Day agrees. "Quilting is relaxing. It's creative. And it stays done — unlike washing dishes and mopping floors. This group totally satisfies my passion for making things."
The group was started in 1992, when Day was a local LDS ward Relief Society president. "We did some quilts for charity, and I loved being with those women, but it eliminated some of the others in the neighborhood, so we decided to start an independent quilting group. We started with nine members, and we met once a month. That lasted for one month, and we decided to meet twice a month. That lasted for another month, and we started meeting once a week. We've done that ever since."
They call their luncheon "the best lunch in town. Its always potluck and always fabulous. We've even had a couple of cookbooks come out of it," she says.
They occasionally bring in designers and other teachers and often go on quilting retreats with each other.
When Flamm was asked to join, "I thought, how can we meet every week? But my youngest child had just entered kindergarten, so it was a good time in my life." She's hardly missed a week since. "It has really enriched my life," she says.
It took Peterson a while to get involved, too. "My sister tried for two years to convince me to join. I finally came to one meeting, and went right out and bought a new sewing machine."
She couldn't ask for a better group to be with, she says. "We share joys and problems. We've been there for each other, as members have gone through illnesses and the death of spouses. We ooh and aah over each other's work."
A quilt that Coltin is finishing for the show is an exchange quilt, where each block was made by a different member of the group. Called "Friends and Flowers," each block shares a bit of wisdom as well as a floral design. "Perfect's good enough," says one. "Each new day brings another reason to quilt," says another. And, "The angels in our lives are our friends." In many ways, the quilt captures the essence of Gone to Pieces.
"It's all about quilting," Peterson says, "but it's even more about friendship."
Gone to Pieces Quilt Show
Where: 2520 Walker Lane
When: Sept. 25, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
How much: $5, at the door. Proceeds go to The Road Home
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