BONIFAY — On the third Thursday of every month starting at 5:30 p.m., 48 women gather together at the First Baptist Church of Bonifay to share their latest accomplishments, troubles and news as the Holmes Valley Quilters Club, and on Aug. 15, this was no different.
“The Holmes Valley Quilters Club was started in 2008,” said President Roberta Tinkler. “We have a block of the month, which by the end of the year those twelve blocks will be sewn together to make one quilt for that year. We’ve got show-n-tell, were people bring their projects from home and show them to the club.”
Tinkler said that there were also demonstrations held and this week Annette Lanhan demonstrated how to make a four-in-one placemat. If you are interested in seeing this demonstration the link to the video will be provided at the end of this article.
She said there’s also a charity donation, like Quilts for Guardian Ad Litem, where they make quilts and donate them to charities.
“Quilts for Guardian Ad Litem is quilts that are made and given to children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect,” said Carolyn Jordan, volunteer with the Guardian Ad Litem. “When children are taken from their homes, especially homes exposed to meth, the children aren’t allowed to take anything with them. These blankets are something that belong to the children; something for them to have and to hold on to.”
Jordan said she started as a volunteer in 2006.
“All the kids that I’ve given these blankets to have been overjoyed to have something that is theirs,” she said. “The ladies here at the quilt club are generous to give so much of their time and talent to serve these kids.”
Member Gerry Steverson said that the club was so much more then the club activities and projects.
“It’s more then just learning about how to quilt, it’s about fellowship and networking with other quilters,” said Steverson. “It gives each of us a wonderful incentive to go home and work on the these projects so that we can come back and show what all our hard work has accomplished.”
For video of the demonstration on how to make a four-in-one place mat visit this link: