El Paso Northeast Quilter’s Guild
Quilting lives on at the Richard Burges Library. The El Paso Northeast Quilter’s Guild meets several times a month to work with beginners and advanced quilters alike. On the first Wednesday of every month, the “Block of the Month” group meets to work on their quilts. Charmaine Jackson, the chair of the Block of the Month Club, says she “Loves quilting and fabric!”
That’s important, because when you enter the group’s space, you are surrounded by colorful swatches, rulers, cutting mats and needles aplenty. There are also tasty-looking cookies to munch on. The other members of the club who were at the library today are, Mindy Quintero, Virginia Walker, Youngja Holloway, Helen Cunningham and Rosalie Silvas.
Youngja, pictured with her sewing machine is a new quilter. So are Helen and Rosalie. They both say they are “having fun” learning to quilt. Mindy and Virginia both enjoy hand quilting. Charmaine explained to me that quilters get the same results whether they choose to hand sew or use a machine. Sewing by machine may be a little faster.
When I was taking photos today, I was really taken with Virginia’s “Cathedral Window” Quilt. She was hand-sewing it and each piece of fabric held a memory: they are from pieces of her children’s old clothing. In this way, the old becomes new and memories are sewn together with skill, comraderie and fun at the library!