creek area before their husbands got transferred to Kernersville, N.C. because of their jobs. Wise and Saine didnâ€™t know each other until they met at a quilting group meeting in Kernersville.
Eventually they each moved back to Howardâ€™s Creek and made a surprising discovery â€” they were neighbors, living just a mile apart.
â€œWe met in Kernersville, and weâ€™ve been best friends ever since,â€ Wise said.
Both self-proclaimed â€œfabric-holics,â€ the two knew they had to have an outlet for their obsession.
â€œWeâ€™re just people who enjoy quilting and want to promote quilting,â€ said Saine. â€œItâ€™s a very addictive habit.â€
They checked with the countyâ€™s Recreation Department and found they could use the center free of charge.
The building is perfect, they said. Itâ€™s got a large open space, good lighting and lots of big tables.
All members have to do is bring their machines and fabric.
Group members get to work on their individual projects, but they get the benefit of having a dozen other quilters around to help if they run into any problems.
The quilters learn different ways of tackling projects, said member Shirley Wise.
â€œEverybody does something different,â€ she said. â€œBut it all comes out the same.â€
Theyâ€™re all there to offer tips and help in a comfortable, friendship-oriented environment.
Brenda Auton got involved in quilting when she retired from Carolina Mills four years ago. She even has her own quilting group that meets in her home.
â€œItâ€™s such fun that I thought Iâ€™d join this,â€ she said. â€œItâ€™s wonderful therapy.â€
During meetings members have a show-and-tell session and talk about new techniques and projects. As a charitable project, they plan on making baby blankets and donating them to Crisis Pregnancy Center.
Meetings last five hours. Members can stay the whole time or just drop in when they want.
And you donâ€™t have to be a professional. The only requirements are to have equipment, fabric and the desire to make a lot of friends.
â€œSewing people are generally good, friendly people,â€ Saine said.
Howardâ€™s Creek QTX meets every Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. For more information contact the Recreation Department at 704-735-2671; Vicki Wise at 704-732-8836; or Judie Saine at 704-735-2490. by Alice Smith