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Bookshelf quilt presented to library

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Senior Staff Writer

CLANTON — A new display of local handiwork can be seen hanging in the Chilton-Clanton Public Library front hallway.

The Peach Town Piecers presented a bookshelf quilt wall hanging to the library back in December, and it was hung for display on Jan. 12.

Library director Kelly Easterling said he waited until the Piecers’ first meeting at the library of the year to hang the quilt. He said the piece was “so creative” and came as a surprise.

“I just think it’s fantastic,” Easterling said.

Magon Whitley, president of the Piecers, said the project took two months to complete.

“We wanted to give it to the library as a thank you for all they do,” Whitley said.

The group selected bookshelf theme because they wanted it to reflect what the library was interested in. Whitley said she found the bookshelf pattern on the internet.

“Each person did their own row with their own fabric,” Whitley said.

One quilter used the ends of the fabric that list the style name in order to make it look like the title of books.

Each person brought her finished pieces to Whitley, assembled them and finished the quilt.

Joyce Strickland, vice president, said she enjoyed “picking out her fabrics and seeing how it was going to turn out.”

“I picked out fabric that had to do with sewing to represent the quilting magazines and sewing magazines,” Strickland said.

Even though the various members were uncertain the colors other members were using for their row, Strickland said “each color just came together perfect.”

Peach Town Piecers meets in the library conference room the second Thursday of every month.

The experience level of the members is varied.

Strickland has been quilting for 51 years, while Whitley has been quilting for four or five.

Whitley said she had wanted to learn and attended a group at the Chilton Extension office. Later, the Piecers left that group to form their own. Membership is $10 a year.

“We use that $10 for materials when we do a donation quilt,” Whitley said.