By MATT CRANE
Members of the Golden Triangle Quilters Guild are looking to inspire other community members to join in on its enjoyable, textile art form.
Guild Vice President Luanne Blankenship said she has been with the guild for over four years since moving to Starkville.
"I've been quilting for many years," she said. "My grandmother was a quilter so I grew up with quilts. As an adult, I decided to take a class and learn how to do it."
On Saturday, the guild will host an open house from 10 a.m. to noon at the Starkville Sportsplex, and event Blankenship said will hopefully inform and inspire others in the community.
"We really want to let the community know that we're here because a lot of people don't know there are active guilds in town," she said. "We want to promote quilting as an art form and encourage others to take it up."
Blankenship said a quilt consists of three layers â€” top, batting and backing â€” and comes in a variety of sizes and require significant time commitments.
"A lot depends on the pattern and the intricacy, but it's a long process from beginning to end," she said. "But for those of us who do it, it's really all about the joy of seeing the pattern come together."
Blankenship said she and fellow guild members are drawn by appealing patterns and colors that reflect the individuality within the group.
"I'm always using blue in my quilts because it's a calming and happy color for me," she said. "Other people use bolder colors that I might be afraid to use, but I see them and it works. Even though we might use the same patterns, nothing ever looks very cookie cutter."
Blankenship said an encouraging aspect of the guild's meeting comes during their Sit and Sew gatherings on the second Saturday of every month.
"We always have a show and tell where members show off what they've been working on and it's always a pleasure to see the progress," she said. "We gain feedback and get encouragement about our work where we ask others what we should do, where our quilt should go and gain insightful suggestions."
Along with a quilt exhibit, the Saturday open house will feature several skill and technique demonstrations by Angela Pannell, Marilyn Wilson, Richard Vasek and Dot Livingston, who makes a quilt for each new homeowner at a Habitat for Humanity home.
Blankenship said the guild is open to all quilters no matter the skill level, and she hopes the community will rally around the art form and start getting involved.
"This is a great way to get into the art of quilting because we have all skill levels represented and we want to encourage other to stay with it and keep trying," she said. "It's a time and place for wonderful fellowship, encouragement and support."
For more information about the Golden Triangle Quilters Guild, call Luanne Blankenship at 662-323-7597.
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