Com­mu­nity Threads quilts com­mu­nity mem­o­ries

Com­mu­nity quilt­ing group takes do­na­tions of ma­te­ri­als from com­mu­nity to cre­ate quilt

Northern Berks Patriot Item - - RELIGION - By Ash­leigh Hughes Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Li­brary

Com­mu­nity Threads is seek­ing par­tic­i­pants to join their com­mu­nity quilt­ing group. They are also look­ing for do­na­tions from the com­mu­nity.

Com­mu­nity Threads is a group that has been meet­ing at the Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Li­brary since Jan­uary 2018. The goal is to cre­ate a 78”x 80” quilted col­lab­o­ra­tive art piece us­ing fab­ric and but­tons do­nated by the peo­ple of the com­mu­nity.

Do­na­tions with fam­ily ties and his­tory are sug­gested. For ex­am­ple, a tie worn to a wed­ding, an old prom dress, or fab­ric from an old apron can be used to cre­ate the el­e­ments of the quilt. Sew­ing in scraps of fab­ric that re­flect the his­tory of the re­gion and the peo­ple who live in it help con­nect the com­mu­nity.

M. Camille Ea­ton Romig, from Huffs Church, started the project to get close to those in the area. “I was try­ing to fig­ure out how to in­ter­act with the com­mu­nity. I wanted to show that the li­brary was a neu­tral space to make con­nec­tions through a quilt­ing project.”

Based on the “slow stitch” method of sew­ing, peo­ple who par­tic­i­pate take their time with each sec­tion of the quilt. “When your hands are busy, you can’t look at Face­book and Twit­ter. You waste a lot of time on things that aren’t im­por­tant,” com­mented Patt Mc­Closkey, a Kutz­town mem­ber of Com­mu­nity Threads.

“You solve a lot of prob­lems while sew­ing. Sit­ting down, sew­ing fab­ric, and con­cen­trat­ing on some­thing else helps the other prob­lems in your life get fig­ured out,” says Mar­cia Rymer, an­other mem­ber of Com­mu­nity Threads.

All ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els with sew­ing and quilt­ing are wel­come to at­tend meet­ings.

The de­sign of the quilt is based off the “dou­ble helix” found in DNA. “Every­one brings their own DNA and story with them,” Romig says.

The group is host­ing a speaker on May 2 from 6 to 8 p.m. Stacy Hort­ner will dis­cuss the role of stitch­ing in women’s lives in the 19th and early 20th cen­turies and show sam­ples of her tra­di­tional and con­tem­po­rary em­broi­dery and quilt­ing.

Com­mu­nity Threads is look­ing for do­na­tions of fab­ric and em­bel­lish­ments as well as more mem­bers to help con­trib­ute to the quilt. Mem­bers plan to reach out to lo­cal Girl Scout troops, nurs­ing homes, and other or­ga­ni­za­tions to pro­mote the project and en­cour­age more peo­ple to par­tic­i­pate and be­come part of the story. The group plans to dis­play the fin­ished quilt at the Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Li­brary, lo­cal schools, ro­tary clubs, and many more upon com­ple­tion.

This project is made pos­si­ble through the “Project Steam” grant pro­vided by Penn­syl­va­nia Part­ners in the Arts. Ad­di­tional money was given by the Berks Art Coun­cil.

Com­mu­nity Threads meets ev­ery Mon­day at 4:30 p.m. in the Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Li­brary. Check out the Com­mu­nity Threads Face­book Group for more in­for­ma­tion. The Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Li­brary is lo­cated at 70 Bieber Al­ley, Kutz­town.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Com­mu­nity Threads meets at the Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Li­brary ev­ery Mon­day. All ex­pe­ri­ence lev­els with sew­ing and quilt­ing are wel­come to at­tend meet­ings.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Com­mu­nity Threads cre­ates 78”x 80” quilted col­lab­o­ra­tive art pieces us­ing fab­ric and but­tons do­nated by the peo­ple of the com­mu­nity.

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