By ANDY GOODELL
The Oskaloosa Herald
If there’s one thing they know, it’s quilts.
The Mahaska Stitch & Quilt Guild are hosting a quilt display at the Penn Central Mall through this Saturday.
“We’re having a ball,” said Eileen Holub, a founding member of the Mahaska Stitch & Quilt Guild. “To be able to make our quilts and show our quilts is what we do the best.”
Betty Hizer, of the Mahaska Stitch & Quilt Guild, said this year is the first time the quilt show has been held at Penn Central Mall. They’ve also had shows during Oskaloosa’s Art on the Square, said Hizer.
Around 100 quilts of all kinds were on display at the mall beginning at 10 a.m. Thursday. The display will go on through Saturday at Penn Central Mall.
Many, but not all, of the quilts on display were made by 22 Mahaska Stitch & Guild members.
Junior members of the guild will participate in the show. Hizer said they would be demonstrating the coloring aspect of quilting.
“In order to promote our craft, we have to get young people involved,” Hizer explained. She also noted that it’s fun to involve young people in the guild.
Hizer herself will be demonstrating her hand and “crazy” quilting, as well. Guild founding member Eileen Holub will also be doing demonstrations, said Hizer.
Being involved with the Mahaska Stitch & Quilt Guild is a “journey,” said Hizer. She said different members are at different places on this journey and that the guild is a good social avenue for group members.
“It’s much bigger than just grandma sitting in a corner and it’s a lot more fun,” said Hizer. “I’ve never been with a more accepting group of people.”
The Mahaska Stitch & Quilt Guild is a non-profit organization that strives to be involved in the community, said Hizer. The guild has donated quilts to Hospice and made a replica quilt for the Nelson Pioneer Farm. They’ve also done projects for Maple Ridge Assisted Living and Habitat for Humanity, added Hizer.
Right now, the guild is working on a place mat project for Meals on Wheels, Hizer said.
Among the quilts on display are those that are made with breast cancer awareness in mind, noted Holub.
“Of course, cancer is something we definitely want to find a cure for,” Holub said.
Herald City Editor Andy Goodell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.