Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Adult Crafters at Springville Road Library Donate Hand-Sewn Quilt to Benefit Adult Programs; 2nd Annual Craft Fair Set for October 11

Members of the Coffee, Conversation, and Crafts (CCC) group at the Springville Road Regional Branch Library have donated their materials, time, and talent to hand-quilt a beautiful full-size quilt. Members of the group are accepting donations of $1 (or 6 for $5) for the drawing on November 23. You do not have to be present to win. ALL proceeds will go to support adult programs at the Springville Road Library.

It all started with a beautiful piece of fabric printed with the colorful Dresden Plates design. The quilters in the group didn’t want to cut it up, but they thought it was big enough and pretty enough to make a quilt to fit a full size bed. Someone donated batting, another brought some backing, and another brought in her floor frame.

Quilting needles, thread, thimbles, scissors, and pins soon arrived, and before long, the group was happily quilting and chatting while they worked. Those who were new to quilting were shown how to “rock” the needles to pick up multiple stitches, and how to tie tiny quilter’s knots that could be pulled through and concealed in the middle. They were also shown how to set the stitches small and straight, and how to add more thread without leaving a tail. Some folks watched and some folks quilted, but everyone had a great time. Before too long, nearly everyone in CCC became interested in the progress and quite eager to see the end result, and a lot of us had a chance to try our hand at this practical domestic art and to be instructed by some of the best quilters in our region.

At every meeting, a diligent group hand-stitched the layers together, then someone else took it home to bind and finish it. The result is lovely, and the quilt itself is on display in the Adult Department at the Springville Road Library.

Every stitch in this quilt is hand-sewn. Each line of the print was covered to produce a quilt that will stay together no matter how well used. Since all stitches go through all layers, the design shows through on the back, making the quilt reversible.

If you’d like more information about Coffee, Conversation and Crafts, or to find donation tickets for the quilt, please call Kelly Laney at Springville Road Library at 226-4083, or come join them at any of the meetings. The group meets every Monday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. to socialize, work together on crafts, and enjoy refreshments. Craft materials and instruction are supplied free, and participation in the day's craft project is not required.

All adults are welcome and if you have a pet project you want to work on, bring it along. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to crochet, knit, tat, quilt, loom knit, make jewelry, sew, make rugs, create plarn, make wreaths, or just about any other craft known to man, please come tap our “brain trust.” Someone in this group knows how to do just about everything, and they’re happy to pass along their knowledge to others!

You are also invited to attend the 2nd Annual Craft Fair from 2:00 to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 11. Members of the CCC and other local crafters will have lovely items for sale just in time for the holidays, and at very reasonable prices. Donation tickets for the Dresden Plate Quilt will also be available at the fair. The fair will be held outdoors in the library parking lot.

A portion of the proceeds from each booth will go to support the adult programs at Springville Road Library. If you are a local crafter (or know someone who is), a limited number of spaces are available for $25 (or 10% of your sales, whichever is less). Tables cannot be provided for non-CCC members, but you’re welcome to bring your own. For more information, please call Kelly Laney at 226-4083. Deadline to register for a slot to sell crafts is October 5.

Kelly Laney
Springville Road Regional Branch Library

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