PC Community Quilters represent community with log cabin quilt

        The Pendleton County Community Quilters met at Country Patchwork for their first sewing session on Monday, November 12. Seventeen middle school students and a high schooler quickly assembled dozens of blocks for a log cabin quilt.
        Stacey Myers, employee of Country Patchwork, picked out the pattern. “We needed something that is easy to shape and to piece,” she explained. “The log cabin is built from squares and rectangles, so it is a simpler pattern for beginners. It works great to work the family names in, too, because you can include the names in the center and on the surrounding pieces of each square.”
        The pattern is perfect to symbolize the goal, as well. Michelle Lustenberg hopes that the quilt will represent the community, its past and its present. The pattern has long symbolized the idea of home. The center is traditionally red, so the teens were required to include red in each of their blocks, but they could be creative in how they did so. .
        Sarah Hart of the Country Patchwork commented on the ease at which the kids caught on. “We started with five minutes of sewing instruction. That was it.”
 .    The quilt’s final dimensions are currently unknown. Lustenberg chuckles that the quilt is being assembled by “the Henry Ford method.” Students who feel comfortable assembling the log-cabin styled blocks have made several. Those who were less comfortable have other responsibilities such as ironing the completed blocks to prepare them for assembly by Country Patchwork. The teens have chosen how the blocks will be assembled. Once the blocks are assembled, the final touch will be a crazy-quilt design that will hopefully include material from something worn or used by Pendleton County residents, present or past
        The adults, while active in the process, are teaching the kids responsibility. Myers makes that clear. “The kids are earning everything. They are selling blocks. They are making the quilt, and they are paying the cost of the quilt—the quilting and the fabric and everything that they use in the process.”
        The money will come from selling blocks to families in the county, from donations, and from the final sale of the quilt itself. The money earned will go toward the purchase of sewing machines for the schools’ arts departments so that sewing projects can be completed for theater productions and other projects.
        The work isn’t only paying off for the group, however; Cindy Brown of Country Patchwork says that the kids will have a special surprise waiting for them when they return in Jan!
        If you are interested in adding a family name or memento to the quilt, please contact Michelle Lustenberg at michelle.lustenberg@pendleton.kyschools.us.