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Chester Piecemakers Quilt Guild members Carol Bornhorst, left, and Diane Morrow are ready to sew the badge holders with their antique Featherweight sewing machines at Almanor Recreation Center on Nov. 11. Photo submitted

Chester Piecemakers ready for holidays

The Chester Piecemakers Quilt Guild is getting ready for the holidays. This is an extra busy time of year for everyone, and many handmade Christmas gifts are in progress for family and friends.

At the last meeting Nov. 11, all the upcoming guild projects and events were discussed.

Several members displayed items in their “Show ‘n Tell” activity. There were a few lovely quilts shown. Carol Asbury, Cheryl DuFay and Paula Draney modeled their beautiful jackets that they had created using regular sweatshirts as the foundation fabric.

Additional fabrics and embellishments were added.  Our Vice President Terry Aaroe taught the jacket class.

At the end of the business meeting, those wanting to make a name badge holder plugged in their sewing machines and went to work.

What would we do without Terry, as she always goes to a lot of extra effort to make our guild projects fun and educational. Terry had prepared 30 free fabric kits which were ready to sew together.

The finished project was a unique holder with a strap to wear around your neck. The holder included a clear vinyl pocket for a name card and three other pockets for a cell phone, pencils and miscellaneous small items.

With the Velcro closures sewed on, the finished holder was 8 by 5 inches. Terry had seen the holder before, but tweaked the pattern to make them even more useful for quilters.

The quilts that are given each Christmas to the pre-school students in Chester and Westwood are almost completed. They will be delivered the first part of December.

This year, 37 quilts have been lovingly created, from a variety of patchwork designs to dinosaurs and other animals, appliquéd onto pieced backgrounds.

Wrapped with each quilt is a toy or book. Photos will be in next month’s Patchwork Post.

We are looking forward to our Christmas party to be held Dec. 9, at 11 a.m., at the Almanor Recreation Center in Chester. Paula Draney and Mimi Rose have planned a delicious lunch, which includes ham and all the fixins. Members are asked to bring a 12-inch Christmas block for the drawing, and a rolled-up fat quarter (18-inch by 20-inch) of Christmas fabric to tie on the Christmas tree. We will be playing our traditional game of Left, Right, Center. Those wanting to participate in this game should bring 7 fabric strips 2.5-inch by 40-inch, in red, green or gold.

Food donations will be collected for Helping Hands in Chester and monetary donations for the Lake Almanor Elks Christmas Angels. If you would like to join us for the Christmas Party, please contact any guild member or call the numbers at the end of this article.

As always, we invite anyone in the community to join us at our meetings or special events. We usually meet at 1 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Almanor Recreation Center. If you need further information, please contact our Winter President Mimi Rose at 591-3340 or Jean Martin at 249-6203.

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