The January meeting of the Lake Oconee Quilt Guild showcased four members. Rita Baker inherited her mother’s talent for sewing anything. She has made clothes many years and added quilts eight to nine years ago. She has one regret — that she did not learn more from her mother when she had the opportunity.

Rita stressed to all, “If you have a talent, pass it on.”

Judy and Frank Lawton are a dynamic duo that has been sharing a sewing room since 2003 and are still in love. Judy started making crochet blankets in 1999 but switched to machine quilts after hand surgery. She is the coordinator for the Middle Georgia Area Chapter of Project Linus. From August 1999 to December 31, 2008, more than $10,000 blankets have been given to comfort children suffering from illness, injury or family trauma. Blankets are distributed throughout Greene, Jasper, Morgan, Putnam and Clarke counties.

Frank started quilting after accompanying Judy to a quilt conference in 2003. A challenge and fabric containing race cars got him hooked. He enjoys making quilts with manly themes like sports teams and deer prints. These are appreciated by teenage boys who receive the quilts through Project Linus. Frank is the guild’s only male member and he does not mind one bit.

Mary Kay Moulton was the final speaker. Her work is well know and respected by all members. As a child she loved her Barbie Doll and as an adult she created a “Barbie Quilt.” It is a collection of fabric created Barbie Dolls dressed in vintage Barbie clothes, with accessories. The delicate details and tiny scale leave viewers in awe of Mary Kay’s skill and creativity. Most recently she has been working on a new quilting technique that will be published in the near future.

The guild’s Feb. 3 program will be QUILTO (BINGO for quilters). The cards contain quilt related items instead of numbers but the rules are the same as BINGO. There will be quilting related prizes and lots of fun. Visitors are encouraged. There is a $3 fee for non-members.

LOQG meets the first Tuesday of each month except July and August at Lake Oconee Lutheran Church behind the Harmony Association Building on Highway 44. Coffee is available at 9:30 and the program begins at 10. Everyone attending is asked to bring one or two canned goods to donate to the local food pantries.

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