GUNTERSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The Lakeside Quilters Club normally meet in Guntersville, but on this day they are at the home of Betty Griffin in Arab.
Betty said they meet on a regular basis.
"Twice a month that we quilt on our own quilts plus the charity quilts."
The mood is light and festive as the group focuses on the upcoming quilt show. They raise money to give back to the community, and they also give the fruits of their labor.
Jerry Sapp is a long time member.
"We give quilts to the police department here for the officers in crisis situation and also to the emergency pregnancy center," said Sapp.
The patch work is reminiscent of where the money goes. Hospice and the mammogram program at Marshall North are also recipients.
"Some of the best quilts you'll ever, ever see," said Marilyn Wafler, quilt show chair. "These quilts will be the ones that have been made the last two years."
They are piecing together their sixth show. They hold the events every other year. Wafler said you can expect to see about 200 quilts.
What you can't see is the love and friendship that is entwined with every thread. Group members may needle each other, periodically, but they are also firm in backing one another.
The group is very close, according to publicity chair, Carolyn Guggenheim.
"This is an awesome group. The camaraderie is wonderful. We help each other. We support each other. And we do a little bit of gossiping; it's in good fun," said Guggenheim.
And they will keep you in stitches with their gift of gab, even if Marilyn Wafler doesn't "own up."
"What happens at Betty's stays at Betty's!" she joked.
"Initially I got involved in quilting because my husband encouraged me to do something different. He thought I would be good at quilting. Needless to say, he had no idea what it would cost him," said Guggenheim.
When it comes to quilts you never know what you're going to see. They are art pieces.
The show will be held at the recreation center in Guntersville on Sunset Drive October 12, 13 and 14.