Town and Country Quilters EHC start a productive year

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The Town and Country Quilters Extension Homemakers Club is beginning the new year with an active schedule. Their first meeting of 2023 was held Saturday, 14 January during the monthly workday at the Monticello United Methodist Church Old Fellowship Hall. Club members worked on individual projects, shared a potluck lunch, and learned to make a House quilt block. Claudia Horton, club Vice-President, presented the program of directions for the new block, which is number seven in the Sampler Quilt project the club is currently constructing. Other blocks in the series include the Shoofly Block, the Maple Leaf Block, the Drunkard’s Path Block, the Pinwheel Block, the Flower Basket Block, and the Courthouse Steps Block.

In December 2022, instead of learning about a new block, the club enjoyed gathering with visitors for their annual Christmas party and quilt block exchange. Each year club members create individual blocks inspired by a seasonal theme and exchange them with other club members in a random draw. Members who continue in the club eventually collect sufficient Christmas blocks to make their own Christmas quilt. Last year also saw the quilters hosting their inaugural quilt show, claiming a purple Best of Show ribbon in the Drew County Fair for their educational booth about t-shirt quilts, and donating a Showering Stars Quilt which raised over $1,000 for the Monticello Branch of the Southeast Arkansas Regional Library. They anticipate exciting results from their work as an Extension Homemakers Club in 2023.

Town and Country Quilters EHC meets regularly on the second Saturday of each month at First United Methodist Church and welcomes visitors to join them, from expert seamstresses to those who are interested in beginning to learn stitching techniques. For more information about the club, its projects, or upcoming meetings, please phone club Secretary Joy Graham at 870-723-1372 or email club President, Dr Kay Walter at walter@uamont.edu.

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