Janice Wood has two passions — she quilts in the wintertime and gardens in the summer. She is apparently not alone in enjoying that combination of pastimes.
The Pratt Area Quilters Guild will present a quilt room and garden tour the evening of June 21 and the morning of the 22nd. The public is invited to purchase a ticket and choose the best time to visit five quilt and craft rooms for new and creative ideas, and enjoy beautiful handmade quilts displayed in five gardens, most with some type of water feature.
The tour is a new project for the guild, which is noted in the area for a quilt show every other year in the spring, according to member Rita Phillippi. The idea comes from a similar tour hosted by a guild in Wichita.
The local guild was able to persuade five members to "give up their privacy" and let the public into their work spaces, Phillippi said. Visitors will see where the work is created, samples of it throughout the house, as well as quilts displayed in the gardens.
Wood estimates she has made more than 100 quilts.
"You lose track, considering all those baby quilts," she commented.
The backyard is a shady oasis bordered by what Wood calls an English garden — wild, with no particular structure, of whatever she likes. Coreopsis adds a spark of color all summer, if she keeps the plants "dead-headed" (spent blooms picked off). There are daylilies, ornamental grasses, begonias, petunias and ivy.
There is no Plan B if it rains on tour days, Phillippi said — "it's not going to rain." Sewing rooms would still be open for tour, and displays would be moved inside.
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