May 23, 2019
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Quilters invited to The Commons for weekly quilting sessions

Community Author: Sheila D Grant
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Sheila Grant | BDN
Sheila Grant | BDN

DOVER-FOXCROFT — Quilters of all experience levels are welcome to gather with The Adult Quilting Group, 1-3 p.m. Tuesdays, at The Commons at Central Hall. The group, facilitated by Cathy Flockton of Dover-Foxcroft and Roe O’Toole of Dexter, began in June, but, “it seems like every two weeks a new person shows up, and that’s fine. The more the merrier,” said O’Toole.

The group includes a mix of skill levels ranging from beginner to award winner. The Commons provides tables and coffee. Flockton and O’Toole arrive early to set up the downstairs activity room for quilting. Participants bring their own projects, cutting mats, and sewing machines — if they want to sew that day. Occasionally, someone brings a cake or other treat to share.

“This is just a group of quilters who get together and socialize and help each other out,” said O’Toole. “Everyone gets along really well and there’s a lot of interaction. We will stop what we are doing to help somebody else. We have some patterns we share with each other, and we help pick out colors because that’s a hard thing to do.”

Thus far, membership is free, but discussion is underway about a $10-15 annual fee to offset costs. Individuals dropping in only occasionally may be asked to pay a pro-rated amount. With eight-10 members, the group is able to meet downstairs, but a larger space is available upstairs and is accessible by elevator, if the group continues to grow.

Additionally, when sharing a pattern means creating a number of large copies that can’t be done on a common photocopier, members may be asked to pay for their copy so that the volunteer facilitators don’t have to absorb the cost. One such pattern is a pumpkin/fall table runner the group is interested in creating, O’Toole said.

For information about the Adult Quilting Group at the Commons at Central Hall, call O’Toole at 924-3660.