It’s not your grandmother’s quilt


By Denny Rose

Special to The PREVIEW

A quilt show and tell program titled “It’s not your grandmother’s quilt” will be presented by five talented Mountain View Homemaker members on Thursday, Aug. 8, at the club’s monthly meeting.

Each will bring several of their beautiful quilted pieces to show as they explain how they created the quilt, how it will be used, and what inspired them. Since each of the quilters uses fabric to create, but in widely diverse ways, it promises to be a fun and amazing program.

All area women are invited to come to the Extension Building at the fairgrounds at about 11:30 a.m. to set up and visit. Promptly at noon, those attending will enjoy a covered dish lunch. Visitors are not expected to bring food, but should just come enjoy the day. Those attending for the second time become members automatically, since there are no dues or other requirements, and then may contribute to luncheons.

The program will immediately follow lunch.

Jan Donovan is a traditional quilter who hand pieces and quilts her award-winning, beautiful quilts. She likes to use a variety of applique techniques and will show samples of quilts done for babies, scene quilts, floral quilts and some done just for fun as she explains why she prefers to work in a slow, quiet way.

Jeanine Malaney creates realistic landscapes using collage techniques in a way that she calls “painting with fabric.” She is inspired by the spirit of the American West — wide open spaces, big skies, beautiful mountains, horses and wildlife; but others of her pieces have a more spiritual, cosmic theme.

Fran Jenkins works intuitively to create improvisational pieces by using appliquéd overlays, many without straight edges. Some of her pieces are wavy, others straight, and some just plain wonky. This background is then appliquéd with trees, flowers or shapes, then embellished with paint, beads or embroidery.

Jeanie Lemmo fuses multi-colored pieces of different fabrics onto a special bonding fabric, then cuts these up into small bits and uses them as one would paint or mosaics to create fantasy animals or birds. She has a unique sense of humor which shows through in her imaginative wall hangings and sculptures.

Ginnie Bartlett, who helped to organize the program, is a more traditional quilter who favors hand appliqué and hand piecing, but also machine quilts if the use of the quilt is to be for grand or great-grand children who will use and love the quilts energetically through childhood. Her delicate wall hangings are usually hand-pieced, hand-appliquéd and hand quilted.

After a short business meeting, the quilts will be on display and the quilters will be close to their quilts to answer questions and visit with all who want to see the amazing creations up close.

Mountain View Homemakers Club members are women who endeavor to make our homes and our community better. Most months, the group meets at the Extension Building to hear an enlightening program. Once or twice a year, the group has a work day to make pillows and blankets or other needed items for use by babies, children or the elderly. Two fund-raisers each year — an auction in July, and producing the annual Holiday Bazaar in November — allow the club to help many local non-profits with a check. Since 2013 is the club’s 50th year, all programs are being presented by members of the club, with topics of the type the organization may have enjoyed all those years ago.