The ladies of the Community Quilt group decorated a Green County Sheriff’s Department car with quilts this week. WHY? Because they donated 25 quilts for “Operation Squad Car”. This makes a total of 65 quilts given to the Greene Co. Sheriff’s office. Corporal Ussery told us that they are packaging the quilts in a plastic bag along with a small toy (Beenie Baby) and a note that the bundle is from the people of Greene County and the quilt was made with love by the Ozark Piecemakers Quilt Guild. A bundle is given as an attempt to foster respect between children and the police. Thank you to all who have contributed to this effort!
This editor just had to share this tidbit…..
The OPQG ladies selling tickets for our 2017 quilt got a special surprise. Tom Green, of Springfield, bought raffle tickets from them at the Fair. He composed this poem on the spot and read it aloud as he was dropping his tickets in the box. Such a talent!
Laura Jean Pleachet, a former rug maker at Silver Dollar City, joined us for our July monthly meeting. She entertained us with the history of her entry into rug making that started with her grandmother. The tool that she uses today for her craft was designed by her grandmother in the early 1900’s. It looks somwhat like a crochet hook with a point on the other end. All rugs begin with fabric inserted on the tool like this:
Here are some of the beautiful creations that came from Laura Jean and this little tool:
The Mid-Year Baby Quilt Sew-In that was held on July 14, 2017 was a great success!! We had 16 ladies who came to sew that day. Each sewed one kit during our sew-in and some took a kit home. All in all we distributed 22 kits!!! We were delighted at such a good turn out for our first Mid-Year Baby Quilt Sew-In. If you missed the event, see a sampling of the completed quilts and some of the ladies who made them…..
May Gunter gave a wonderful trunk show for our May meeting. She is a certified Judy Neimeyer instructor; the only one in Missouri! She gave us her history in quilting and her steps to becoming certified. She brought a wonderful array of her creative quilts to show the members. Here are a few…..
During May’s workshop on the following day members found her to be an excellent teacher. Starting with little bitty middles we progessed to bigger outside pieces.
Nearly everyday the OPQG building is filled with activity. On a recent Open Sew day Nancy Jones completed hand piecing her quilt top. Great job Nancy!
And during the March Turning Points meeting, Carol Zygadlo gave some great instructions for embroidery stitches. Thanks Carol!
Operation Squad Car is the ‘brain child’ of Connie Bradford. During one of her meditation sessions on the sidewalk in front of the guild, Connie encountered a Springfield police officer. She had an idea. If there was a small quilt in the police car, a child in stressful situations could be comforted. The policeman was very receptive to the idea. Now Community Quilts has launched Operation Squad Car.
If you would like to help with this project, it would be greatly appreciated. There are approximately 60 Springfield police cars so that is a lot of quilts! We are looking for small quilts suitable for children. You can make your favorite quilt pattern. Flannel scraps made into a rag quilt or a whole cloth kid print would work too. Or if you are out of ideas, this quilt can be made in a couple of hours. It is cut WOF and sewed in strips. Here is the pattern Favorite Donation Quilt thanks to MaryQuilts.com.