Delicate Stitchers need no excuse to practice their craft – winter
or summer. This group of 30 women is probably one of the
more active clubs in town.
Unlike traditional and old-fashioned quilting bees, the Delicate Stitchers
use their monthly meetings to exchange ideas, information and brainstorm
their next project. Work parties (or workshops) are scheduled for another
time, and classes are conducted regularly on top of that. With such a
routine, these talented crafts women are likely to get together several
times in a month.
“Over the last eight years some of the people have changed, but the number
of people who meet has remained constant,” said this year’s club
president, Bonnie Crysdale. “We have quite a sense of community.”
Delicate Stitchers are a non-profit in the purist sense. The group is
not large enough to have official non-profit status, their dues are minimal
and many of their projects are for the benefit of community organizations.
Last month the group raffled a quilt that earned about $500 each for
the Infant Through Youth Foundation and the Humane Society. Annually,
the group makes and donates quilted book bags for the Grand County Library
to give to newborns at Allen Memorial Hospital. They hang a show every
year at the Dan O'Laurie Museum of Moab, and they make quilts for kids
in crisis. In February, the Delicate Stitchers will do a demonstration
during the Western Stars Cowboys and Poets event at the Moab Arts and
Recreation Center, February 18th - 21st.
The Delicate Stitchers began about eight years ago at the fabric store
owned by Marian Holyoak. Sandra Starley, still an active member, was
the group’s first president. Bonnie points out that quilting encompasses “so
much more” than making a quilt with colored squares. To many, it’s
“Quilting is a multi-billion dollar industry,” she said. “At
last year’s quilting convention in Houston there were 25,000 people present.
Our group approaches it as an art.”
each regular meeting a member or visitor usually conducts a program,
introducing a new technique or challenging the group to bring in its
own material and “UFOs,” or UnFinished Projects. There, the
project is discussed and a workshop date set. Someone else may offer
to do a class on a particular skill.
“Tonight we’ve been asked to bring a Ziploc bag of squares. We will
trade bags and make a 20x20-inch quilt. We don’t know who we are making
it for,” Bonnie said.
Bonnie moved to Moab from Denver three years ago. In Denver she participated
in a couple of quilting clubs, she said. Although she has sewn most of
her life, Bonnie is relatively new to quilting. Her interest was sparked
by a book titled, “Quilting for people who don’t have time
to quilt,” which ultimately set Bonnie on a course to find the
In Moab, and as the new president of Delicate Stitchers, Bonnie wants
to build a library of quilting books and magazines and continue to offer
classes to members and others. The Delicate Stitchers publishes a newsletter
every month and invites visitors and newcomers to its regular monthly
Meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month at the Moab Arts
and Recreation Center, 7 p.m. Workshops are held at the Senior Center.
More information is available by attending the meeting or this month’s
demonstration at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center, where Delicate
Stitcher Tommy Maddock will display her exquisite Cowboy Boot quilt.