Volumes of activity at Central Iowa Quilt Sew-ciety

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO Marilyn Kidd presented an informative program on batting entitled, “Baffled by Batting” to the Central Iowa Quilt Society at its Jan. 3 meeting.

The gals in the Central Iowa Quilt Sew-ciety have been very busy the past couple months. In early December more than 20 ladies ventured to the Newton Christian Conference Center for three days of uninterrupted sewing and quilting. Many projects were finished for Christmas gifts, tuffets were assembled, and UFO’s became completed. On Dec. 6 the guild met for its regular meeting and enjoyed a potluck and an enthusiastic round of “Let’s Make A Deal.” Much laughter as well as great food filled the festive evening of activities.

On Jan. 3, members met at the Trinity Lutheran Church for the regular meeting. Following a time of refreshments and socializing, the business meeting was called to order by President Rosanne Anderson. A generous check was given in memory of Marilyn Patterson to the Quilts of Valor fund. These funds are used for purchasing material, thread and batting for quilts made by members of the guild and presented to veterans at special ceremonies twice a year and some given privately. The next public presentation will be April 29 at the Iowa Veterans Home. Members are asked to help Deb Kerr with fundraising requests. A workshop for machine embroidery was held Jan. 13-16 during the day at the Iowa Education Center.

A very informative program, “Baffled by Batting” was given by Marilyn Kidd. She had many samples of quilted pieces using various kinds of batting. Battings can be made from cotton, polyester, wool and blends. Most are white or off white but black batting is also available. Choosing the right batting depends on how the finished project is going to be used, the desired look or feel of the finished project and even whether the item is going to be hand or machine quilted.

The next meeting of the Central Iowa Quilt Sew-ciety will be on Feb. 7 at the Trinity Lutheran Church with social time and lunch at 5:30 p.m. followed by business meeting at 6 p.m. This months program will be “Life is a Patchwork Quilt” by Arlene Selby. Guests are welcome.