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October 17, 2009

Guild patches together its annual quilt show

The weather has been unseasonably cool and rainy this fall, but it’s perfect for snuggling up in a favorite quilt.

The McAlester-based Kiamichi Quilt Guild will be hosting its annual quilt show on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church, located on Third Street and Washington Avenue.

Started in 1986 by a group of six ladies, the Kiamichi Quilt Guild now boasts approximately 100 quilters, both male and female.

“Our members come from McAlester and the surrounding areas,” said member and veteran quilter Vonnie Hudson. “We have one member that comes from Shawnee, and another that used to live here but now lives in Texas, but still comes to the meetings.

“We teach some techniques, share patterns, and we plan and discuss the various community activities we do,” Hudson said. “We’re active in the community. We just donated four quilts to four members of the military that were visiting the base,” she said. “We’ve helped the Boys and Girls Club, teaching them quilting, and we have a similar activity planned with the schools in November.”

And, of course, there are the quilt shows.

Upwards of 90 quilters have quilts in this year’s show, the annual fundraiser that covers the rent for the second Thursday of the month meetings held on the old McAlester High School building’s third floor. This year’s entries include an extended age range, the youngest is 10 and it goes up to at least 84, with two male participants, Marvin Francis, who is a quilter, and Rick Mossman, a piecer.

“Before he made his first quilt, he’d never touched a sewing machine,” said Mossman’s wife, Elmira. “He just started quilting two and a half years ago. He was 82.”

Elmira Mossman and her daughter, Vonnie Hudson, were at a quilt show and decided Rick Mossman needed a job.

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