Annual quilt retreat

22_quilt_6368ALL THE WAY FROM CALIFORNIA  — Carole McClendon from Gridley was the guest teacher at the quilting retreat this past week held at the Masonic Temple. The quilt was made by Helen Stordahl with the flower pattern belonging to Carole, which she shared at the retreat.  Carole is the sister of Linda Van Tongeren of Conrad.  I-O Photo by Pat Lee

By Tirsea McNeal, I-O Reporter

Sewing machines hummed and quilters buzzed in the basement of the Masonic Temple at the annual quilt retreat.

The featured teacher of the retreat was Linda VanTongeren’s sister, Carole McClendon from Gridley, Calif.

The quilt pattern for the retreat was a gift to McClendon from a friend several years ago.

Some quilters were working on a quilt project using the pattern, others worked on their own individual projects.

Quilter Helen Stordahl used the flowers in the pattern to fashion a colorful wall hanging which was on display at the retreat.

Stordahl said, “This is the third quilt retreat and it was a great success and lots of fun.”

The 20 women attending were from Whitefish, Dutton, Kalispell, CutBank, Stevensville, Brady, Columbia Falls, and Great Falls.

Dinners for the group were catered by Delores Myers.

Pam Steiner, Helen Stordahl, Judy Ketterling and Linda VanTongeren were the hostesses for the event which lasted for three and a half days, which ended on Sunday.