Linda Griffith loves quilts.
The 1962 Nevada High School graduate and lifelong Nevada resident is also passionate about the beautifully renovated Community Building at the fairgrounds in Nevada. She served on the fundraising committee that worked tirelessly to see that project completed a few years back.
So, she’s merging her love of quilts and her love of the Community Building into an event that she wants to do. A “Quilts Sewn From the Heart” quilt show.
On March 1 and 2, Griffith will display a number of quilts that she and friends of hers are going to share. A $5 admission fee will help her pay for the rental of the building those two days.
“It’s a chance to use the Community Building,” she said, and about having bright, colorful quilts to look at, that will hopefully bring people out of the winter doldrums just a bit. “I just want spring and for people to share what we do at a sewing machine.”
Griffith, an employee of State Bank & Trust for many years, retired in 2006 and decided in retirement that she was going to take her sewing skills to a whole new level.
“I’d always sewed. That goes back to the days when mom made us dresses and clothes for school.”
She’d always admired quilts, and learning to sew and piece quilts together, gave her “something to do when the snow’s flying. My sewing machine is there, the material is there, and I don’t have to leave the house,” she said.
She loves making all kinds of quilts, from lap quilts to T-shirt quilts, and she utilizes several women who have long-arm quilting machines to help her finish each project.
“My quilts go to family members, people going through chemo… Just the other day, Story County Long Term Care needed lap quilts and I took several up there,” she said.
Griffith has loved attending quilt shows at Reiman Gardens in Ames and in Des Moines, and now she hopes that she can get this started in Nevada.
The “Quilts Sewn From the Heart” show will be March 1, 1-6 p.m., and March 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be door prizes.
“Please bring your friends and spend some time viewing the quilts. It might be possible you will go home with another idea to sew another quilt,” Griffith said.