Quilting is an art form that has been around for centuries to not only exhibit a quilter’s talents but also serves a purpose in a home.

Patty Pruitt, of Radcliff, started quilting in 1994 after she moved to Kansas. In her first class they used cardboard templates, a pencil to mark the fabric and scissors to cut the fabric.

“Quilting life sure has changed since those days,” she said. “We now use rulers and rotary cutters that are much more accurate and much quicker.”

Pruitt said she’s been sewing all her life. She made clothes and gifts for family members but stopped when her daughter was born and she went back to college to get her bachelor’s degree.

After taking the quilting class, Pruitt was drawn quilting.

“At first I thought everything had to be done by hand,” she said, joking she was a purist.

Now she does as much as she can by machine.

She likes all styles and designs and is drawn to new techniques.

“Quilting has evolved so much over the last few years,” she said. “There are more art quilts being shown at International and American quilt shows.”

Pruitt said the talent in quilting is “amazing.” It has become an expressive art form, she said, showing who you are in fabric.

Not only does she enjoy the art and expression but also being with fellow quilters such as members of the Stitchers Guild.

“We are more than a guild, we are family,” she said. “Quilters are always there for each other and always sharing and caring.”

One of her favorite parts of being in the Stitchers Guild is the members are willing to be a part of the community always looking for ways to contribute art to organizations in need. Her favorite project is when they work on quilts for the local Hosparus.

“I’m so proud that Stitchers Guild has donated more than100 quilts just this year to the Hosparus project,” she said. “It makes me happy knowing that someone will receive a quilt and it will put a smile on their face.”

She said the group is a way for anyone who wants to become involved in quilting to learn more. The guild has monthly workshops and meet 6:30 p.m. the last Wednesday of every month at the Hardin County Extension Office in Elizabethtown.

The Stitchers, she said, open their love of quilting to the community during the annual Heartland of Kentucky Quilt Show.

This year’s show is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Hardin County Extension Service, at 111 Opportunity Way. Admission is $6.

Pruitt said more than 230 quilts will be on display as well as vendors, demos and bed turnings during the day. Food trucks will be outside for lunch.

“It’s a big job and we always have a great time organizing and setting it up,” she said of the show.

For more information about the quilt show, email Vonnie Ryan at vonryan126@outlook.com.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1416 bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1416 bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.

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