The fabric of our lives

Published 12:02 am Saturday, November 3, 2012

Jane Barber illustrates items featured at this year’s Quilters Guild show.

It brings to mind thoughts of a simpler time, when neighbors gathered around the frame, discussing things like life and love.

And the concept is no different today for members of the Covington County Quilter’s Guild. This weekend, the public is invited to take in the group’s beautiful creations of thread and fabric at this year’s annual quilt show at the Kiwanis Center, going on today from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Raye Aaron, a Niceville, Fla., native, is among those displaying some 150 quilts at this year’s show.

Aaron uses fabric gathered from estate sales, using old history to create new.

“Quilt shows are a good outlet for talent,” she said. “I just enjoy it.”

Her husband, Larry, said quilting helps people remember the not too distant past.

When asked what it takes to make a quilt, Raye said it takes a lot of determination.

“It takes time and patience, especially in my case when I’m doing it by hand,” she said.

Raye also does tessellation patterns on shirts, which is a quilting pattern showing firery prongs radiating from a circle.

While quilts made from the old-fashioned hand quilting process will be featured, so will those created by more modern techniques.

Alma Moates of Pensacola, Fla., a certified American Quilter’s Society appraiser, will also be on hand to give verbal and written appraisals. Verbal appraisals are $15, while written appraisals are $45.

Guild members are also selling chances to win a queen-size quilt. Tickets are $1 each and available from any member or by calling Hopkins at Three Notch Cottage.

Proceeds will go to Crossover Ministries’ women’s program. The drawing will be at 4 p.m. today. One doesn’t have to be present to win.

Currently, there are 50 members in the guild, growing from 10 at its start in 2004.

“A guild is not like a club, in that you learn from one another,” said guild member Jane Barber. “There is a teaching objective. We learn and do have certified teachers come in.”

The group meets the second and fourth Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the PowerSouth boardroom.

New members are welcome.

“Even if you don’t have any experience making a quilt, you are welcome,” Barber said.

Admission to the quilt show is $5 per person.