DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Some say it’s a lost art, but at Landmark Park each year, quilting takes center stage.
More than a dozen women gathered at Landmark Park for the weekend for the annual quilt retreat.
"When I first began, I would piece and my mother and mother-in-law would do the hand-quilting for me, and of course when they passed, I had to learn,” said Quilter Cynthia Hicks
And learn she did. After learning from her mother, Hicks has been making quilts for the last several years.
No matter how many quilts she makes, she's always ready to start another.
"I just love all the creation of it, and I tell all my friends that it's a stress reliever from my regular job,” said Hicks.
While everyone's quilts were of their own style, the common theme for the retreat was miniatures.
"A common block is 12 inches, so when we bring that down to three inches, it's bringing in that scale,” said Quilt Retreat Instructor Sherry Burkhalter. “You could do six or nine and that would still be making it smaller."
Some of the women have been making quilts for years and started taking on new techniques, like fussy cutting.
Others were just starting out.
"The people who have been doing this a long time are very helpful to us people that just started,” said New Quilter Marty Tucker. “It makes a big difference. Nobody says, 'Ah, you can't do that.' Everybody is helpful and that's nice. That makes it easier."
Some of the quilts will be used as blankets, others will be hung as decorations and for Cynthia, her quilts make great gifts that can become family heir looms.
"I made a t-shirt quilt for my granddaughter for Christmas, so she's got things from her high school in a way that she can keep them,” said Hicks.
Now that the retreat is over, they will be looking forward to the Landmark Park quilt show in October.
Landmark Park is looking for 200 Alabama-themed quilts for that event, in honor of the bicentennial.
You can find information on how to submit a quilt on the Landmark Park website: