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Happy Hearts Quilt Show


On October 8, 2013, The Aquadome Recreation Center was the site for a fall quilt show hosted by the Happy Hearts Quilting Guild of Decatur. There were over 100 beautifully handmade quilts on display for this event. Visitors were able to walk through isles of hand stitched waves of colored fabrics that had been meticulously cut, sewn and assembled into works of art. Not only were there vintage and modern style quilts on exhibit, other hand pieced items such as table runners, table toppers and handbags were on display.
In 1993, the Happy Hearts came together as a group of people who had a love for creating and preserving the art of quilt making. Many of the members confess that they currently have over 100 quilts in their possession and will spend hundreds of dollars to create and finish a single quilt. When asked about the monetary value of their quilts, most ladies just grinned from ear to ear and said, “They are priceless” while others stated, “God only knows.”
The consensus of the 30 member group is that quilting is their therapy, but the fellowship among them has become a “sisterhood.” Many of the group is widowers and the bond that has been created among them is immeasurable. The president of the organization, Faye Hopper, stated, “We come together to make quilts but we do much more. We work together, we eat together, we travel together and we do retail therapy together (shop for fabric together). We are a family.”
Currently, the Happy Hearts are working on a block swap. This is where individuals create a quilt block and exchange it with another quilter. These blocks will then be assembled to make a quilt. Later in the year, these quilts will be judged and awards will be given for the most creative quilt.
The ladies of the Happy Hearts Quilting Guild also donate their time and quilts to give back to the community as well as other parts of the world. This past year, pillow case dresses were donated to little girls living in impoverished areas of Africa. They also sew quilts for victims of natural disasters such as floods and tornados and many of the ladies have sent quilts and pillow cases to our active duty military overseas. They also donate stuffed animals to our local police departments for children who are removed from their family environment due to physical abuse or drug busts. These ladies have a heart of gold and truly love giving when there is a proven need.
The Happy Hearts Quilt Guild meets at the Aquadome Recreation Center on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 8am-3pm. The group is open to new membership, however, they do not actually teach quilting. For more information, contact the Aquadome Recreation Center at 256-341-4950 or email rdarnell@decatur-al.gov


Rochelle Darnell
Aquadome Recreation Center

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