[caption id="attachment_4698" align="aligncenter" width="600"]<a href="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2014\/08\/SS-Quilting-Party-1.jpg"><img src="http:\/\/pocahontastimes.com\/wp-content\/uploads\/sites\/25\/2014\/08\/SS-Quilting-Party-1.jpg" alt="The sound of sewing machines buzzed through the Oak Grove Presbyterian Church last weekend during the annual Pearl S. Buck quilting party. Quilters gathered to learn new patterns and spend quality time with like-minded crafters. On the wall in the background is a display of squares made by participants. They all feature purple pansy fabric. The squares were part of a drawing where lucky quilters won 20 squares for a quilt top or three squares for a table runner. S. Stewart photo" width="600" height="417" class="size-full wp-image-4698" \/><\/a> The sound of sewing machines buzzed through the Oak Grove Presbyterian Church last weekend during the annual Pearl S. Buck quilting party. Quilters gathered to learn new patterns and spend quality time with like-minded crafters. On the wall in the background is a display of squares made by participants. They all feature purple pansy fabric. The squares were part of a drawing where lucky quilters won 20 squares for a quilt top or three squares for a table runner. S. Stewart photo[\/caption]\r\n\r\nArmed with sewing machines, patterns and fabrics a plenty, quilters gathered at the Oak Grove Presbyterian Church in Hillsboro last weekend for the annual Pearl S. Buck Quilting Party.\r\n\r\nThe three-day event included classes taught by world-renowned quilters, as well as a coveted prize of quilt squares, which the winners of the drawing can use to make a quilt top.\r\n\r\n\u201cWhen they registered to come, we sent them a quarter yard of fabric \u2013 the same piece of fabric to everyone \u2013\u00a0and they were to make a twelve-and-a-half inch quilt block, bring it back and we have a drawing on Saturday afternoon,\u201d co-coordinator Carroll Barlow said. \u201cWe have over a hundred, so that means five people are going to win twenty blocks and can make a quilt top with the pansy print in every block.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe required fabric for the squares featured purple pansies. During the \u201cparty,\u201d the quilt squares were on display and much like snowflakes, no two were alike, other than the pansy fabric.\r\n\r\nOn Friday, the class was led by Michelle Hill, of Barboursville. Hill became a quilter when she was eight-years-old at her grandmother\u2019s side and the quilting bug never left her system.\r\n\r\n\u201cI went on to own an actual store,\u201d Hill said. \u201cI invented a product called Chenille So Easy. I go all over the world teaching what I invented and, of course, I just love quilting. It\u2019s in my blood. Like everyone here, you breathe it. You can\u2019t do without it. You can\u2019t explain it. Even on a bad day, just to feel fabric gives you an incredible high and to have a project waiting to happen \u2013 it\u2019s heaven. It\u2019s like making a very good dinner for your family. It\u2019s the pride in it.\u201d\r\n\r\nHill taught the group how to make a Spicy Spiral Table Runner, a pattern created by School House Quilts. The pattern is a twist, literally, on the common table runner pattern. The piece slithers across the table in the form of a chunky \u201cS.\u201d\r\n\r\nStudents used a variety of fabric colors and designs, including a garden theme, Christmas colors, rainbow colors, and red, white and blue for a patriotic table runner.\r\n\r\nOther classes taught during the weekend were: \u201cDoing is Better Than Perfect \u2013 Free Motion,\u201d taught by Betty Jo Williams; \u201cLearn Basic Hand Quilting,\u201d taught by Linda Adams; \u201cAttic Window,\u201d taught by Charlene Beverage; and Stained Glass Quilting \u201cHarvest,\u201d taught by Fran Kordek.\r\n\r\nThe Quilting Party began in 1997 as the brain child of Barlow and her quilting buddy Louise McNeel.\r\n\r\n\u201cWe were coming back from a quilting party at Jackson\u2019s Mill and it was winter,\u201d Barlow recalled. \u201cLouise was in her eighties and she said, \u2018we can do this in Pocahontas County, in the summer.\u2019 She was on the board of directors at Pearl S. Buck Birthplace and we worked it out and started, I think in 1997. We\u2019ve been doing it ever since.\u201d\r\n\r\nThe party has grown over the years and now quilters travel from Monterey, Virginia, and all over West Virginia to attend.\r\n\r\nSadly, Barlow said the party is not for beginners looking to start quilting. It is for people who are able to quilt and have some knowledge of quilting sewing machines.\r\n\r\n\u201cThese are advanced beginner or intermediate classes,\u201d she said. \u201cWe try to tell people because I don\u2019t believe in setting people up for disappointment. You\u2019d be swamped and you would think \u2018if it\u2019s like this, I\u2019m never doing that again.\u2019 It would be a bad experience.\u201d\r\n\r\nBarlow organizes the party with Cheryl Taylor-Dean, Linda Adams and Dawna Jo Hedrick.\r\n\r\nFor the drawing, there were a total of 112 squares, so five attendees won 20 squares, enough to make a quilt top, and four won three squares to make a table runner. Quilt top winners were: Sharon Fisher, of Green Bank; Linda Adams, of Marlinton; Linda Simmons, of Hillsboro; Connie Kinzel, of Frankford; and Ann Turner, of Marlinton.\r\n\r\nWinners of the table runner squares were: Brenda Nelson, of Pence Springs; Dee Morgan, of Lewisburg; Barb Lewis Siers, of Elizabeth; and Michelle Hill, of Barboursville.