By Nancy Darby
My grandma quilted. Did yours? Her hands never stayed still. I still remember her sitting through the evening watching “Gunsmoke” and piecing her quilts. I never was interested in her craft until long after she was gone and I was well into my 40s. Now I have to teach myself. The internet tutorials are very helpful, but not like having Grandma there to show me.
Embroidery, that lovely colorful dresser scarf or tablecloth you have seen but never started. Oh, how pretty that will be… one day… Have you ever wondered how to crochet, and/or how that is different than knitting? Something I still don’t know. But perhaps you have always wanted to learn. Christmas is just a few months off and personal handmade gifts are always cherished Christmas gifts, if you only knew how to make them.
Maybe you already know how to but would like to bounce ideas off with a group. Do you have any UFPs (unfinished projects) sitting around your house? You just need a good reason to finish that half-done project. Maybe you would just like to have some good conversation while working on something new. Do you have a couple of hours to spare on Friday morning?
Come meet The Sisters. The Stitching Sisters that is. No one claims to be proficient enough to teach a skill but everyone is helpful enough to show you how to learn something new. Merthalynn crochets and loves to teach anyone how to begin or advanced types of crocheting. Annette always has her sewing machine handy and is working on a young man’s quilt top with a hunting motif. Gerri is a quilting aficionado and will help you cut or piece a quilt. Billie-Joe goes to quilt classes all around the area and brings back all the new ideas to share with everyone. Carol has the most beautiful embroidered tablecloth about 50 percent finished.
All ages are welcome and everyone loves to show the younger generation the skills they learned growing up. Bring your projects and your tools, including a sewing machine if you want to use one. The Stitching Sisters of Rutledge meet every Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Centennial Baptist Church in the fellowship hall area. They recommend you bring your own sack lunch and drinks. Contact Teresa at Centennial, 706-557-2120, if you have questions about joining the Sisters permanently, for one project or for someone to finish a project for you (UFP). Follow the sounds of laughter down the hall, you will find the right room. Centennial is located at the intersection of Centennial and Brownwood, in Rutledge.
Music in the Park The music of the Tim Cadiere Band will be heard around Rutledge on Friday evening, Aug. 30. We’re pleased to have Tim and his band members return to our stage to perform at the Gazebo in the City Park. This Labor Day weekend kick-off is also a dinner concert with fare from Yesterday’s Café and The Caboose. Seating begins at 6:30 p.m. with the concert beginning at 7 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs if you just want to enjoy the music. Bring all your friends too. See you there! (The rain date for the recent cancelled performance by David Clemens is Friday, Sept. 13. What a lucky day for us!)