RACINE — The Return Jonathan Meigs Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) met at the Racine Public Library recently with Regent Carol Grueser opened the meeting in ritualistic form.
Secretary, treasury and committee reports were presented.
The meetings guest speaker was Kathy Johnson-Offutt, who provided a program about the characteristics of red and green quilts made between 1850 and 1920. She said most of the quilts are from Massachusetts and Maryland, and she had several on display and talked about their characteristics, designs and differences.
The quilt designs were intricate and hand-stitched, with stitches 10 to 12 to the inch; rows are as close as one-quarter inch apart. The batting was home-spun cotton, requiring that it be quilted closely or the batting would fall apart. In comparison, today’s batting only needs to be stitched every 6 to 12 inches and is much sturdier. Today’s quilts can also be machine washed; it it not recommended that vintage quilts be machine washed.
According to Johnson-Offutt, red and green quilts were usually only used for special occasions and then put away.
Two study quilts were also discussed, and care and storage of quilts was reviewed. The quilts displayed were beautiful and handled with gloved hands to preserve the integrity of the quilt.
In the chapter’s other business, Grueser reported that the milkweed plants are up and will be available at the May 21 meeting. The milkweed provides needed nutrients for monarch butterflies, and members are encouraged to raise milkweed as part of the chapter’s conservation program to assist with the repopulation of the monarch butterfly.
Mary Powell reported for the Officers Nominating Committee: Regent Karen Werry, vice regent Sharon Jewell, recording secretary Linda Russell, treasurer Donna Jenkins, registrar Opal Grueser, and chaplain Mary Rose. The nominations were approved and will be voted on May 21 with installation June 18.
Grueser reported on the 117th OSDAR Conference in Columbus on March 31-April 3. Mary Rose and Grueser assisted with registration on Friday morning. Grueser, state chair celebrants committee, presented her report on Saturday afternoon.
June Ashley made a motion for a chapter project that would make it easier for veterans or active military personnel to write home. The chapter overwhelmingly approved the project, which is to collect unused greeting cards and provide them to Veteran Administration centers or active military sites for distribution.
The chapter currently sends thousands of merchandise coupons to overseas bases and will be able to include the greeting cards as well. Local VA centers will also receive cards for the veterans to use.
Refreshments were provided by Cleo Smith and Karen Werry.
The next meeting will be held at the Racine Library on May 21, at 1 p.m. Kim Magnuson, museum docent, will present “Something Old, Something New: The Creation of the American Wedding.” May hostess are Patty Cook and June Ashley. Members and guests are encouraged to bring cards/letters for the Guinness Book of Records project, greeting cards. school supplies to the meeting.
Contact Lorna Hart at 740-992-2155 Ext. 2551.