Thursday, January 22, 2009

Good Stuff in TEC: Central Gulf Coast (FL)

Quilters celebrate 30 year

In an era beset with complexity, one local group still traffics in a simple pleasure - the irreplaceable privilege of being warm and comfortable.

Almost 30 years ago the St. Andrew Bay Quilters' Guild was formed. Since that time the group has embarked on a charitable mission, transferring an old-time hobby into a tsunami of patchwork blankets for organizations.

"Our philosophy, so to speak, is to gather and quilt to spread the word about quilts, to educate ourselves and the public about quilts and to donate our skills and our time," said Jo Ellen Rogers, president of the guild.

At Wednesday's meeting, held at St. Andrew Episcopal Church, members of the group unfurled 20 quilts for Catholic Charities St. Barnabas House, a shelter for women and children.

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