Quilting and cancer

When I tell people that I am a quilter, the usual response is “my grandmother made quilts” followed by a yawn. While Sarasota has a strong tradition of lovely hand quilting, many of today’s quilters produce exciting fiber art often with high tech sewing machines. Come to one of our guild meetings and see an amazing range of work.

The Friendship Knot Quilt Guild meets on the third Monday of each month at the Bahia Vista Mennonite Church in Sarasota, FL. The meetings start at 7:00pm, with members arriving around 6:30 to turn in projects, look through the library and visit with friends. Guests are encouraged (there is a $5.00 guest entry fee). We have nationally known speakers who bring their quilts to exhibit. The guild has a fantastic quilt show every other March. Our next show is March 11 & 12, 2011 at the Robarts Arena.

Our 300 members participate in many “good deeds”. In 2009, 652 small quilts were donated to the Neonatal Unit at Sarasota Memorial Hospital, and as of September we have collected over 450 more. Over 450 Christmas stockings given to EveryChild, Inc. to be filled and distributed at the Orange Avenue and Janie Poe holiday events Table runners, pillow cases and quilts are donated for the Habitat For Humanity new homes.

Ellen Simon, our Education Vice President started a new project for 2010. We are making throw size quilts for cancer patients at Sarasota Memorial Hospital. The producer of “A Gulf Coast Journal” on WEDU heard about the quilts and featured us in one of the segments of the September show. You can view it at: http://www.wedu.org/agcj/ or http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1529573314?bclid=1532914250&bctid=620943873001.

Our guild was established in 1984. We recently became a 501 (C) (3) Charitable organization. Our members range from very beginners to national award winners. We have traditional quilters and cutting edge artists. For more information, our website is www.friendshipknotquiltersguild.com. Dawn Moore

PS – The Cancer Support Community (formerly The Wellness Community) recognizes the benefits of quilting in their Mind-Body-Spirit programs. Join the Crafter’s Circle Mondays between 10 and noon for needlework as a path to de-stress and socialize.

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