The Bellwood Quilting Bees held its November meeting this week at the Bellwood-Antis Public Library. There, they discussed their plans for spreading the Christmas spirit this year.

For this month’s gathering, members were encouraged to bring handmade Christmas gifts to show the rest of the group. There was a wide array of creative present ideas to share. Among them were decorative wall hangers in the shape of Christmas trees and snowmen. There was a variety of ornaments, from beautifully quilted stars to fantastically embroidered baubles.

Given that it was a meeting of the B-A Quilting Bees, a number of quilts were also on display. Some were festive, such as the one that featured a group of adorable snowmen. Others were more personal, like one that was made for a relative who loves sunflowers. Either way, it was clear that each one was made with dedication and skill.

Several practical gifts were also presented. Scarves were a big hit, with some suggesting that they can also be used as head wraps. One member used colorful fabric to make chapstick holders, and another brought quilted placemats.

The items were then arranged in the lobby to sell to the public, with all of the proceeds going toward the Bellwood-Antis Public Library.

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