Archive for Thursday, July 13, 2000

Eudora quilting guild continues to grow

July 13, 2000

Arelene Lawson is no stranger to quilting. She would quilt as a child with her mother. This led to her interest in the pastime and the 50 years experience she has acquired. Though experienced, Lawson was happy to see a quilting guild come to Eudora one year ago and learn some new tricks.

"It's very exciting for me because it's new patterns and new information that I can get from these other girls," Lawson said. "When this came in, it was just more new ideas."

Lawson is now vice president of the Eudora Quilting Bees, a collective of local quilters and non-quilters alike.

The guild began in July of 1999 with eight women wanting to have a smaller guild than that of neighboring Lawrence and Olathe. Today, the guild boasts nearly 25 members.

"Lawrence has a very large guild," said Bees secretary Kaye Spitzli. "There was an interest to have a smaller one here in Eudora."

The guild is more than just a group of women quilting for fun. The group is currently working on a quilt for a raffle at Eudorafest in September. It is also making quilts to donate to the Eudora Police Department, to be used when needed in emergencies and related situations.

"That's something we're going to try to do as some type of community service," said Margie Coleman, Bees president.

Quilting may be leisurely, Coleman said, but it can also be expensive. Quilts can be made from old clothing scraps and other materials, but some choosing to buy new material can spend anywhere from $100 to $400 depending on the intricacy of the patterns. It also can take a lot of time.

"There's so much variety and so many different patterns available, so many techniques, you couldn't put a time element on," Coleman said. "But if you're going to do an involved quilt, you're looking at a year's time."

The guild often has guest speakers at its monthly meeting, every second Tuesday at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, 314 East 8th street. Membership is $20 and includes a lot of fun, said Teresa Sullivan, who lives in Paola. Although the guild has only female members, males are welcome to attend.

"It's been the most fun one I've been to," said Sullivan, employee of Quilting Bits and Pieces, Eudora. "It's just a fun bunch of ladies.

"We don't bar the door; I think it would be great if (men) came."

Anyone wanting more information on the guild may call Coleman at 542-3382 or E-mail at acoleman@sunflower.com.

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