Youngsters are tied into junior quilt guild
The youth of today have interests in so many different areas, from the arts, to sports, to (not to forget) quilting. Starting with only eight members, the Pine Tree Quilt Guild1s Junior Division has grown over the last few years to 32 members ranging from ages 10 to 18.
3These kids are amazing,² says the head of the division, Sharron Koslosky, 3I just love to work with them.²
Every third Saturday of the month the quilters meet and sew together.
3You get to have fun sewing, and talk and learn while you do it,² says Elizabeth Christopherson, age 12.
Each member must bring their own sewing machine. They make a square a month and after quite a few months, they put the squares together and finish their own personal quilts.
Much of the quilting centers on family values.
3I get to do it with my grandma,² says Lindsey Lamoly, who has been quilting for one year.
Many of the youth started by the instruction from their grandmas, mothers, and even fathers. Every youth who enters the guild must have a sponsor adult.
3I do it to help my kids, I mean I1m learning myself,² says Carole Lee, a sponsor.
The quilters are of all different levels and many have started at the guild itself. One of the members of the guild, Leeann Richey, a local home-schooler, won best of show at the Pine Tree Quilt Show, including all adult participants. She has been sowing for ten years. Described as 3incredible² by other members of the guild, she has influenced her family to sew, including her brother Matthew Richey.
Another member Naomi Cook, age twelve, started at age 10 and has already won blue ribbons at the Nevada County Fair. She is home-schooled, and does much quilting for community service like other members of the guild, such as quilts for nursing homes, or people that have lost their homes. Even her sister quilts.
3She1s like a prodigy of quilting,² says Koslosky.
All of this work has been combined to make a quilt, whose squares were made by the members of the junior guild, to be raffled off March 15th. The quilt, entitled 3Houses for Sale², had fabric donated by Bunny Spears and was quilted by Lynette Turner. Tickets are $1 a piece, 6 for $5, or 13 for $10. The money will go to help the guild buy sewing machines, books on learning to quilt, and other items the guild needs to help their members.
For information regarding the raffle or the Pine Tree Quilt Guild Junior Division contact Sharon Koslosky at (530) 271-1141.
Zach Zyskowski, 15, is a junior at Nevada Union High School.
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