Gladys Battson, left, speaks about her antique quilt collection to a crowd gathered Tuesday at Sunset Meadows I, while Linda Pinnt holds one of the quilts. Battson gave her demonstration at the first meeting of the Craig Quilt Guild, a new group for people who enjoy quilting.

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Gladys Battson, left, speaks about her antique quilt collection to a crowd gathered Tuesday at Sunset Meadows I, while Linda Pinnt holds one of the quilts. Battson gave her demonstration at the first meeting of the Craig Quilt Guild, a new group for people who enjoy quilting.

Artists use quilting as creative outlet

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Craig Quilt Guild meetings

  • Tuesday, February 17, 2009, 6:30 p.m.
  • Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford, 595 Ledford, Caig, CO
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Linda Pinnt holds up examples for the Craig Quilt Guild block Tuesday at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St. Members of the new club were encouraged to design their own block and bring them to February's meeting. The guild meets at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of each month in the cafeteria at Sunset Meadows I.

A "sanity saving" hobby, and the eventual formation of a new community group, was born in 1991 from Craig resident Linda Pinnt's surprise discovery at the home of her late mother.

It was there, boxed in trunks underneath the stairs at Pearl Preece's ranch home, that Pinnt found her mother's "stash." That is, her mother's quilt kit - a collection of fabrics and quilts she began, but never finished, during the years.

"I found these beautiful tops (of quilts) she had, and I was just completely stunned," Pinnt said. "I had no idea."

On that day, Pinnt made a decision: She would finish the quilts her mother had started.

After her mother died, Pinnt learned to quilt. The hobby quickly grew on her, and now it's one of her passions.

"My mother is the cause of all this," said Pinnt, a quilting instructor at Colorado Northwestern Community College and founder of the first-year nonprofit Craig Quilt Guild. "I didn't know she quilted until she passed away."

"I can't really explain it," she said. "Something just clicked, and I just decided this is something I wanted to do. : I just love it. It saves my sanity."

"I guess it's the artist in everybody, in a way. Why does an oil painter paint? Because he loves it. : It's the same thing. Some artists see a sunset and imagine it on canvas. I imagine it on fabric instead of canvas."

Pinnt began teaching at CNCC in December 2007. In that time, she fielded numerous inquiries from people interested in starting a guild, or quilting club.

In November 2008, Pinnt decided to make the leap.

"I called 10 ladies who had all asked me more than once," Pinnt said.

That original 10 hosted organizational meetings at the end of last year and launched the Craig Quilt Guild, which hosted its first official meeting Tuesday night at Sunset Meadows.

The group's mission is to "promote education, inspire and create friendship between people who love quilts."

The membership consists of 10 people - although the group is hoping to expand to about 30 - and is open to anyone, of any age or skill level.

"It's open to anyone who loves quilting, or any phase of quilting," Pinnt said. "From beginner to advanced, we don't care."

The group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month inside the cafeteria at Sunset Meadows I, 633 Ledford St.

Its officers are: Sasha Nelson, president; Pinnt, vice president; Cindy Jones, treasurer; and Jean Jones, secretary.

Each month, the group hears an educational presentation about quilting.

The presenter at Tuesday's inaugural meeting was Gladys Battson, a Slater resident and founding Quilt Guild member. Her topic was caring for and collecting antique or vintage quilts, along with an overview on quilting in during the Civil War era and Great Depression.

That Tuesday was a day for inaugurals wasn't lost on Battson.

"It's a wonderful time," she said smiling, "to start something new."

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