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Quilters demonstrate their crafts at Seedtime Festival




QUILTERS FROM THE ERMINE CENTER demonstrated their craft at the Seedtime Festival.

QUILTERS FROM THE ERMINE CENTER demonstrated their craft at the Seedtime Festival.

This is news from the Ermine Senior Citizens Center.

Hello again. The Ermine quilting ladies had an enjoyable day at the Seedtime Festival this past Saturday. They were invited to the 21st annual Seedtime Festival and demonstrated their God-given gift of quilting to the public. Attending were Helen Bentley, Rhuford and Coleene Hart, Joy Pease, Margaret Pease, Vina Lucas, Mabel Absher, Josephine Spangler, Gracie Wynn, Dorothy York, Judith Vermillion, and Ermine sitemanager Angie Phipps. Quilts on display in the Appalshop gallery were Vina Lucas’s Nine Diamond, Judith Vermillion’s Pussy Willow baby quilt made in the 1950’s, Coleene Hart’s Cathedral Window, Normia Toler’s Butterfly, and Gracie Wynn’s Dresden Plate. The quilters met so many people that day asking questions about their art and talent.

We watched “Quilting Women”, a film made in 1976 by Elizabeth Barret here in Letcher County. The film traces the process of traditional Appalachian quilt making. After the viewing, the audience had an open discussion about the old patterns, the patience required in quilting, and where the ladies see quilting going in the future.

AT THE FESTIVAL -  Dorothy York of Thornton, visited the Seedtime Festival with her two nieces, Patsy and Betty.

AT THE FESTIVAL – Dorothy York of Thornton, visited the Seedtime Festival with her two nieces, Patsy and Betty.

The Ermine ladies were happy to answer all their questions and were enthused to share their memories of quilting and what quilting has meant to them. If you have a grandmother, mother, or know of someone who quilts, take the time and sit down and let them teach you the process of quilting. Listen to their stories of how they started and why they love it so much. If you don’t ever receive the gift of quilting, you will gain memories from that person you will never forget.

You can see hand quilting Tuesday to Friday at the Ermine center, or if you have any questions about quilting, stop in and chat with our quilting ladies.

Thanks to Bethany for all the extra work, effort and time she put in to make sure our ladies had such a wonderful day. They all experienced a highly exceptional day. Thanks, Appalshop, for a great festival.

Also on Saturday, Debbie Slone and Christine Bolling of the Ermine center worked Kids’ Day in McRoberts. They provided a shuttle bus service for the event. We hope the kids had a wonderful day at Kids’ Day.

Evelyn Caudill and Vina Lucas have been missed at Ermine. We know they both had a great week because their daughters had come home for a week’s visit.

Please remember the following in your prayers: Louise Brown, Donald Brown, Eva Sexton, Jenetta Cook, Normia Toler, Joy Pease and family, Ralph Collier, Betty Combs, George Fields, Monroe Pack, Paul Hampton, Georgia Stallard, Arizona Williams, Minnie Craft, Pauline Adams, Pauline Mason, Jack Blair, Opal Mason, Debbie Meade, Hattie Mason, Sue Bates, Mable Cornett, June Kincer, Anita Pigman, Sam West, Jim Craft, Etta “Babydoll” Long, all seniors and staff. Our sympathies go out to Yvonne Hammock on the death of her brother in Indiana.

We would like to thank Pikeville Medical Inpatient Physical Rehabilitation Hospital for providing a fantastic presentation on its services. The Ermine seniors have gone on for days how pleasantly informative the visit was. They brought handout pamphlets to everyone and door prizes, demonstrated exercises, and discussed the full range of services offered, common rehabilitation diagnoses, how patients are referred, and who they serve. They also surprised the Ermine seniors with a beautiful cake that was shared with everyone. Thank you again, Fran Thacker, case coordinator, for a superb day.

Upcoming activities and events are Wednesday, guest speaker Ann Bradley from the Letcher County Cooperative Extension Service; Thursday, Letcher County Health Department blood pressure clinic; and Friday, Father’s Day ice cream party (all the toppings). Don’t forget Sunday, June 17, is Father’s Day.

Until next time, pray for us and we will pray for you. Love and prayers.

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