Quilters piece together a good time, good show

<p>At the end of a recent meeting of the Grant County Piecemakers, members check out a quilt in progress by Mary Lou Drury, far right. The group meets on the first Wednesday of the month in the Blue Mountain Hospital dining room to exchange ideas, plan events and share projects.</p>

 

JOHN DAY – Did you hear the one about the quilter who ran out of fabric?

Yep, she fell to pieces.

The Grant County Piecemakers Quilt Guild are a group of happy, fun-loving women, but make no mistake – they are serious about quilting.

The group of about 20 meets monthly to exchange quilting ideas, plan fundraisers and other events, and of course talk about quilting. Meetings conclude with a sharing time, when members can show off some of their latest projects.

Diane Higbie, president of the Piecemakers, said the mission of the guild is to “promote education and enjoyment of the quilting arts.”

Other officers are Karen Hinton, vice president; Patricia Amling, secretary; and Linda Gingrich, treasurer.

The Piecemakers’ biggest event of the year is coming up soon – the annual Grant County Quilt Show. This year’s event, the 13th annual, will be held Friday-Sunday, Sept. 7-9, in Trowbridge Pavilion at the Grant County Fairgrounds.

The featured guest at this year’s show will be teacher, author, pattern designer and award-winning quilter Toby Lischko.

Lischko will head up a daylong “Millefiori” workshop on Friday during the show. Saturday she will give a talk, “Making minis not harder, just smaller,” at 7 p.m.

Topics for other classes that weekend include hand appliqué, miniature quilts, and the “Friendship Strip Exchange Quilt.”

Activities at the show also include a “country store” with hand-crafted goodies for sale, and a silent auction featuring gift baskets full of a variety of crafted and donated items up for bidding.

Space is limited for the classes and workshops, so anyone interested is encouraged to sign up now. For more information on the costs and supply lists, call Quilts and Beyond in Prairie City, 541-820-4777.

Guild members are also selling drawing tickets for a quilt, pieced and quilted by the Piecemakers. The winning ticket will be drawn Sept. 9 at the quilt show.

The quilt can be seen over the coming weeks at various area businesses, and some Saturdays at the Farmers Market in John Day.

Some guild members are planning to gather up their projects, machines and supplies for a weekend of sewing and socializing during a July 27-29 retreat at Lake Creek Camp in Logan Valley.

The Grant County Piecemakers meet at 6 p.m. the first Wednesday of the month, in the Blue Mountain Hospital dining room. A potluck starts at 5:30 p.m., for those interested.

There are no meetings in November and December.

The guild is open to anyone interested in quilting. Membership is $30 a year, which entitles members to discounts on classes and retreats.

For more information, contact Higbie at 541-541-2727, or email gcpiecemakers@gmail.com.

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