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12B Wednesday, Aug. 1,2001 Bulletin, ) BY Victoria Metcalf purple fabric, the finished Staff Writer work does stand out. without , There is laughter, lots of being overpowering. .,~c~ talking, and much praise and In planning the quilt, two :::: •\ support exchanged, as threeworkshops were held where :: members of Plumas County's all of the members who want- newest quilting guild, the ed to be involved with the Quincy Crazy Quilters, get to- quilt learned to do the work. gether. Then it was broken down Through meetings and spe- into six workshops, where cial projects, three women, those members actually got ..... from three separate parts of down to making the quilt. : Plumas County, have become With an estimated 120 ...... . well acquainted, thanks to hours spent working on the ::, .... *'" their membership and dedi- the quilt, Maciel said they ....... ..... cation to the new guild. Con- then turned it over to Perry, , .. .... sidering themselves fast who did the quilting on her ,. friends, they have found anprofessionalsewing machine. interest that will link them Even with the aid of one of .... together as long as quilting the newest machines, de .... captures their attention, signed specifically for quilt- And from their rapid ex- ing, Perry said it took her 20 changes, friendly banter and hours to draw out the design. the incredible amounts of and then sew it. time they each devote to When it was all finished, quilting, it's easy to see Perry then had the task of Freddie Perry, of Portola, Norma Maciel, of Quincy, and Donna Meyers, of Graeagle, look over the they've formed a friendship washing the quilt to rid it of the members of the Quincy Crazy Quilters made as a fund-raising project. The design is Amish witl s based on an obsession that the chalk marks she'd made Orient. won't quickly go away. in preparing the design. Donna Meyers, of Graeagle, While washing a quilt can Freddie Perry, of Portola, and be a little difficult, Perry said Quincy Crazy Quilter's Presi- she was confident this one dent, Norma Maciel, of Quin- would turn out right• High cy, are just three of the quality fabrics had been se- A special women who have discovered lected that wouldn't bleed on- "Mystery the fast friends and produc- to other colors. And Perry in- Feather tire pieces that can be real- sisted on using 100 percent Donna ized through the centuries- cotton thread, the best for the gle, old art of quilting, project. " " ": ::" For the cla t And, with the club less Laughing about the ::.. -, ,5 asked to brlag than a year old, its members process, Maciel said that Per- :"'" ..... triangles, 24 haven't been idle. Meeting ry was so particular about " , ...... ' '-." ,, .... ,,',..-- :,: ..... andlowing24 the i " every Thursday at the the thread, that she ripped[" :~' :;,. i..d~-- Plumas Christian School in out most of it in the begin-' i ' Ucipants wal _ Quincy, they exchange pat- ning stages, tantly to see terns, ideas, learn tech- Explaining, Perry said that niques, attend classes, and she had chosen one color of happen whea sew. thread for the project, and their strips While the guild has several then found another color she pattern was tl ' dt projects members participate actually preferred. That in. the biggest project to date, meant she had to sit down ,:: ..... . . ;, and,fis~i~g~ and rip out all the thread and':~-' "'.. "~: ''~ * ~" :!' : ~: ~(~;':) quilt destined for:the Pitman: "then start over. , • ' • "':" :::' ' " : " :'? Sierra County Fair Aug. 8-12. This year's first guild ffort ..'. .......... . .... . :, :. :. will be on display in the Tul- The project sa Scott Pavilion for the du- "I selected three patterns ration of the fair. Members of and we voted on it as a the Quincy Crazy Quilters guild, they're also designed to Library in Quincy, the fourjoined. A member of a guildas ThreadbeaI guild," explained Perry, a will be selling tickets toward give the experienced quilters original members knew suc- in Southern California, shecomes even professional quilter who's an opportunity to win the a way to use their ideas on a cess in their venture, had been quilting a number will never be been involved in guilds forquilt, snmller scale. Meyers, an experience quil-of years, finally purchasing Maciel was ginning, and years, ter who didn't belong to a her own professional quilting tic, members The trick to selecting pat-Funds Beginnings guild, was one of the firstmachine. group. While sM l terns was choosing ones thatThe quilt has been on dis-The Quincy, Crazy Quilters members to join. Since that Perry said that when she a number of were challenging enough for play at various functions Guild began last year as an time, she's increased her own purchased the machine, she she admits sh the most experienced of the throughout the summer, as idea of four women who gath- efforts, both with projects of talked her husband into giv- quilters, yet simple enough members of the Quincy Crazy ered each week for a Bibleher own, and the projects she ing up his private room to ateButathatgenuine,does that the newest members Quilters have sold tickets to study session• undertakes for the guild, her for a year. Laughing, she bit. didn't feel left out, Perry ex- those hoping to win it. In the beginning, just onePerry was another who said she has few doubts that, plained. Joining other quilting of the members, Leah Hardy, And, with three levels of guilds from Plumas and Sier- listened and participated in iililainiiliaiiilieiiaiiiaellllmlilmliililiiai experience seated around the ra counties, the members the lessons, while busily • finished product, they allhope to sell more tickets on stitching away at whatever • agreed they had a hand in it the quilt, in an effort to earn quilting project she was do- • at some level, the club some needed fund-mg at the time. • what members of the guild ing, As interest began to spread• eventually agreed upon was a As the tickets are sold. and to other women at the dining • traditional Amish pattern the money rolls in, the club room table at Maciel's house, • with an oriental twist, Perry intends to use some of thethey began to become active• said. funding to offer additional members in other quilting • The design is purely classes from noted quilters, guilds in Plumas County. • Amish, but the fabric selec- They also use the funding to Lessons and shows outside • tion leaned toward colors and purchase fabric and batting of the area began to attract --• patterns that weren't at all in for another special project-- their attention, and soon they • N keeping with the solids and Cuddle Quilts. were discussing the idea of • colors favored by the Amish. These quilts are created by beginning a guild in the area • • • "We thought it would gi ee members for babies in the that lacked one--Quincy. • it a little more pizzazz," Per- foster care system. While From that first meeting, • ry explained. And, with the they're good learning expert- which filled the community • NOW Acceotin Enrollment for choice of an oriental-style ences for the beginners in the room at the Plumas County• • Home School Students • K-12 • 2001-2002 School Year i • 1st day of school - August 20, 2001 Freddie Perry, of Portola, • k,,,ks o,er the qu.t, uader •• Last day of school - May 31, 2002 construction by her good i friend and quilting cons- • paniOn, Donna Meyers, of I .yer, ..d • Call for appointment ,y.. t,,o of th. m,. • (530) • 283-3851 or perlenced members of the • , new Quincy guild. • • 1-888-509-4146 • PLU SCHOOL Photo by Victoria Metcalf • • 2288 East Main St. ta = Quincy, CA 95971 llillllllillllllllllllllllllllllllllll