Quilting has been a long-standing tradition at the United Church
of Walsenburg at Main Street and Kansas Avenue. The stitching group, "Friendship
Circle," was formed almost forty years ago and continues to meet weekly, making
commissioned quilts, and hand-quilted quilts which are sold at their annual
Quilt and Craft Show each November. Several quilts are pieced and/or quilted
annually by the group, which currently includes: Marjorie Tatman, Sally Hix,
Letha Zellar, Michele Gilchrist, Mary McIntyre, and Judy McCutcheon.
Each year, on the first Saturday of November (Nov. 3, 2007), area shoppers and
quilt lovers gather at the United Church for their annual Quilt and Craft Show.
It's a day to admire quilts on display (antiques as well as modern), visit and
reacquaint with old friends and neighbors, feast on homemade sloppy joes and
pie, and shop among vendor tables whose wares include a huge variety of crafts
and quilted items. Quilters participating in the show come in all ages and
levels of expertise. Walsenburg Middle School children, who had participated in
an after-school quilting program, showed their Sunbonnet Sue quilt in 2006. Also
shown was a hand-quilted quilt made by Marjorie Tatman's granddaughter, Jesse
Howe, proving that the love of quilting has no age boundaries and can be
successfully passed on to the next generation!
In the past few years "Warm Love", a machine
-quilting and tied quilting group, led by Judy McCutcheon working out of the
United Church, has featured child and baby quilts plus numerous other
handcrafted items at the annual show. Quilts, sleeping bags, hygiene kits, and
baby layettes crafted by this group have helped fund and/or supply local needs
as well as outreach programs in Africa, Honduras, Pueblo, and Alamosa.
Both groups would love to share their interests and
expertise. Call Marjorie Tatman at (719) 738-2407 or Judy McCutcheon at (719)
738-3023 or check out the group's web page at
www.walsenburgunitedchurch.5u.com for more information. Don't forget
to attend the show on November 3rd.