Faithful Circle keeps hands busy in Ellicott City making quilts ELLICOTT CITY/ELKRIDGE


February 08, 1993|By JEAN LESLIE

Picture a blustery, bright January morning. We cross a parking lot and duck into the meeting hall of First Presbyterian Church in Ellicott City. The large room is filled with a low chatter of women's voices. The 55 owners of those voices are seated at long tables, heads bent over their work. Some break from their work and smile as the wind whooshes into the room.

Welcome to the Faithful Circle Quilters, Chapter X of the National Quilting Association.

Guided by neighbor and longtime quilter Brigitte Lund, I took the tour of the room and was impressed with the serious nature of the artistry, which was being worked out in calico, broadcloth and muslin. Quilts of all colors were being pieced. There were quilts that resembled stars, nautical compasses, stained glass windows and three-dimensional still-life art, each requiring a different method of design and piecing.

In addition to the quilting, Billie Tolmach of Mount Airy conducted a class on color combination, a perennial concern of quilters. President Sherry Chaney held a short business meeting during which she announced quilt contests, shows and future classes. And members held a show-and-tell, exhibiting the progress of their work to enable everyone to track projects and help each another with quilting difficulties.

Other club activities include a monthly "block party," when members stitch a small quilt block of a predetermined design, then raffle off the blocks within the club. The winner makes a bed quilt of the communal work.

Each month, the Faithful Circle makes two gift quilts of scrap fabric and donates them to the Ronald McDonald House or Grassroots. And every two years -- it takes a long time to make a quilt -- the club sponsors a quilt show at the church.

Making quilts has long satisfied and entertained Baltimore-area women. In fact, quilting was something of a fad in the 1800s. At that time, Baltimore women had excellent access to a wide array of fabrics, as merchant ships entered the port laden with textiles. In addition, local mills, such as the mill in Daniels (here in Howard County), added to the choice of fabrics available. It was in the 1800s that the Baltimore Album Quilt designs were created, with resultant spinoff industries such as Mary Evans' historical quilt kits.

The Faithful Circle started in 1971, when quilter Peggy Hood placed a classified ad seeking fellow quilters. In the beginning, .. the group met in Ms. Hood's home, but it moved to the church when it outgrew the space.

The Faithful Circle -- combining education, fellowship and charitable work -- has since met at First Lutheran Church on Route 108 every Thursday morning. A newer group, formed to meet the needs of those who are unavailable during the day, gathers on Monday nights. The evening group has male and female members.

If you're interested in knowing more about the Faithful Circle, call President Sherry Chaney at 730-0637.


Do you patronize the Rite-Aid drugstore at the Normandy shopping center? If you do, you're sure to know the friendly face of pharmacist Ann Zicus. When you drop by the store this week, wish her a happy Valentine's birthday!

*Linden Hall, meeting place for Dorsey's Search in Ellicott City, is sponsoring Jacki Sorenson fitness classes given by Phyllis Wiedefeld and her affiliate Nancy Frank.

Phyllis, a 15-year aerobics teacher, has scheduled classes five days weekly to meet every schedule. Drop-in "Workout" classes combine floor exercise, weight training and low-impact aerobics. Participants can try out the classes by paying at the door.

"Strong-Step" classes exercise to popular step movements. Dance classes use a more choreographed dancing approach to exercise.

Senior citizens have their own morning classes, which allow for a six-week session and a discount.

Those of us who are less than perfectly toned shouldn't be afraid of coming, says Phyllis, playing down the elitist approach to exercising. "Who cares if you don't wear the latest style of leotard? Just bring your mat and a good pair of aerobics shoes."

For more class times or more information, call Linden Hall at 730-4005, Nancy at (410) 740-9379 or Phyllis at (410) 461-2331.


*The second production of the Centennial High Drama department will be offered Feb. 21 through Feb. 27, when students will present two comedies by Neil Simon.

Drama instructor Lynn Broderick is directing the plays in conjunction with student directors Sherrie Levine, Chris Pantano, Jessica Sutter, Jocelyn Winsor and Lisen Miller. Technical director is "Mo" Dutterer.

Because the two plays chronicle the events in the life of one character, Eugene Morris Jerome, the plays will alternate. "Brighton Beach Memoirs" will be presented Feb. 21, 23 and 26. Josh Levine will play Eugene, Sanchita Jayaram will play Kate, Kelly Eastham will play Blanche, Jason Knight will play Stanley, Jeanine Bartel will play Nora, Amy Couchoud will play Laurie, and Chung Choe will play Jack.

"Biloxi Blues" will be presented Feb. 22, 24 and 27. Chris Donahue will play Eugene, Mark Smith will play Epstein, Doug Golden will play Wykowski, Zac Kozmo will play Carney, Dave Almquist will play Selridge, Joe Maclaine will play St. Toomey, Chad Hawthorne will play Hennessey, Carley Forgham will play Daisy, and Niki Rankin will play Rowena.

Because of the barracks language and mature subject matter, these plays may be inappropriate for students under 13. For more information, call Ms. Broderick at 313-2856.


This month, Gallery 44 at 10194 Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City will feature monoprint works by well-known artists Ann Dergara, Emmanuel Elias and Gemma Dumangan.

A monoprint is an original artwork created by manipulating ink during the printing, so each print is unique. The gallery is open Monday through Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to . .TC p.m., Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Information: (410) 465-5200.

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