Byline: Rachel Baruch Yackley Daily Herald Correspondent
The Prairie Star Quilters Guild "is not a bunch of old ladies sitting around with a needle and thread," as member Vicki Lynch pointed out.
This quilting club, which was organized as a not-for-profit educational corporation in 1980, is open to quilters, or those who want to be one, from throughout the Tri-Cities area.
There are up to 600 active and non-active members.
"We don't turn anyone away," Lynch said. "Everyone is welcome: women, men, and young adults. We have a couple girls who are junior high age, who come with their grandma or their mom, and they do amazing work."
Because of the popularity of this club, two chapters were created to accommodate everyone: the evening chapter, which meets at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Monday of each month, and the morning chapter which meets at 9:30 a.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month.
Both chapters meet at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, located at 1145 N. Fifth Ave. (Route 25), in St. Charles.
Lynch, who owns St. Charles Closet, said, "There are a lot of different aspects to our meetings."
For example, a person recently taught painting on fabric to the group.
A range of quilt-related topics are covered at meetings, often through presentations by in-house or guest speakers. You can learn about free-motion quilting, hand-dyeing fabric, quilting techniques and more. Paula Golden will speak in October about how to save your spine with "Ergonomics for Quilters."
Members also gather for outings, including a "shop hop" to nine quilt shops in October, and quilting retreat in a log cabin in January of the coming year.
If you would like to dive right in, the next evening chapter meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Monday, and the morning chapter is at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
There is a $5 fee for nonmembers to attend meetings, which helps to pay for speakers. This fee is applied to the $25 annual membership dues if visitors decide to join the guild.
The Tuesday-morning chapter meeting is usually followed by lunch. At meetings which have been …