You may think of quilting as a lost art — something your great grandmother did that nobody knows how to do anymore. In fact, quilting is alive and well right here in Ellis County, and quilters, as a group, are actively interested in sharing the craft. To get started yourself, plug into a local group. Quilters meet in groups called “bees,” “guilds,” and “retreats.”
"Bees" meet regularly, sometimes as often as once a week, to work on mutual projects or to work on projects of their own. They often meet in someone's home, or in an available room at a church. For instance, one bee meets at 9 a.m. on Tuesday mornings in a classroom near the office at Waxahachie Bible Church on Solon Road. They work on everything from things to donate for charities to quilted bags, purses and wallets, sharing patterns, tips, tricks, and fun. For more information about quilting bees, click here to access the “Stitched in Color” website. CLICK HERE
"Guilds" generally meet once a month and have moderate membership fees that help to fund programming. At a typical guild meeting, not only will you have a chance to meet and greet other quilters, but you will also hear a speaker who will describe a new or interesting technique, advise how to solve a common problem, or inspire with beautiful quilt projects they have done. Guild meetings also include "show and tell" where quilters of all skill levels have an opportunity to show off their latest accomplishments. Two guilds meet in Ellis County. The Creative Quilters Guild of Ellis County meets at Waxahachie Bible Church on the 4th Monday of every month at 6:30 p.m. Click here for more information on the Creative Quilters Guild. https://elliscountyquilters.com/ Bluebonnet Patches meets at 9:30 a.m. on the first Wednesday of every month at the Presbyterian Church across from the Ennis Post Office. The group is a spinoff of the Dallas Quilt Guild. Click here for more information. CLICK HERE
"Retreats" are miniature vacations dedicated to quilting. Quilters gather at sometimes remote locations to eat, sleep, and quilt. Retreats are often organized by local guilds, and quilters of all skill levels are welcomed with open arms. So, as you can see, if you want to become a quilter, there is plenty of opportunity right here in Ellis County. I'll warn you, though -- it's a highly addictive hobby!
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