Meeting Night

April Meeting Fun

We were missing a few guild members during our April 20th guild meeting, they left a bit early to start in on the fun at the AQS Paducah Quilt Show. Those that were in attendance were treated to a wonderfully informative presentation given by Phil Lewis (Teacher, Historian, Lincoln Museum Volunteer, and Friend ) who spoke to us about one of his favorite subjects, The Underground Railroad. He spoke to us about the many people that helped to create and carry out the rescuing of slaves during the time of The Underground Railroad as well as the possibility that quilt blocks were used to help convey hidden messages to the slaves on their journey. He showed us many quilt blocks and the “meanings” they were said to pass along, however we also learned that many of these quilt blocks did not exist until after the end of the Underground Railroad. No mater what your view on the possible use of quilt blocks during the time of The Underground Railroad the information that Phil thoughtfully shared with us is sure to make us all think a bit more the next time we hear the stories of the blocks and their hidden meanings.

Phil L. durring his Underground Railroad Presentation
Phil Lewis, sharing his knowledge on the The Underground Railroad
Geri's underground Railroad quilt
Phil showed us a quilt made by his wife (& Crossroads Quilters Guild Member) Geri depicting just a few of the many blocks that some believe to have hidden meanings.


The Quilt Show committee reminded us that this yeas Challenge quilt should be completed and brought to the August meeting for judging. They are going to ask a couple of local quilters (not associated with the guild) to come in and judge the quilts at the August meeting as well as having the guild members pick their favorite quilt. This ear guild members are challenged to all make the same quilt but in the choice of your own favorite fabrics.

Rita N. talked about the Bed Turning for this years quit show and will have more information on the quilts next month. This years Bed Turning will feature quilts from the Mennonite Community.

Our guild members thoughtfully turned in a total of 38 quilts & cancer caps for or charity drive this month! Thanks so much everyone!

You may notice a lack of photos from our Show & Tell. The photos were not the best so i decided to forgo sharing them this month. We really need to work on a location to use during the meeting were photos can be taken without the worry of people walking in front of the camera or having the tables take up half of the photos and covering up the projects. Please bring your suggestions to our next meeting!

Our next meeting will take place on May 18th  at The First Christian Church 901 N. Henrietta Effingham. With our Social Gathering snacks provided by Leslie S. & Adice F. starting at 6:00pm. The nightly program will be given by Elizabeth K. who will teach us how to square up our half square triangles before you press them open. Hope to see you all there!