On the night of Nov. 28, ladies gathered at the Super 8 conference room in Hill City to quilt. This was a Sow On Your Own event or SOYO with Heart of the Hills Quilters Guild that takes place once a month.
Secretary for the Heart of the Hills Quilters Guild Lori Comer said they were working on their things and also assembling together quilts for service projects they do.
“We’re busy all the time,” Comer said.
The guild has a service project called Quilts from the Heart that are donated to people who have been ill or misplaced by a fire. There are usually 20 or so that are given out a year. It all depends on what transpires in the community.
They also produce Quilts of Valor that are made for veterans; there were seven made this year.
This year the ladies had five done around Veteran’s Day and then they needed to make two more.
“Luckily we have some fast sowers,” Comer said.
Work is being done on new quilts currently to give out next year since they take so long to make. Comer said the only real criteria for those nominated is that they should have some type of connection to Hill City and be a veteran.
For both of those projects the guild supplies the fabric and the members do the work.
The members usually hold the Hill City Quilt Show but this past year they just assisted with the event.
“It’s a lot of work,” Comer said.
Book bags were given to kindergartners this year and they have also made quilts for a hospice house three times.
Pillowcases were made by quilters for a Hill City women’s service organization this year. Some of the pillows go to the Children’s Home Society and some to a women’s shelter in Rapid City.
There were over 200 pillows that are going to be donated soon. Not all of them came from Hill City though.
Pillows are ordered and stuffing parties will being taking place soon for women to put pillows in the cases.
A couple of times a year in Hill City there will also be quilting retreats where ladies can come and bring quilting projects to work on. The retreat is usually held on a weekend.
Sometimes they go to other events that other guilds in the Black Hills have like trunk shows.
“Those are where we go and take things we made and show other people,” member Sherryl Alexander said.
The quilting guild holds classes periodically throughout the year for guild members too.
There are 30 members in the guild, 15 that are active. Anyone is able to join the quilting guild.
Comer said people don’t necessarily have to have experience. Many people come to just learn how to quilt.
An annual membership in the guild is $20.