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Quilters feature Eckmann’s work

September 8, 2012
Jodelle Greiner - Staff Writer , Fairmont Sentinel

TRUMAN - Sewing "came naturally" to Pat Eckmann of Truman, and it's a talent that has served her well all her life.

Eckmann has been named the featured seamstress for the Prairie Star Quilt Guild's Style Show, set for Sept. 15 at Bethel Evangelical Free Church in Fairmont.

Punch will be served at 11 a.m., the meal will start at noon and the show will commence at 1 p.m.

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Pat Eckmann is the featured seamstress for the Prairie Star Quilters Style Show Sept. 15 at Bethel Evangelical Free Church. The top she is wearing was made from a chenille bedspread.

About 20 people will be modeling items, said Karen Lester, co-chairwoman of the event, along with Linda Lutterman.

"We have so many people who are so creative," Lester said.

Tickets are available from any guild member or Madalyn McCaffrey. Tickets that include the meal and style show are $15. Tickets for just the style show are $5.

A boutique gives visitors a chance to shop for a variety of items hand-made by guild members.

Part of the style show is the challenge, in which crafters are given a piece of fabric and have to use it in some item they enter in the challenge.

"For the challenge, I made a sundress for my granddaughter," Eckmann said. "Thank goodness, she can come and model it."

Eckmann will display items she has sewn over the years, but other than having a difficult time narrowing down the number of things she will bring, she plans to take it easy.

"I'm just going to enjoy myself this time," she said.

Eckmann joined Prairie Star Quilters around 1986, after taking an Eleanor Burns class taught by Lester through Community Education and going to a Prairie Star Quilters show. But she was no stranger to sewing.

"I enjoy sewing. I've always loved to sew," said Eckmann. "I come from a long line of [people who sew]. My grandmother and mother were seamstresses too."

Eckmann was in 4-H and tends toward creative pursuits, including being a hair dresser, and she always sewed for her kids and herself.

"I was tall, so I had trouble finding clothes to fit me," she said. "I made bridesmaids' dresses for both our daughters' weddings. I sewed a lot for my kids when they were growing up."

After the five grandkids started coming, Eckmann sewed everything from clothes to quilts and pillows for them.

As involved as she was with sewing, the quilting craze has surprised Eckmann.

"When I was a young adult mother, quilting was not a big deal. It got resurrected," she said.

The list of items she has made over the years is long: table runners, shower curtains, potholders, diaper bags, clothes.

"I work on quilts for the Orphan Grain Train at church," said Eckmann, adding that she helped make the new quilt banners that hang on Truman's main street.

"To me, working with fabric is playing with fabric," she said.



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