There’s a group of ladies who get together several times throughout the mouth at the Lincoln County Senior Center to share their love of quilting. The quilts that they make are frequently donated to warm the hearts and bodies of those who are less fortunate. Quilting is an ancient art, usually done by women. It’s sometimes done out of necessity and other times to beautify homes. No matter why they are made, they’re works of artistic expression.
The Piecemakers Quilt Guild has been in existence for almost two decades. It was started by Chris Blankenship, Vicki McBryde and Mary Breakfield.
The first Tuesday of the month the ladies will either have a guest speaker visit or someone from the guild will teach a particular skill. The second Tuesday, Sandy Bruce teaches hand piecing and the third Tuesday, members work on quilts to be donated via a sister organization, “Quilts on Wheels.” Quilts have been donated to the Lincoln County Child Advocacy Center, the Lincoln County Crisis Pregnancy Center, Hospice and Palliative Care of Lincoln County, a local dialysis center and other places where they see the need.
This past Tuesday morning found the women piecing together a purple and white quilt that will be used as a donation quilt which they’ll sell tickets for in January to raise money for materials such as the cotton batting that they use for the quilts which has become quite expensive. The walls are lined with white cupboards filled with scraps of cloth to be made into quilts and other materials.
“I moved here from Ohio a year ago and was a member of a guild there,” said Joan Harter as she sewed pieces on a sewing machine. “I called the Senior Center and asked if they knew of any quilt guilds. They said, ‘yes, we have one,’ so I started here in November a year ago.”
The women all had various reasons of why they started quilting, but they all agreed that when they were quilting, especially when working on a quilt that they knew would be donated, they prayed for whomever is going to get the quilt. Not only does the recipient get the comfort of the quilt, they also get the comfort of knowing that someone thought enough of them to make the quilt.
“We all started quilting for various reasons,” Sandy Bruce said. “I started 40 years ago when I was pregnant with my son. I had nothing to do. I saw an ad for a first birthday at a quilt shop and I went there. We did everything by hand in those days. I took every class that they had for the next four months. My mother was amazed because she helped me through home economics. I’m not a seamstress at all. I love the colors and the feel of the fabric.”
While today’s machinery can turn out quilts in minutes, these quilts take hundreds of hours to finish. They’re all made out of cotton material that’s washable.
Linda Gunter started quilting when she was nine years old with her grandmother who taught her to hand piece.
“She saved that quilt until I was married,” she said. “She put it together with feed sacks and she gave me the top and I had it quilted. It now belongs to my youngest daughter.”
Anyone is welcome to come to the meetings to learn to quilt. The Piecemakers Quilt Guild meets on Tuesdays at 9 a.m. at the Lincoln County Senior Center.