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Silt needlework group a circle of friends

Post Independent Photo/Kara K. PearsonEdna Sample works on her cathedral window pillow top while visiting with the women in the Silt needlework group at the Silt Historical Park Friday afternoon. The group has met every Friday for the past five years.
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The ladies of the Silt needlework group piece together friendships like fabric for a quilt that remains unfinished.”We’ve been friends forever,” group member Alice Boulton said. “I’ve known Bonnie (Grant) since she was a twinkle in her father’s eye.””Forever is right,” said Edna Sample, as she sewed together a cathedral window for a quilt or pillow top. The Silt needlework group meets from 1:30-4 p.m. Fridays at the Silt Historical Park. A typical meeting comprises four or five women ranging in age from 40 to 80.

“It’s kind of a catch-up time for us,” said the 42-year-old Grant, who works for Century 21 in Rifle when she’s not volunteering at the Silt Historical Park and needleworking on Fridays. “You never know who we’ll have up here.”The women started the club five years ago intending to create a quilt. Members have completed various sweater-, shawl- and scarf-sewing projects, but no quilt to date.”We have never done the quilt,” Boulton said. “It’s like the book I started 20 years ago about the history of Silt. I should give up, but I haven’t.”Every Friday, members of the Silt needlework group knit or sew while talking about their families, current events and out-of-state trips – or the lack thereof.

“I don’t travel. That’s one thing I don’t like to do,” said 83-year-old Katy King, who lives in Rifle and is a former school bus driver. “I just like to stay around home.”Sample, who, like King, recently moved to Rifle, said she enjoys traveling, although she has spent much of her life as a rancher’s wife in New Castle. She spoke of a recent vacation to Savannah, Ga., and past travels to the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico to visit her retired father. “When I was first married, we owned the Samples Jersey Dairy. My husband delivered milk door to door in New Castle,” said Sample, who was married for 62 years. “In 1955, we sold the dairy farm, and had a sheep, cattle and general farming ranch. I also worked for the Garfield County Library for 15 years.”Boulton has also spent her life in Garfield County and was married for 65 years before her husband, John, passed away in September.”My husband was a cattle rancher, and we had two children. When my daughter was little we had the drug store in town.” she said. “Bonnie’s parents and my kids were best friends.”



Not only has Grant known Boulton for many years, but Sample also shares a deep-rooted connection to the recent widower. “We’re almost family,” Boulton said. “One of my husband’s cousins is married to Edna’s sister-in-law’s family.””When my parents first came here they knew Alice’s parents,” Sample said. “It’s an old family tie. We all know people who tie us together.”Although the Silt needleworkers are longtime family friends, they welcome newcomers and hope they embrace the group’s camaraderie.

“People come and people go,” Grant said. “You never know what you’re going to get.”With a little help, maybe the ladies will surprise themselves by finishing their dream quilt.Contact April E. Clark: 945-8515, ext. 518aclark@postindependent.com


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