By Kathy L. Collins

Now through May 8, you can view some stunningly beautiful and intricate handmade quilts at the SouthShore Regional Library in the Community Exhibit space. The quilts are made by members of the Kings Point Quilters. The SouthShore Regional Library is located at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin.

In all, there are 29 quilts of varying sizes and styles lovingly created by 12 members of the Kings Point Quilters including Mary McLaughlin, Barbara Angemi, Jan Ring, Bette Murray, Sue Skolnick, Sandy Nunn, Mary Chabot, Shirley Walker, Bobbi Curtis, Mary O’Neil, Pat Crabtree and Grace Kunz.

The Kings Point Quilters’ Show is being held in conjunction with the juried Fiber Art Show which is on display in the John Crawford Gallery space at the library. Several of the Kings Point Quilters members are in both shows including Mary McLaughlin, Barbara Angemi, Jan King (whose piece in the Fiber Show took 3rd Place at the Florida State Fair Art Show) and Sue Skolnick.

Mary McLaughlin, co-chair of the Quilt Show and board member of the Kings Point Quilters said, “We are a group of mostly retired people. We quilt for our families and for the benefit of organizations such a the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital, Moffitt Cancer Center and other children’s groups.” McLaughlin added, “This is an old skill that also has a lot of new techniques.”

Every two years the members hold a Quilt Show featuring hundreds of quilts. The most recent show was held in March 2013.

The Kings Point Quilters was founded in 1995 by Dottie Wallace, who is still a member of the club. They meet every Tuesday from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Fiber Arts Room in the North Clubhouse at King Points.

For more information, please contact Sandy Nunn at 642-8961 or Joyce Jurgens at 431-1963.


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