National Quilting Day celebration at the Landrum Library Saturday

Published 1:55 pm Friday, March 20, 2009

National Quilting Day is Saturday, March 21, and the Landrum Quilters will be celebrating this 18th annual happening at the Landrum Library in Landrum. This free event will be held in the Getty Community Room of the library from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

National Quilting Day is sponsored by the National Quilting Association and is intended as a time to reflect on the rich traditions of quiltmakers and their contributions to family and community for hundreds of years. The Landrum Quilters are celebrating this day in cooperation with Friends of the Landrum Library.

The theme of the special event will be &uot;Welcome Home&uot; to suggest the importance of the home and family;&bsp; the quilts on display will include the log cabin pattern as well as other house motifs.&bsp; Visitors will be able to see quilters at work, who will be pleased to answer questions about their art, and to experience close-up the handiwork of local artisans. The myriad techniques of quilting, such as fast machine piecing and machine quilting, hand-quilting and piecing, and quick-bond methods can be explained upon inquiry. Books on quilting from the library will also be easily accessible.

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The Landrum Quilters Guild is made up of women (though men are welcome to join, and you don&39;t have to be &uot;old&uot;) who are eager to serve the community. Quilters on every level of expertise are involved in outreach projects such as supporting the Ronald McDonald House in Greenville, S.C., as well as the Steps to Hope women&39;s shelter in Columbus. Perhaps the biggest common denominator of membership is the spirit of kinship and warmth shared by the members. &bsp;

Visitors are welcome to attend two observational meetings of the Landrum Quilters Guild, which meets on the second Thursday of each month at the old Gowensville school house. &bsp;

Questions about the Landrum Quilters Guild may be directed to Susie Pitalo at 228-282-3724.