Churn Dash, nine patch, flying geese, honey comb and Dresden Plate are not exotic names for farm animals or implements, but rather are the names of quilts patterns, and some of these designs will be found in hand-made quilts on display Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Watts Willowbrook Boys and Girls Club.
The 24th annual quilt show presented by Los Angeles Unified School District sewing instructor Margaret Williams will feature the handicrafts of about 40 women who attend the quilting classes Williams offers twice a week at the Boys and Girls Club.
“The ladies were doing such beautiful work, and I thought (being part of an exhibit) would encourage them,” explained Williams about why she began the show nearly a quarter decade ago.
Williams, who went from teaching elementary school students in Louisiana to teaching adults in Los Angeles, has been instructing people in sewing since the 1960s, and teaching quilting for about the last 24 years.
The participants are typically women from ages 40 to 80 with skill levels that range from beginner to advanced. However, Williams said over the years, she has had male students as well as high school youngsters who need to earn credit.