A local quilting guild is set to demonstrate at the 2022 Tri-Rivers Fair.
“When I first started quilting, I was like, ‘This is what my grandma does,'” Carol Keeler said. “I found they had contemporary fabrics and contemporary patterns, and that’s what most quilters are interested in.”
Keeler, a member of the Silver Needles Quilting Guild, invites members of the community to attend demonstrations and participate in a design at the 2022 Tri-Rivers Fair. Members of the Silver Needles Quilting Guild will be on site from 11 a.m. at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 4 and Friday, August 5 at Kenwood Hall, during the Tri-Rivers Fair.
“Members of the Silver Needles Quilting Guild will bring things in and work as they go, and answer questions,” Keeler said. “He thinks it will be fun to sit down and watch what they do.”
According to Keeler, a participatory project will continue throughout the two days of demonstrations at the Foire des Tri-Rivières.
“What we’re going to do is have a designer wall,” Keeler said. “A piece of flannel will be placed on the board, so participants can put pieces on the board and arrange them.”
The design will follow the pattern settings of the Drunkard’s Path pattern.
“If you try to make one, you’ll know why they call it Drunkard’s Path,” Keeler said. “If you put all four pieces together, you have a square and a circle in the center.”
Demonstrations are scheduled with handwork demonstrations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 4; demonstrations of hand quilting from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, August 4 and how to use different types of rulers from 3-7 p.m. Thursday, August 4.
On Friday, August 5, the demonstrations switch the hours of the day, with hand quilting in the morning from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and hand work in the afternoon from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
“Hand quilting involves quilting the entire quilt by hand, using small stitches,” Keeler said. “If a quilter takes her quilt to a professional and has it quilted by a machine, that will be a demonstration of doing it by hand.”
According to Keeler, handwork includes quilting skills like binding and appliqué.
The Silver Needles Quilting Guild also wants to engage fairgoers by hiding quilted hearts around the fairgrounds for people to find.
“There’s a really cool thing we put on every quilted heart, I found an #ifaqh quilted heart,” Keeler said. “They’re doing this hashtag all over the world. I hope people enjoy going to this hashtag and learning a bit more about it.
Keeler has made several quilted hearts herself, which she also hopes to give away to children attending Silver Needles Quilting Guild presentations, as well as other interested attendees.
“I would love to distribute these to people who are interested in the quilt guild and to those who hang out with us during the fair,” Keeler said. “We would like two of them to give them a gift for their time and interest.”
A chance to learn
The Silver Needles Quilting Guild has been around for 42 years, according to Keeler.
“It was just a group of women who really enjoyed quilting, being together and sharing their talents,” Keeler said.
The group meets twice a month. On the third Monday of each month, the Silver Needles Quilting Guild meets for a meeting, which includes reports, a show and a sharing time where members can share sewing projects they have worked on and a schedule. The group meets for refreshments at 6:30 p.m., beginning their meeting at 7 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church.
“Programs can be very interesting,” Keeler said. “The last was things you can get at a hardware store to help with quilting.”
Three days later, on the third Thursday of each month, the group meets again for a sewing day at Redeemer Lutheran Church. The church is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and members can come and go as they please and stay as long as they wish.
“There’s so much talent and so much help for each of us to learn more things,” Keeler said.
The group sometimes uses their sewing time to work on community service projects. According to Keeler, in 2022 the Silver Needles Quilting Guild donated quilts to Martin Luther King, Jr. Daycare, Reflections Retirement Resort, Pregnancy Center, Tammy Walker Cancer Center, and Pediatric Unit and Nursery. from the Salina Regional Health Center.
“For cancer patients at Tammy Walker, we make ‘Quilts with a Hug,'” Keeler said. “It’s a shawl they can wrap around themselves during their chemo.”
Additionally, the Silver Needles Quilting Guild donated 122 quilted hearts to Presbyterian Manor for the Hearts of Hope project and 250 placements to Meals on Wheels.
A community outreach program allowed the Silver Needles Quilting Guild to donate funds to Saline County 4-H and the Peacemakers. The funds are being donated at a fundraiser, scheduled for October 14-15 this year at the Redeemer Lutheran, which includes a quilt show, auction and luncheon.
Literature on the Silver Needles Quilting Guild, as well as a coloring sheet for children visiting the displays at the Tri-Rivers Fair, will be available for demo attendees.
“Since March we’ve had a lot of young quilters joining,” Keeler said. ” It is really encouraging. “We noticed there were some youngsters last year with entries to the Tri-Rivers Fair, and we want to encourage them and keep them quilt.”