Grand Prairie Quilt Society members display work at recent meeting


The Grand Prairie Quilt Society met recently at the Stuttgart Public Library with eight members present.

President Glenda Landreth opened the meeting with a thought for the day: “Being creative is not a hobby; it’s a way of life.” The March treasurer’s report and the February minutes were read and approved.

During the old business session, reports were given on the recent quilt camp retreat at the 4-H center in Ferndale. A good time was had by all. Members attending were Landreth, Maeola Flournoy, Marsha Heien, Betty Knoll and Louanna Spears. They told of the many beautiful quilts and other projects that were completed during the weekend and also passed around many photos of the weekend. Flournoy completed a wonderful T-shirt quilt that was admired by everyone at the 4-H center.

The regular Cook’s Lake Quilt Saturday was also discussed. Four members also attended and were elated to be able to meet in the historic Cook’s Lake Lodge. After the class, they received a tour of the entire lodge and viewed the handmade quilts in the bedrooms. The Cook’s Lake Quilt Saturday is the second Saturday of the month.

During the Show and Share session, Sherry Thompkins displayed her first quilt, a Four-Patch Posy quilt. She was congratulated by everyone there on such a wonderful accomplishment. Flournoy showed off a T-shirt quilt. Ann Crum displayed a Flagstone quilt (cut and slash quilt) and Landreth showed a pre-printed appliqué quilt and a set of bull’s eye quilt block. Winnie Cotton displayed a never-ending log cabin quilt and a blue-checked scrap quilt.

During the Demo segment, Audrey Carlin demonstrated how to make a quilted Easter egg by using prairie points and straight pins. She passed around several beautiful finished eggs that were admired by all. Heien demonstrated how to make a locker hook rug mug coaster using a locker hook and 3/4-inch canvass. She also showed the members the steps to make a small, quilted sewing or jewelry bag. If members want to make one at the next Sit’n Sew, they were asked bring two fat quarters of coordinating fabric, magnet strips and a flexible plastic ruler for stiffening.

Pat Havlik brought a bag full of treasure - assorted fabric remnants.

The next quilt camp is the upcoming Quilt Arkansas event on Sept. 5-7 at the 4-H Center in Ferndale. There will be several classes offered during the three days. Go to www.quiltingarkansas.com for more information.

The group’s next meeting will be a Sit’n Sew on April 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Stuttgart Public Library. Participants are asked to bring their projects, sewing machine, hand sewing, whatever they want to work on, and a lunch.