LS: Art of Quilting Column March 15, 2009

Quilters create blanket stimulus plan

Bernie Madoff may not have made off with everyone’s personal fortune, but a fair number of folks these days feel as though someone absconded with their disposable income.

Lost jobs, home foreclosures, Wall Street rolling up its sidewalks — the message that we are in an economic slump is pounded in our face daily.

Here’s what quilters can do about it. The people at the National Quilting Association, sponsor of National Quilting Day on March 21, worry that the number of homeless families is on the rise.

The association encourages our ranks to put effort and energy into projects for those who may be struggling for warmth and comfort at this time.

They’ve created a pattern titled “Welcome Home,” which can be made into a 60-inch by 60-inch quilt and donated to those less fortunate. You can find the directions at

“Welcome Home” also is the theme of this year’s 18th annual National Quilting Day.

Again this year, Sunset Slope Quilters of Grand Junction will honor quilting’s heritage with a celebration at Mesa Mall.

A display of quilts, wall hangings, table runners and other quilted artwork is planned from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Claire’s Court near the food court. The public is invited to check out the work being done by quilters in the Grand Valley. The event is free.

Highlights include a “bed turning” throughout the day, with guild members showing layers of quilts in king, queen and full sizes, stacked upon a bed.

More than 20 baby quilts newly made by guild members will be exhibited, and visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite. A Viewer’s Choice award will be given, then all of the quilts will be donated to The Pregnancy Center, 704 Elm Ave. This charitable act ties in with the day’s theme of home, warmth and comfort, organizers said.

Other causes to which Sunset Slope Quilters donate their handiwork include Habitat for Humanity, a Christmas stocking program for needy children and TLC, which makes quilts for guild members who have cancer.

Also on Saturday, demonstrations are planned on needleturn applique by guild members Carole Moyes and Dixie Arnett and hand quilting by Cindy Backer.

Event co-chairwoman Venita Joseph has made one of the “Welcome Home” quilts and knows of several other guild members who are doing so.

“It’s quick and easy,” she says of the graphic house block inside a large star design.

Their quilts will be on display and may inspire others to make a version of their own — for themselves or for someone in need during these difficult times.

Call Joseph at 858-4771 or event chairwoman Phyllis Burdick, 858-5264, for information about
Saturday’s event at the mall.

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