By TIFFANY RONEY
When a band of quilters gather together, the group sounds something like, “Ooh,” “Aah” and “Haha.”
Members of End of the Trail Quilt Guild, a local quilter’s group, shared admiration and laughter as they showed quilts and told stories at their monthly meeting Tuesday night.
Christina Bloom, member of End of the Trail Quilt Guild and president of Junction City’s Sunflower Quilt Guild, showed a blue, black and white quilt. The quilt’s fabrics were supplied by the trash of a woman named Kate.
“They were going to throw away these scraps,” Bloom said. A collective gasp arose from the audience. “I’m not really a hoarder but I like the idea of using someone else’s garbage.”
Bloom said she plans to give the quilt to Department of Children and Families for children in foster care.
Nancy Boyd, member of the local guild, showed a queen-size quilt with hearts and bows and multiple-sized blocks and borders. Boyd said she saw a picture of a similar quilt in a magazine and decided to try making it.
“Did you use a pattern?” a guild member asked from an audience.
Boyd replied that she does not do much with patterns. She simply eyes the design and gets to work.
The result received approval from members of the guild, many of whom work almost solely from patterns.
Sherry Osland, owner of Praise Works, presented the evening’s program. Osland showed a few of her quilts and shared true stories from her book, “Quilts that Redeem: Seeing God’s Hand at Work.”
Osland said the definition of “redeem” is, “to recover, to make amends, to restore and quite possibly to fulfill a promise.”
“It’s sad that a difficult situation had to happen that you had to be redeemed from or redeemed through, depending on the context, but that’s what happened with these quilts,” Osland said.
One story revolved around a woman Osland met through her husband, Rod, master trooper for Kansas Highway Patrol. Rod came home from work one day and told Sherry about a car accident he visited where a woman’s teenage daughter died. Sherry decided to sew a quilt for the woman. When the quilt was finished, Sherry called the woman and asked to come over and give her the quilt. Sherry and Rod came, but the woman did not show up to her door.
They rescheduled, and again, something came up and the woman was not home.
“I was starting to feel like a pest,” Sherry said.
Nevertheless, she rescheduled for another quilt drop-off visit. The third time, when Sherry and Rod arrived at the woman’s house, the driveway was filled with vehicles.
“It looks like they have a lot of company; maybe we should come back another time,” Sherry told Rod.
However, she did not want to put off gifting the quilt. When she knocked on the door, the woman invited them in. The house was filled with the woman’s friends and relatives. Rod quickly befriended their dog, and Sherry slipped over to the woman and handed her the quilt.
The woman said one thing in response: “Today would have been my daughter’s 16th birthday.”
Sherry told the audience she believed God set up the timing perfectly.
The guild’s next meeting is 7 p.m., Sept. 24 at First Presbyterian Church, 1400 N. Cedar St. The theme will be Quilts of the Civil War.