Back in 1988, Ethel Tautkus asked some of her friends in Pine Island Cove if they would like to do some quilting. Six took her up on her invitation and thus began The Nimble Thimble Quilt and Needlework Guild of Pine Island Cove.
Today there are more than 40 members making quilts and also knitting and crocheting. The group's annual quilt show was held Monday, March 18, at the Pine Island Cove clubhouse.
"I started the show in '89 or '90," said Tautkus. "We hold weekly classes where members can work on their personal projects and we also make one 'mystery quilt' each year. Members are requested to bring specific fabric pieces but they never see the pattern of the quilt until it is finished. That is a lot of fun."
The Nimble Thimble Quilt and Needlework Guild founder Ethel Tautkus, raffle winner Betty Staron and quilter Lenore Buzzell.
In addition to having a good time, the group also helps the community.
"We make quilts for Project Linus, a non-profit organization that provides homemade blankets to children in need," Tautkus explained. "We also knit lap robes for chemotherapy patients and donate the proceeds from the quilt raffle to various community organizations."
This year the group raffled off a Dresden Plate queen-size quilt which was won by Betty Staron, who lives in St. James City.