Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Q&A with Dot Butler; Quilters' Works Are 'Made with Love'

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Q&A with Dot Butler; Quilters' Works Are 'Made with Love'

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Byline: SANDY STRICKLAND

The old-fashioned quilting bee is prospering in modern-day Jacksonville, offering comfort, warmth, homespun beauty and a decorative touch. To many crafters, this bit of Americana is also an art form with some quilts so artistic that they could be mistaken for photographs.

Dot Butler, president of the All Star Quilters Guild in Mandarin, talked about the art of quilting.

What attracted you to quilting?

When I was younger, I sewed clothes and other items. My grandmother taught me how to sew. When I finally retired (as officer manager of Buddy Hutchinson Pontiac), I was looking for an outlet. I've always loved quilts and thought I would try my hand at it. I started teaching myself and then discovered the quilting club and the classes it offered. I've taken lots and lots of classes and discovered lots of things. There's always something new to learn.

What are some of the ways in which quilts are used.

They're used as wall hangings, pictures, bed covers and even special-event gifts, such as signature quilts that guests sign at weddings.

Do we still see the traditional patchwork quilt?

It's still very, very popular.

What do quilts mean to people?

They are beautiful. They are always made with love and given to relatives, friends and our community. All of the guilds do a lot of community service projects.

What are some of those projects?

We make quilts for daniel, which is our biggest ongoing project. When a child comes in, they are given a quilt that they get to keep forever. We have made quilts for the Wounded Warrior project and for Safe Harbor Boys Home. We've made raffle quilts for the Donna [Deegan] Foundation.

Over the years, we do different things. We make quilts for the Clara White Mission. We support the Mandarin Food Bank with food drives. …

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