New Quilts by St. Andrew Quilters on view at the Carbondale Civic Center Corridor Gallery through May 8, 2015.
The Corridor Gallery is open Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm, and located at 200 S. Illinois Ave in Carbondale, IL.
In 1975, fifteen members of the St. Andrew Altar Society formed a committee dedicated to hand quilting, quilt piecing and crafts. The goals were to encourage and keep alive the arts of hand quilting and crafting, to enjoy the fellowship of women who had like interests and to provide a service to St. Andrew Parish and St. Andrew School.
Today ten to fifteen women, some from the original committee, still quilt on Monday and once a month on Saturday. The women hand quilt nine to ten quilts and piece up to fifty machine quilted quilts a year. Some volunteers embroider blocks and piece quilt tops at home or provide the group with fabric and supplies. Members of the parish give donations to help purchase supplies.
St. Andrew School holds a two day festival in early August. The ladies donate fifty machine quilted quilts to the school festival committee to be used as prizes during two days of quilt BINGO at the festival. The ladies also raffle two hand quilted quilts during the festival. All proceeds from these two events go to St. Andrew School. The quilts displayed in this exhibit are examples of the type and variety of quilts pieced, quilted and donated by the St. Andrew Quilters.