Monday, March 10, 2014

What Pioneer Quilters do

Pioneer Quilters have been gathering for a weekly half-day quilting session since 1975, teaching, encouraging and practicing the art of hand quilting.  Originally meeting in a member's home, we now are lucky enough to have a big, well-lit room at Westminster Presbyterian Church to quilt in, and room to store our quilts and frames and supplies.

We are a group of about 45 active members who hand-quilt each others' quilts.  We have space at the church to have 3 quilts in their frames at the same time.  We quilt for a couple of hours, then have a meeting and snacks before returning to the frames.

We hold annual shows at the Lane County Historical Museum, with this upcoming (April 22-27) show being number 38!

With the heavy attendance and boutique sales (more about these in future post), the show is a major fundraiser for the wonderful Lane County Historical Museum.  All proceeds from admissions and boutique sales go directly to the museum.

At the show, we always begin working on a new quilt, and visitors to the quilt show are able to see us quilting at the frame throughout the show.

Every summer, we also put a new quilt in a frame at the Lane County Fair.  There's a lot of interest in our craft from fair attendees as we work away, surrounded by quilts entered in the fair.  We also make a donation to provide cash prizes to youths who entered quilts in the fair.

Do plan to come to our show at least once this year (You'll save money with a weekly pass if you're stopping in 3 days or more).  We have so much lined up, and the quilts promise to be lovely, as usual.  April 22-27, 10-4 (12-4 on Sunday).  The Lane County Historical Museum is at the Fairgrounds, just off 13th!

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