Thursday, May 10, 2007

African Parish House Quilters - 10th Year!

Congratulations to the African Parish House Quilters for 10 years of quilting! Join the guild as they meet this Saturday at the Martin Luther King Branch Library, 1600 E. Long Street Columbus, OH 43203 from 1pm - 4pm. Way to go co-founder Deborah Pinckney and all the members!
UPDATE - Thanks to Mrs. Pickney for sharing with us via email more about the African Parish House Quilters!

The APH Quilters was founded by Barbara Holt Payne and myself, Deborah E. Pinckney in order to continue and promote the art of quilting primarily among African American women, men and youth. This is to support our heritage and pass on a legacy to current and hopefully future generations. The group is an ecumenical outreach program of The Hebron Baptist Church of which my husband, W. Amanze M. Pinckney is the Founder and Pastor.

We give back to our community with two community service projects each year. One is to make baby quilts for at-risk newborns receiving services through our neighborhood settlement house and quilts for the homeless in our community. To date we have made and donated over 500 quilts, and we received An Outstanding Project Award from First Lady Hope Taft, Chair of the Ohio Make A Difference Day initiative for our 2004 "Community Quilting Day" Project, which is making quilts for the homeless in our community.

We enjoy our fellowship with one another and learning new techniques from one another during our monthly meetings. We also support Central Ohio quilting events, such as the Surface Symposium, the NQS show, Sacred Threads, Quilt Shop Hop and more, usually with our attendance or volunteering.

We are non-discriminatory, so anyone is welcome to join. Individuals interested can do so by coming to our meetings and paying annual dues of $15.00. Meetings are usually the third Saturday of the month from 1-4 p.m. at The African Parish House, 189 N. 20th St., Columbus, OH 43203, 614-258-4496. The house is so named because it once served as the parsonage or parish house for the pastors of a neighborhood A.M.E. Church.

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