The Central Kansas Thread Benders began in 1983 and are still going strong. One of the enjoyable things about the CKTB involves learning new skills. On a recent Friday, the guild sponsored a workshop to learn how to sew a “stained glass” quilt, presented by David and Teresa Duwe from Derby.
In today’s quilt world, there is always easier and more accurate ways to sew, member Mary Ann June said. The lesson was lively and before the morning workshop was over, most of the members had their first quilt block completed.
The purpose of CKTB is to advance the arts of quilt making, but another resolve is to serve the community, June said. “Our members make quilts to give to families whose homes are destroyed by tornado or fire, these are known as TLC quilts. The CKTB gave away 33 this year. Members know the comfort that a quilt gives, especially after the tornado this spring.”
A person does not have to be a member of the Quilt Guild to sew for Quilts of Valor, but many members participate in this worthy cause. These quilts are presented to area veterans as an appreciation for their service.
Last year, members made denim quilts for kindergartners in Great Bend so the children would have a warm blanket while at school. The group also helped Clara Barton Hospital by making walker bags. These bags fit on the front of a walker to hold items that people need to carry.
Members have volunteered to help the 4-H kids with one-on-one instruction, when the Barton County Extension had beginner sewing classes. It is great to see kids wanting to learn to sew.
The Thread Benders meet the third Friday of each month, from 1-3 p.m. Guests are welcome to visit two meetings and then are asked to join and pay dues of $15 a year. The location of the meeting will be changing soon, so for more information or to visit, please call Mary Ann June, 792-6104, or Judy Burnette, 793-6766.