The regular membership meeting of the Fairfield Glade Fantastic Quilt Guild will be Friday, Feb. 15, beginning at 9 a.m. at the FG Methodist Church Fellowship Hall (231 Westchester Dr.). There will be a short business meeting, followed by a program by guild member Sharon Nichols, who will present a trunk show featuring some of the quilts that she has made or collected over the past 35 years.
Nichols began “playing” at the sewing machine at the age of 10, making doll clothes and pot holders. Later, she made clothing for work and her family. It wasn’t until 1983 that she began quilting at the suggestion of her mother. Her first quilt was a queen-size sampler quilt that she hand-quilted. She hasn’t made any clothing since! Quilting became a way of personal expression; it fostered great friendships, and the finished quilt, no matter its size, always fit!
Nichols enjoys every facet of quilting and usually has several quilts in progress at one time. She loves traditional quilts and appreciates modern quilts as well. She loves to piece and needle turn appliqué. Some of the quilts she quilts herself, and others her checkbook quilts. Quilts hung and used throughout her home make it feel warm and inviting.
Before moving to Tennessee, a number of Sharon’s quilts won ribbons including Best of Show at her local guild quilt show in Illinois. She enjoys mentoring other quilters and sharing her love of this craft.
The guild meeting will also feature the ever popular Fat Quarters Drawing and the monthly show and tell.
The Fantastic Quilt Guild is a local group of 100 quilters who meet on the third Friday of the month at the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church to further the art of quilting through education, sharing, community outreach and social camaraderie. They have been meeting since 2002. New members and visitors are always welcome.