Quilting Memories in Fulton
Kathy Dewine and her daughter Kendall took the class to do a project together.
"Kendall and I were watching a show on TV, and it had a quilt that was made for a father who died, made out of t-shirts," explained Kathy. "And Kendall said, 'Mommy, can we make a quilt someday?' and I thought, 'Well, yeah, if they ever offer a quilting class in Fulton,' thinking they never would."
Then the Dewines saw an ad in the Sunday newspaper about a quilting class.
Mother and daughter chose t-shirts that are special to Kendall.
"Is it this one? This is a t-shirt from the Butterfly House in Chesterfield, Mo., and that's an activity she went on with her grandmother," explained Kathy.
Fulton Parks and Recreation offered the class for people who like quiet, creative pursuits.
"Classes like these are popular because we wanted to offer something fun, and they give people recreation," added Wendy Lentz, recreation programmer. "But, at the same time, they are teaching them a skill that they can use."
Other quilters are weaving memories to honor loved ones. Janet Taylor's son was killed four years ago while he was in the Navy. She plans to spread the quilt on his former bed.
"Every one I look at has meaning," Taylor added. "Some of them he wore all the time, some of them he was proud to get, and some of them he earned. So, they're all special."
Quilters could also use parts of jerseys, jackets, hat bills, or old newspaper bags to make patches.