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City’s Arts Society Presents Council a Special Gift!

WP_20131126_006To mark their tenth anniversary, the College Park Needle Arts Society presented a specially made quilted wall hanging to Mayor Andrew Fellows and the College Park City Council at last Tuesday’s Council meeting.

The quilt was designed by members of the Needle Arts Society, and was then pieced and quilted by the group’s founder, Leslie Montroll. The quilt has 160 colorful blocks framing a center medallion, uses 19 different fabrics and measures approximately 65 x 85 inches. It was made to hang in the City’s Old Parish House.

The blocks for the quilt are based on a traditional “snowball” block. However, the fabrics in the quilt are far from traditional. Nearly all the fabrics were donated from the collection of Pamela and Nathaniel Safford, residents of College Park for nearly 58 years.

While they are quite fond of international fabrics, especially African prints and Dutch wax batiks, all the fabrics were purchased at local shops. Over the years, the Saffords have generously donated much of their extra fabric to the Needle Arts group. Montroll and the Needle Arts Society members had been thinking of a special way to celebrate the group’s tenth anniversary this fall.

They wanted to not only thank the City for providing the group a weekly home, but also honor Mr. and Mrs. Safford for their long-term dedication to the City by making something for the community utilizing their fabric collection.

Since several of the group’s members are quilters, a quilted wall hanging seemed like the perfect solution. The Old Parish House is the second oldest building in the City. Located at 4711 Knox Road, it was originally constructed in 1817 as a dairy barn as part of the Calvert Estate. The structure was converted to a church around 1894 and later served as a parish house for St.
Andrews’s Episcopal Church.

In 1957, the building was purchased by the Women’s Club of College Park for use as their headquarters. In 1998, the building was donated to the City of College Park for use as a community center. The College Park Needle Arts Society meets at the Old Parish House each Friday, from 9:30 to 11:30 am. The group provides an informal place for adults to gather to work on various
needle arts projects, enjoy mutual inspiration and camaraderie. New members are always welcome. There are no dues, no officers and no group projects.

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