Story from the Effingham Daily News
A quilting club in Clay County is sewing up big numbers in the organization’s first year. The Effingham Daily News reports the Sew Nifty Sisterhood Quilt Guild started from a group of quilters who were traveling once a month to Olney. While members say they liked that group, they felt like there were enough interested in forming their own organization around Flora. According to the paper, President Beth Cooper says in addition to not having a group in Clay County, they recognized there wasn’t a guild in Wayne County either and thought they could potentially get some members from that region as well. They weren’t wrong.
The first official Sew Nifty Sisterhood meeting was in August of 2018. The ladies hold meetings once a month and a new quilting lesson is presented at each get together. Cooper says the practice is starting to hit the younger generation as well. While the oldest member is 80, the youngest member is 10. In fact there are 3 junior members of 10, 12, and 14 years of age.
In addition, the guild is constantly working on community service projects which is one of the assemblage’s main goals. Their first project was to make pillows for seat belts specifically for cancer patients who have a port. Following that, the guild went to making quilts for foster children due to the fact Foster says there are about 70 foster children in Clay and collar counties. A future project being planned is fidget quilts for Alzheimer patients.
The Sew Nifty Sisterhood Quilt Guild has almost 140 members on facebook. Their monthly meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 6:30pm at the First Christian Church in Flora.