Stiches from the Heart

BELLAIRE- The Bellaire Public Library recently completed an eight-week beginners quilting class held once a week at its facility.

Library director Laura Cramblet put out the call on the library’s website, as well as its Facebook page, seeking interested parties in learning how to quilt.

The ladies that participated had some experience with sewing but none had ever made a quilt prior to joining the class.

“A couple had worked in the old garment factory locally,” Cramblet said. “But as far as actual quilting experience, they were all beginners.”

Their handiwork is on full display, hanging from the second-floor banisters inside the library.

Judging from the quality of the work, the casual observer would never guess the quilts’ creators were beginners.

There are also a few needy families in West Virginia who likely have zero complaints about these ladies’ craftsmanship.

During the span of the eight weeks, each lady crafted two quilts. One was for each person to keep and those are currently on display in the library.

The other was donated to Appalachian Outreach, based in Moundsville.

Based in the former Giant Eagle in Moundsville, Appalachian Outreach’s mission is to help “relieve the burden of poverty and the loss of dignity suffered by the people of Appalachia who, though no fault of their own, struggle to meet the basic needs of daily life.”

Director Rose Hart is always willing to take donations to help the cause of her outreach organization and the ladies of the quilting class were more than happy to oblige.

Moving foward, there will be monthly quilting meetings of the Guernsey Street Quilting Club, as the group is now called.

Information will be posted on the library’s Facebook page and website for those interested in stopping by to see what it’s all about.

Quilting isn’t the only exciting happening coming up at the library.

The library is putting on “Cooking Up: Fun and Memories with the Friends of the Bellaire Public Library.”

Interested parties are asked to submit up to 10 of their favorite recipes for possible inclusion in the recipe book.

People are also being asked to send in their favorite photos. Photos to be included should be at least 75 years old.

The library is looking for pictures of someone who taught you how to cook, can or garden; family members whose recipes are still favorites or any other personal photos you’d like to share.

The library staff will scan the photos and then give them right back.

The deadline for submissions is Oct. 31 as the library staff is looking to have the cookbook ready for purchase as a holiday gift.

For more information, email,, visit the library’s Facebook page or stop by at its 330 32nd St. location in Bellaire.

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