A quilting class is being organized with the first session scheduled for the Arnoldsburg Community Building on January 30.

Organizer Erma Miller says 18 have already expressed interest in the learning project, which involves older quilt-makers teaching younger quilt-makers. (Interested, contact Miller at 655-8828)

"It is a tradition that could die. We'd really like to see it continue, because it has meant so much to country people," Miller said.

Another tradition - embroidery - is also being shared in one-month sessions scheduled for the Arnoldsburg Community Building, conducted by Karen Phillips-Shwallon. (Next class February 9, contact Marnell at 354-8382).

Appalachian families have adopted quilts as a symbol of what we value about ourselves and our national history.

Quilting has been a long-time family tradition in Calhoun County. Quilts have been passed from one generation to another as keepsakes, valued far more than their cost.

Quilts are evidence of ingenuity and resourcefulness. The patchwork quilt symbolizes diversity, history, and causes, but more often a reminder of family history.

Quilting tradition is learning to make them from older relatives, using remnants from home sewing, and recreating patterns passed down from earlier generations.

My mother made quilts for my children before she died, now treasured, some of the patches made from our worn out clothes

A few years ago, a numbers of patchwork quilts were made in remembrance of Calhoun citizens who died from cancer. They are still on display at the Calhoun County library.

Local quilts are generally on display during the Molasses and Wood Festivals.

Quilts have contributed to local economies, the best example is Cabin Creek Quilts.