SUISUN CITY — Ann Farley has been sewing quilts for many years – since she was 6 years old.
However, she said she doesn’t see as many people taking an interest in sewing or quilting these days.
“It’s becoming a lost art,” she said.
Saturday afternoon at the Suisun City Library, Farley and the women of the Fairfield Quilting Sisters club hosted a free quilting workshop for children. The Quilting Sisters are a private club of about 10 women from the Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Fairfield.
Farley expected a small group to show up to the event but was surprised to see a couple dozen or so children and their parents fill the conference room at the library.
The Quilting Sisters are constantly involved in community outreach activities, Farley said. In the past, they’ve sewn quilts for people in Haiti, made pillow slips for children being treated at the UC Davis Medical Center and made wheelchair bags for residents of care homes.
This month, the group is displaying quilts at all nine branches in the Solano County Library system. The Suisun City branch asked if they would host a quilting workshop for children.
Quilting club member Jeanette Robinson said the workshop is a great opportunity to introduce children to sewing and quilting.
“A lot of them have never done any quilting before,” she said.
Serrine Viegas and Destiny Murray, both 11, tried their hand at making a small quilt for the first time Saturday. They had some difficulty sewing small stitches and getting the thread untangled, but overall they said quilting was pretty easy.
Serrine said she hoped to take after her grandma, who is a quilter.
Not all of the attendees were young children, however.
Christina Esquejo said even as an adult, it wasn’t too late for her to learn some sewing skills. At first she thought making a quilt was easy, until Robinson told her to take out most of her stitches.
“OK, so it’s not as easy as I thought,” she said.
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