When Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild members get together for their monthly meetings, they can't help but leave in a good mood, according to Jeanette Gregory, public relations coordinator for the group.
They learn from each other and offer each other support with their quilting projects, but the meetings also provide a chance for members to take part in a show-and-tell
However, this past weekend, the members of the local guild were able to show their quilts to a much larger crowd during the Ozark Festival of Quilts Show held Saturday and Sunday at Rolla Middle School.
More than 200 quilts were on display at the this year's show. Gregory said the guild holds a show every two years.
This year's show was special as it was dedicated to a longtime guild member who passed away Sept. 22 of this year — Karen Lyman.
Lyman, who died from breast cancer, was co-chair with Yvonne Meloy for the 2013 show. One of the first displays people saw when they entered the quilt show area were quilts done by Lyman, who had been a guild member for 17 years.
"She kept us in stitches ... and would keep us going," Gregory said of Lyman.
In addition to quilts on display, there was wearable art, a silent auction, bed turnings, demonstrations on binding, a boutique as well as vendors.
Certified quilt appraiser Hallye Bone of St. Louis also attended to appraise quilts.
There are currently more than 100 members of the Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild.
One of the founding members, Joyce Darr, who has been quilting since 1982, said she and fellow quilters would meet at her house, but "we ran out of room."
Gregory has been quilting for 10 years and learned from her mother-in-law after she went to a fabric store, mentioned that she was interested in starting to quilt and a store employee told her that she needed to learn.
"We (Gregory and her mother-in-law) met Thursdays for two or three years," Gregory recalled.
Meloy started quilting in 1995, and began by finishing up quilts that her mother started. "I finished all but one," she said.
The Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild meets the first Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church.
People interested in joining can attend the first two meetings for free. After that dues are $10 per year.
The group holds workshops, seminars, attends retreats and brings in instructors. Proceeds raised from this year's show will go back to the guild to help pay for these activities.
The guild makes and donates baby and veterans quilts as well as for children with disabilities. Gregory estimates that the guild donates anywhere from 60 to 70 quilts each year to four main organizations — Pregnancy Resource Center, Birthright of Rolla, United Methodist Women Layette Program and the Russell House.
Page 2 of 2 - In addition to quilts, the guild also donates pillow cases to the Russell House.
For more information about the guild, visit pieceandplenty.com
Below is a list of winners from the People's Choice awards this year:
Overall — Brenda Morton
First place (tie): Becky Bryan with "Wonky Trees in Batiks" and Yvonne Meloy with "Round and Round"
Second place: May Gunter with "Hawaiian Star"
Third place: Elizabeth Rowden with "The Long Way Home"
First place (tie): Kathy Stack with "Birds Just Want to Have Fun" and Alyce McNeil with "Over the River and Through the Woods"
Second place: Elizabeth Rowden with "Aunt Bea's Parlor Embroider Basket Quilt"
Third place: JoAnn Kolbe with "A Burst of Surprise"
First place: May Gunter with "Who am I?"
Second place: May Gunter with "Looking at You"
Third place: Kate Howell with "Pregnant Log Cabin"
First place: Sharoll Stuckey with "Mini Double Wedding Ring"
Second place: Donna Rae Olson with "Scrappy Plaids"
Third place: Yvonne Meloy with"Little Things"
Household and Wearables
First place (tie): Joan Hansen with "The Grinch Chair" and May Gunter with "Table topper"
Second place: Joan Hansen with "The Red Chair"
Third place: Alyce McNeal with "Judy Niemeyer Table Runner"