Grand Prairie Quilt Society meets for quarterly Sit ‘n Sew

The Grand Prairie Quilt Society met recently for its quarterly Sit n’ Sew at the Stuttgart Public Library with eight members present and two guests, Ann Ruffin and Shelley Barber.

President Glenda Landreth opened the business session with a thought for the day about Martha Pullen’s life of service through her quilting and giving of her time to help others make a better life. The minutes were read and approved and there was no treasurer’s report.

Landreth also introduced Ann Ruffin from West Memphis who came to join the group for the day. She brought several boxes of fabric treasures to share with the members. Everyone dived in and came up for air with their arms full of fabric and books. The floor was quickly covered in this and that as fabric flew and booklets scattered. A good time was had by all with many thanks expressed to Ruffin for her beneficence.

Winnie Cotton and Audrey Carlin will celebrate birthdays in July. Everyone sang a happy 93rd birthday to Carlin, who was present.

It was announced that there will be The Great Arkansas Quilt Show 3 at the Historic Arkansas Museum on Aug. 8, 2014-May 3, 2015. Registration forms for entering a quilt in the show were distributed to those who were interested. The deadline is April 7, 2014 for registration. For more information call 501-324-9351.

During the Show and Share:

• Carlin showed a bulls-eye border she is making for her nature quilt.

• Landreth had a Looney Tunes quilted book, and a mini-nine patch quilt she has completed from her UFO (unfinished object) stash of quilt tops.

• Betty Knoll had a special presentation. She displayed a quilt made by the quilters of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Gillett. They wish to donate it to the Quilts of Valor program that provides quilts for veterans. The members admired the quilt’s pattern and complexity. She also had a stash of fabric treasures to share with members. Someone commented, “It’s like Christmas today.”

During the Sit n’ Sew session, sewing machines whirred, scissors clipped and visiting went on as everyone got down to the business of the day. Sixteen pillow cases were completed for Arkansas Children’s Hospital with several taken home to be finished later.

During lunch, a Devil’s Food birthday cake was enjoyed by the birthday girl who graciously shared it with those present.

The next meeting will be Aug. 14 at the Stuttgart Public Library.