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uulletm, necora, erogressJve, Keporter Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014 1B I REGIONAL INSIDE SECTION B: EDITORIAL * OPINIONS UPCOMING EVENTS Landmarks, flags and flowers are originating designs for Baltimore Album quilts. This flag and eagle square would have been close to the heart in the 1840s when the quilt style was created. Most of the eastern seaboard did at one time have clipper ships sailing in and out of local harbors. This appliqu6d design on the Baltimore Album quilt hearkens back to days past. Chester Piecemakers Guild members near and far are encouraged to participate in the 2014 Quilt Challenge. Photos by M. Kate West ting from the heart Group to finish project started by late guild member M. Kate West Staff Writer ach Thursday, ladies of the Chester Piecemakers Quilt Guild gather in the Mtn. Maid Quilter store to work on a variety of projects. One project, very close to their hearts, is honoring the request that the Bltimrg'Allum quilt started by longttme guild member Pat Littlefield be finished. Two days before her death. April 22, 2013, Littlefield asked her son, Alex Littlefield, of Janesville, to call past guild president Diane Morrow. "When I returned her call, she asked that I ensure the guild finished her quilt for her son," Morrow said. Littlefield had spent 10 years working on the quilt and had completed the top in 2012. To finish, her fellow guild members will hand stitch the king-sized quilt and bind the edges, a i part-time project they ! estimate will take approximately three years. "We were all friends, we miss her and we really want to do this for her," guild member Carol Asbury said., With thimbles and needles in hand as they begin quilting from the heart, their conversations return to shared memories of Pat. "She had a love of learning and was always on the Internet learning how to do new things," Ashbury said: She was also an avid reader and was noted to be a walking encyclopedia about authors and their many works. The members also shared that Pat and her family, originally from Willits, were one of the original families to purchase a lot at Lake Almanor West in 1987. Lake Almanor was the family's retirement choice after Pursing a rural life of sheep ranching in WiUits and husband Fred's career in the lumber business. In addition to serving as board president of Lake Almanor West, Pat also served many years as the guild librarian. Facts about this quilt style The Baltimore Album quilt originated in Baltimore, Md., in the 1840s. From the beginning it was a highly popular style that remains so today. Hand stitching the Baltimore Album quilt of Pat Littlefield is a project likely to take three years. Baltimore Album quilts have their beginnings with the wealthy ladies of .= who took traditional quilting to an art form. Each year, members of the quilt guild come together to hand sew the annual Opportunity Quilt. The revenue they raise through the selling of tickets pays for the members' many community service projects. This year's quilt is entitled "The Fruits of Fall." From left: Diane Morrow, Terrie Perez and Sharon Paine. Three members of the Chester Piecemakers Quilt Guild who are working on finishing Pat Littlefield's quilt are the three Carols. From left: Carol Asbury, Carol Bunch and Carol Bornhorst. One project, very close to their hearts, is honoring the request that the Baltimore Album quilt started by Iongtime guild member Pat Littlefield be finished. Two days before her death April 22, 2013, Litttefield asked her son, Alex Littlefield, of Janesville, to call past guild president Diane Morrow. This style of quilt is made up of a number of squares called blocks that are appliqu6d with different designs. While the designs are often floral, many other motifs are also used, such as eagles, flags, clipper ships and landmarks. The quilt background is white and incorporates many of the primary colors such as reds; greens and blues. 2014 quilt challenge Over the 26 years in which Littlefield was a member of the guild, she made a number of ornate hand-sewn quilts. Her fine craftsmanship, coupled with her inquisitive mind, will be greatly missed during this year's competition, friend Diane Morrow describes as a challenge to stretch one's mind and imagination. This year's theme is "Tradition with a Modern Twist." "The modern quilt movement began with inspiration from traditional quilts, quilting designs and construction and was further inspired by modern design and architecture. "It was fed by the new technologies and communication styles of digital cameras, smartphones, email, texting and blogging. "But things that modern quilters have never forgotten is their love of fabric, friends like Pat Littlefieid and making something with their own two hands, although now often enhanced by machine piecing and quilting," Morrow said. ! 1