A ‘kids night’ for quilts
The Maple Leaf Quilters Guild added quilting to the summertime activities of local children by sponsoring a "kids night" at its meeting Thursday.
Guild members brought their children and grandchildren, and children participating in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program also were invited.
Nancy Brown, president of the quilters guild and chairman of the Big Brothers/Big Sisters advisory board, thought the night of activities would be a good way to introduce quilting to children and also give them something to do.
"We try to do something a little different each year," Brown said. "We are making this an annual event."
Seven children made quilt blocks using crayons, sewed Christmas ornaments and decorated pencil cans. Guild members also participated in the children's activities.
"I think the adults are having more fun," said Wincel Yehle, guild member.
Extra items will be donated to the Baldwin Senior Center for bingo prizes, and to the Baldwin Care Center.
"We haven't done a charitable project and this would be a good one," said Terry Saunders, who helped organize the kids night.
Nick and Jake Bovee, Baldwin City, colored a dog on a quilt block concentrating on staying in the lines. Nick pointed out the different shades on his dog.
Brown was happy to see the children's interest, because it is part of the guild's mission to promote quilting in the community.
"We are trying to get them young," Brown said with a smile.