Downtown business celebrates 2nd anniversary with charity event on Saturday

Photo courtesy Diana Buckley.
Seldom Seen Quilting Studio will celebrate its second anniversary on Saturday, Apr. 4 with a charity event. Owner, Diana Buckley, said "Charity work is a big part of what quilters do, and it's a big part of what the studio does."

WAXAHACHIE — A local small business, Seldom Seen Quilting Studio, will celebrate its second anniversary by hosting a "Charity Stitch-a-thon" on Saturday, April 4, 2015. The studio is located inside My Father's House Antiques at 308 S. Rogers in downtown Waxahachie.

"Charity work is a big part of what quilters do, and it's a big part of what the studio does," says studio owner, Diana Buckley. "Quilts are a powerful way of sharing good will and promoting healing."

According to Buckley, the Creative Quilters Guild of Ellis County makes quilts for chemo and dialysis patients at the VA Hospital and supports the prenatal program at Hope Clinic by making receiving blankets and tote bags. The Bluebonnet Patches, a Dallas guild Friendship Group that meets in Ennis, participates in Covers for Kids.

The Cedar Hill Quilt Guild, where Buckley is a member of the board, makes quilts and knitted or crocheted stocking caps for Children's Hospital, which is also a favored charity of Stitchin' for Angels, a volunteer group at Oak Crest Baptist Church in Midlothian.

"Here at the studio, we started saving our small, otherwise useless scraps to make beds for cats and dogs, and it has become popular with all the quilters," Buckley said. "We donate them to Meals on Wheels of Johnson and Ellis Counties for their Ani-Meals program, to the Ellis County SPCA, and to a pet rescue organization in Cedar Hill."

On Saturday, her studio's two 10-foot quilting frames will be loaded with donated quilt tops, where Buckley and her friend Trudy Coker of Midlothian will be overseeing various volunteer quilters throughout the day.

"We have several sewing machines and a serger available also," said Buckley. "So volunteers can work on the pet beds, Christmas stockings for Children's Hospital, or diaper totes for Hope Clinic."

Seldom Seen Quilting Studio is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. No reservations are needed and there is no cost to participate in the charity work day.

For more information, contact Buckley at seldomseenquilting@gmail.com or 972-921-6715.