Once a week two groups of needleworkers come together to mingle and share their latest projects with other members of the Pieceful Hearts Quilting Guild.
The group was founded in 1988 by Ille Waters, who owned a quilting shop in North Augusta. There were 33 members at the time and it has grown to about 110, said member Judy Berry.
Two sessions are held weekly at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church.
The Monday session from 7 to 9 p.m. is for those who work and cannot attend during the day, and the Thursday morning meeting, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., has many senior citizens.
"The seniors in the morning group don't like to haul a lot of equipment with them, so some of them bring handwork," Berry said, adding that it might be hand quilting, appliqué, knitting or an embroidery piece. Some members do bring their machines and quilt.
During the year they have workshops and seminars taught by professional quilters. Members also take trips to quilt shows and workshops that are in the area.
“Every odd year we have a quilt show … we are already starting to make plans for 2013 but we don’t know yet where it will be,” she said. Past shows have been held at Riverview Park Activity Center.
While members work on individual projects, the group also works together each year on a quilt that is a fundraiser for Camp Rainbow in Rutledge, Ga. Donation tickets are sold and 80 percent of the profit is donated to the camp, which is for children with cancer and other childhood diseases, Berry said. The other 20 percent is used to begin the next quilt.
Some members also make lap quilts for the Ronald McDonald House, and some make cancer caps as well.
Novices are invited to join.
“We’ve had some ladies join recently that are beginners,” she said. “They never knew how to quilt and we kind of take them under our wing and teach them the basics.”
She said many quilters in the group have taught her a lot in the six years she has been a member.
Membership is $15 per year. For more information, call (803) 279-5994.