Whitesburg KY

Folks trying to keep up with summer


Greetings from Eolia and Eolia Christian Community Outreach.

“In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips is wise.” Proverbs 10:19.

The folks at ECCO have been busy playing catch-up. Actually I think it’s more like trying to keep up or stay ahead. Summer is a busy time for everyone with vacations, children out of school, gardens to tend and all that grass to cut.

As we were making food boxes, Liz and Rod Sturgill dropped by with grandson Jordan and pitched right in and helped. With their help we were able to make nearly all the boxes needed for pantry day.

The following was sent to me by Marie Coleman from the Arlie Boggs Family Resource Center. It’s an interesting article written by Judy Sizemore, writer/arts consultant with the Mountain Arts Center located at Prestonsburg.

“Every summer the Mountain Arts Center presents in its lobby a quilts display featuring the heirlooms and handiwork of regional quilters. This year, the Mountain Arts Center is proud to display quilts from several distinguished women of eastern Kentucky to honor this tradition of our culture.

“These quilters include: Ruth Ann Iwanski, Debra Burke, Fran Damron, Sharon Barnett, Betty Lemaster, Virginia Artrip, Jo Teaford, Franceen Crum, Charlotte Goble, Brenda Salyer and David Appalachian Crafts.

“It was once part of every woman’s basic education, as essential as breaking bread, spinning, weaving and raising children. A utilitarian skill that once produced clothing, home decorations, and bedding, quilting has survived and is practiced today as both art form and decorative choice. But it hasn’t always been that way.

“In the hills of eastern Kentucky work was hard and the cold winter winds made it necessary to have covers to warm the nights. Every bed was graced by a quilt, layers of fabric and padding joined by hand stitches. Some quilts were made from tiny pieces of fabric cut from the best of a worn-out shirt or from the colorful print fabrics of feed sacks.

“More robust quilts made from worn-out jeans or maybe a ‘hand-medown’ coat cut in long, wide strips sewn together with a treadle sewing machine; a true patchwork padded with old blankets and lined with flannel, made for durability.

“Quilts weren’t always created with tiny rows of stitches, some were tacked; a process of alternating a very large stitch with a small one. The large ones were cut in the middle and two ends tied together over the small stitch to keep them from pulling out. Threads used in tacking were much heavier than those used for hand quilting; the colors were vivid, sometimes variegated and added a bit of flair to other wise drab fabrics.

“Today, quilts, whether hand sown or tacked, are treasured as family heirlooms.”

I have a sense of pride about living in the mountains when someone writes such a lovely article giving credit to our mothers and grandmothers for contributing to the world of art by making a beautiful quilt simply to help survive the winter.

I will leave you with this thought for the day: “I regret often that I have spoken; never that I have been silent.”

Community Bulletin Board: Gospel Singing in the Park, Eolia Community Park, Aug. 8, beginning at 12 p.m. Free admission, all are welcome. Bible study each Monday at ECCO at 7 p.m. Kid’s Time each Friday 10- 11:15 a.m. at ECCO, Good News Club each Wednesday 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Eolia Mission for children 3 and up — call 633-5015 for transportation. Cumberland River Volunteer Fire Department meets at 11 a.m. the second Sunday of each month at the Partridge station — volunteers welcome. Partridge Lions Club meets at 6:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of each month at the Ovenfork Senior Citizen Center, come and bring a guest. Eolia Community Park meets the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at ECCO — all are welcome.

This week our prayer list include: Malla Addington, Don Brown, Bear Hissom, Roger Shelton, Linda Sturgill, Jewell Maggard, Seth Collins, Raymond Kiser, Ralph Nease, Stephanie Estep, Judy Branham, Jean Hampton, Lillian and Nora Walker, Kess “Rusty” Halcomb, Ruth Halcomb, Olivia Blair, Jack and Marie Snell, Dorothy Nease, Helen Chapman and Brenda Gross.

Also to be lifted up in prayer are those enslaved by drugs and alcohol, may they be delivered, the troops in Iraq, the United States and Iraq, our president and the leaders of our country, all the children hurt by war, and the ministry of ECCO. Our address is ECCO, 135, Emily Lane, Eolia, Ky. 40826.

Until next week from the folks at ECCO, “God bless.”

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