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Stockdale News: Quilting tips from Arkansas

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The Stockdale Blue Bonnet Club met Jan. 9 at 4:30 p.m. in the home of Sandy Lynn for the first monthly business meeting of the new year.

Refreshments were served by the hostess while Program Leader Ginger Jackson connected via Internet with her mother, Janie S. Evans, in Magnolia, Ark.

Janie, a quilter of many years, and Ginger had videotaped the interview while the Jacksons were in Arkansas during the Christmas holidays. After showing the taped interview, Janie was able to be present at the Blue Bonnet Club meeting while she was at her home in Magnolia and the club in program mode in Stockdale.

A variety of questions were answered by Janie, whose mother-in-law taught her to quilt. Ginger displayed four quilts, all very old and precious to her family -- one quilted by Ginger’s great-grandmother and the other three quilted by Janie. Stories were shared of many quilting bees which lasted all day. Janie said the others got to continue quilting while she prepared lunch for all.

During World War II, fabric was not readily available or affordable, so scraps from old shirts and dresses, tobacco sacks, feed sacks, and flour sacks were used. Newspapers were used to make the patterns, and cotton from the fields was used for the batting. The women began making their quilts for warmth for their families, as they did not have heating, except from fireplaces, and the cotton quilts were very heavy. Everyone truly enjoyed being able to ask Janie questions and being able to see her as she answered them.

Sue McLelland, president, asked Secretary-Treasurer Susan Cotter to read the minutes of the November 2011 meeting, give the treasurer’s report, and conduct the Roll Call.

Committee reports were given by Nursing Home Bingo Chairman Billie Jo Wolff, who announced the club will provide prizes for the Jan. 31 bingo games at the Stockdale Nursing Center; and Helen Deason, who reported sending 24 cards during November and December.

Hostess for the February meeting will be Gina Deason, with Kay Deagen to serve as Program Leader. Molly Rowell will serve as the February Nursing Home Visitor.

Members present for the meeting were Linda Carden, Susan Cotter, Gina Deason, Helen Deason, Mary Denson, Ginger Jackson, Sandy Lynn, Sue McLelland, Sharon West, Barbara Wiatrek, Billie Jo Wolff, Teri Wolff, and guest, Charlin Akin.

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