The Ashe County Piecemakers Quilt Guild presented a bird quilt to the New River State Park on Tuesday, March 11.
The quilt features the various birds found in the region, and is a smaller version of a larger quilt that was given away in a raffle last year, according to the guild’s Publicity Chair, Vicki Duckworth.
“This was a guild-wide project,” Duckworth said. “A lot of people worked on various blocks and one of the quilters pieced it together with a long-arm quilt.”
Long-arm quilting is done on a piece of equpment similar to a sewing machine, which is made for quilting through multiple layers. There are two parts of making a quilt, which are piecing the top and then binding with backing a second layer.
Duckworth said the guild started on its quilt about six months ago.
“It wasn’t a continuous piece of work, but when you have different people doing the individual blocks, you have to wait on them to complete the quilts, before finishing it up,” she said.
Between the months of April and October, the Piecemakers hoist a dozen or so quilts in the state park’s visitor center off U.S. 221. Duckworth said the guild has been appreciative of the cooperation between themselves and the rangers.
“They have been very nice to us,” she said. “They let us hold their classes there sometimes.”
Now, the Piecemakers Quilt Guild hosts their meetings at 1:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month at the Ashe Senior Center.
Every September, the guild hosts a Quilt Fair, which attracts between 2,000 and 2,500 people. Last year, the Quilt Fair was held in conjunction with the volunteer fair at Jefferson Station.
Throughout the year, the Piecemakers make quilts for families that have lost their homes or for seniors in the community. Duckworth said the guild has approximately 80 members.
“We host a lot of different classes and programs,” Duckworth said. “All guests are welcome and we are always looking for new members.”
Wil Petty can be reached at (336) 846-7164 or on Twitter @WilPetty.