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By James Ensor
Hometown Weekly Reporter
In a peaceful back room of the Westwood Public Library, the quilting club gathered for their monthly meeting on Monday, August 29. The club has been in existence for about 8 years, and had to adapt to survive when the Westwood Library changed buildings, at one point taking refuge to quilt in a librarian’s office while renovations were going on outside the room.
During their allotted time from 6:30 to 9 p.m., dedicated quilters streamed in to work on their latest projects. Everyone works on their own respective projects independently, and the group meets to socialize and support each other throughout their nights together. Although the focus is on quilting, the club certainly does not discriminate, as many members regularly work on projects such as cross-stitching and knitting alongside quilters.
For example, Margaret was cross-stitching a Halloween themed birthday present for a friend, and Joy had created a table spread using computer assisted stitching for some very detailed features. Nancy, Sue, Marcia, Carol, Kathy and Joanne all worked alongside them on quilting projects of their own. Joanne brought along some serious equipment, sporting a 1950s featherweight sewing machine that weighs only 11 lbs.
“The club is open to everyone who wants to come, the emphasis is on quilting but we don’t discriminate against other crafts,” said Nancy. “We try to meet on the last Monday of every month unless there is a conflicting holiday.”
Over the years the quilters have made some very impressive crafts, and at this meeting, Carol displayed her most recently completed quilt. The massive and detailed creation took months to finish.