The Ragtime Gals quilt club celebrated 25 years of making quilts by having a party.
The members include JoAnn Malena and Ashley Love of Booneville; Robbie Love, Shirley Bryan, Ruby Jackson, Gaylon Scharbor, and Lori Holt of Magazine.
The club’s youngest members are Rebekah Dobson who won a sewing machine and $50 at the South Logan County Fair last September and Michal-Ann Dobson. Both these girls are in Magazine 4H and attend Magazine schools.
The club began when four of the members took quilting lessons at the First Baptist Church in Booneville in 1988. County extension agent in home economics, Sheila Brandt, was the instructor. The founding members of the Ragtime Gals were Robbie Love, Jackson, Malena, and Scharbor, along with Barbara Bryan. They have been quilting ever since. As the years have passed, others have joined the club and helped with the projects once a week.
Several are active members of the Belle Pointe Quilters Guild in Fort Smith. These members are Malena, Robbie Love, Ruby Jackson, Ashley Love, and Scharbor. They attend conferences in other parts of the state, learn new skills in quilting such as applique and hand embroidery. They have attended classes given by instructors from many parts of the United States and listened to guest speakers who have quilting books on the market.
Some of the projects members have made are family reunion quilts, quilts for the Oak Manor Nursing Home, comfy quilts for the Fort Smith Police Department, antique quilt reconstruction, baby quilts, donation quilts, and quilts for their own use.