Florence quilters give back to community


The Swamp Fox Quilters Guild is all about giving, and every year they donate their works of art to charities across the Pee Dee.

This year, the group of ladies gave their beautiful, handmade quilts to McLeod Health's Nurse-Family Partnership program for first time mothers and their babies and to wheelchair bound residents at Honorage Nursing Home in Florence.

The Swamp Fox Quilters said it's one of their missions to give back organizations in need.

The organizations said they're thankful for the quilts and believe they'll make a big difference in the lives of families.

The Swamp Fox Quilters Guild website says the group, “was started in the fall of 1980 by an energetic lady named Margie Notess, who worked for the Florence Recreation Department. The first few meetings were held at the old Timrod Park Schoolhouse with approximately 10 ladies attending. As the word spread, more ladies joined. With Margie at the helm, we had different programs and demonstrations. A few members who had been quilting for a while shared their knowledge to help others learn this wonderful art form. There are 3 current SFQ members who were charter members: Doreen Copeland, Lorene Arnette, and Martha Herbert. Over the years the guild has grown and hosted many quilt shows/exhibits. Many lecturers/teachers have given instructive workshops, all of which have added to our ever-growing techniques and skills. The guild has approximately 60 members who actively support the projects and programs offered. The members have fun sewing and being together twice a month.”

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