Piecemakers celebrates 10 years! In 2003, Debi Morton was looking for a way to get together with others who loved quilting as much as she, so she thought to start a group. She had no idea what a Quilt Group even did at meetings and decided to get some help.

She called Patty Allen of Fairfield Bay, who was a machine quilter. Patty and Debi met for lunch and set out a plan for the club, picking things they liked about other clubs and making their own. Patty agreed to write a newspaper article, Debi found a meeting place and put an announcement on the radio. They really didn’t have a clue if anyone would attend, but much to their surprise around 30 women came. They selected the name Piecemakers by vote. Patty agreed to be the first president. Since that day in July, Piecemakers have met every third Wednesday of the month for the last 10 years.

At its July 17 meeting, more than 30 members celebrated the club’s beginnings. Seven charter members were in attendance: Vicky Allen, Doris Brown, Eloise Brown, Pamela Davis, Janet Kuykendall, Debi Morton, and Diane Smith. They were recognized with a gift of a charter member pin. The club celebrated the years of quilting camaraderie and friendship with a gift exchange and a pizza party after the business meeting.

Club members and guests were welcomed by Linda LaDoux, club vice-president; Doris Brown gave the treasurers report; and Victoria Banks, club president, conducted the business meeting. Eloise Brown invited Block of the Month participants to show their mystery blocks for July. Shari Wisniewski was the winner of the prize drawing. Eloise showed the blocks for August and explained the directions. In September, Eloise will teach our Sit and Sew and members will be making a small duffle bag (6 x 7 x 11 ˝). Even though it is still two months away, she passed out instructions with homework to do before the September meeting. Jan Savu began taking sign-ups for upcoming Fall Retreat, which will be held at Mount Eagle Sept. 30-Oct. 3. If any spaces are left, friends will be able to sign up in August. Kay Otis gave a report about the bus trip to the Hot Springs Quilt Fest. Everyone who went had a great time.

Piecemakers next meeting will be held at 10 a.m. Aug. 21 at the Methodist Church in Clinton. Anyone interested in quilting is welcome to attend.