The Loose Threads Quilters, based in Harmontown, were invited to a meeting of Patches and Pieces, Tate County's quilting club, Thursday, March 22 at the Tate County Extension Auditorium.
Members from both groups brought projects for the others to see. Those examples ranged from a 140-by120-inch T-shirt quilt to a Baltimore Album hand appliquéd quilt. Others included queen-size quilts, a Butter Fly Garden hand-colored and hand-embroidered quilt, to smaller projects such as a “kitchen quilt” hot pad, table runner and even a denim hat.
The projects were as varied as the women who gathered. Different ages, different races, quilting at different skill levels and bound together by this social art.
|Members of Patches and Pieces and Loose Threads quilting groups gather for a joint meeting March 22 at the Tate County Extension Auditorium. The groups exchanged ideas through a show and tell session and reported on club projects.|
Both groups are interested in giving something back to the area. Members of Patches and Pieces showed off pillowcases made for the Ronald McDonald House, while Loose Threads members displayed an example of one of the Comfort Quilts they are making to donate to chemotherapy patients at West Clinic in Southaven.
It was a good time for the two groups to meet since March is National Quilting Month. Established by the National Quilting Association, NQD is the third Saturday in March, but quilters are flexible and love a celebration — especially when fabric is involved! So over the years, observance of National Quilting Day has unofficially been expanded to the whole month of March, according to the National Quilting Association website.
Members from Patches and Pieces included Leader Margie Rutherford, Sharon Forte, Doris Schultz and Ethel “Pee Wee” Ferguson of Coldwater; Sue Burton, Carolyn Rhodes, Robbie Green, Carieann Howell, Rosa Pollock and Carrie Maples of Senatobia; Sandra Farrow, Olive Branch; Ann Staples, Hernando.
Loose Threads Quilters present were Pauline Kirby and Genell Clayton, both of Sardis; Virginia Hendren, Waterford; and Nancy Patterson, Senatobia.