The first annual meeting of the San Saba River Chapter Daughters of the Republic of Texas was held on Tuesday, September 1 at Rylander Memorial Library. The guest speaker was Joanne Heady, owner of Serenity Quilts of Many Colors on 13th Street in Brady. Joanne spoke about her pathway to owning a quilt shop. After retirement, she struggled to find something that would occupy her time and most importantly, serve others. Devoutly Christian, she enjoyed quilting and giving quilts to those in item of trials or sorrow. Thus, Serenity Quilts of Many Colors evolved. A gift of comfort and sewn with love is the best gift of all.
Mrs. Heady advised that storage of quilts should never be in plastic. The best method is the use of acid free tissue paper placed between the folded layers. Wear gloves when handling your quilts, to keep the oils from your hands and fingers from damage. Always refold your quilts differently before placing them back in storage. Use a cedar chest or archival quilt box, away from direct sunlight.
The members and guests enjoyed describing their favorite quilt and quilt patterns. Although modern machine stitched quilts are attractive, all agreed that memory quilts, made from worn clothing, were the best of all. Joanne advised that the thread count is very important if you are making a quilt. Cotton material with a lower thread count will not endure as long and is prone to fading. Joanne invites you to visit her in her shop, attend quilting classes or a planned event. She will also gladly assist you in refurbishing a loved memory quilt.
After the program, the membership conducted their monthly business meeting. Installed in May, the officers for the 2011-12 calendar year are: Rosemary Cox, President; Karylon Russell, Vice President; Evelyn Horsman, Secretary/Parlimentarian; Patsy Stewart, Treasurer; Maurine Johnson, Historian; Jan Curiel, Chaplain; and Louise Sanders, Registrar.