Quilt lady spreads art of quilting to Inter Se members

Published 12:01 am Saturday, March 14, 2015

Jane Barber is shown with one of her qulits. She recently spoke to the Inter Se Club. | Courtesy photo

Jane Barber is shown with one of her qulits. She recently spoke to the Inter Se Club. | Courtesy photo

On March 4, 2015 as The Inter Se Club gathered at the Andalusia Public Library in The Dixon Memorial Room for their meeting, they knew they were in luck.

The foyer and the entire meeting room were beautiful decorated in a Saint Patrick’s theme.

Each table held a Shamrock centerpiece, surrounded by Leprechaun’s green hats, gold coins, and individual shamrocks. The refreshment table was laden with delicious cakes and other wonderful goodies. Coffee and spiced tea were served by hostesses, Lanette Goodyear and Marilyn O’Neal.

Leader Marilyn O’Neal introduced the guest speaker Jane Barber whose program was titled, “The Art of Quilting.”

Mrs. Barber grew up on a farm in central Pennsylvania. She received a degree in home economics from Church of the Brethren College in Pennsylvania.

She worked as extension agent for Penn State University. She raised four children. Her husband’s health  determined that they move to the South to be near their oldest son in 1986. Jane is involved in activities at the First United Methodist Church. She is a charter member of the Covington County Quilter’s Guild. She enjoys cooking, gardening, but most of all quilting.

Her enthusiasm about quilting was contagious. She instructed members not to treat a quilt in any way you wouldn’t treat a baby. Do not store quilts in plastic bags because the natural fibers can’t breathe. Also, chemicals from the plastic leach into the material. A hot attic is not a good idea for storing a quilt either. To care properly for a quilt, roll it in a sheet and change it out every six months so that the folds don’t become permanently creased. Keep quilts out of direct light. You can wash your quilts if they are in good condition.

She gave the history of quilts. Colonial women’s quilts were all handmade entirely. They were not carefully constructed heirlooms, but were functional items for the sole purpose of keeping people warm. When they became worn they were patched or used as fillers for other quilts. As conditions improved and sewing machines became available, quilts became elaborate, beautiful works of art. Jane shared with us many of the beautiful quilts she has made. She is a talented artist who has designed and made some gorgeous treasurers. She presented a most enjoyable program. A book will be placed in the Andalusia Public Library  in Mrs. Barber’s honor.

President Nancy Davis called the meeting to order. She welcomed members. Julie Wells introduced her guest, Carlene Anderson. Nancy led in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag and the reading of the Club Collect. Judy Buck, secretary, called the roll and read the minutes. Ann Lewis’ treasurer’s report was heard.

During the business session all committees reported. Twenty-three members were present. The next meeting will be April 1, 2015.