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First News Fall 2007

Quilt and Craft Show

   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 for more information. Don't forget to attend the show on November 3rd.

Newsletter photography by Michael Babnick Photography

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