Gallery One Ellleven in Leesville showcased the time honored tradition of quilting over the weekend as it presented quilts made by the Slagle Quilting Class put on by the Slagle Senior Center.

There were many bright colorful quilts with unique designs that have their own personality.

Quilts were hung in the gallery with care and had a wide variety of themes.

However, it was more than just a visual delight, those attending the gallery had the opportunity to have their own quilt and quilting experience.

“I stopped by Gallery One Ellleven today to visit the Slagle Quilting Club and was so impressed by all of the beautiful quilts they had on display,” said Reagan Merriman.

“They have several for sale and encouraged the public to pick up a needle and thread and learn to sew. I was able to choose my fabric and make my own quilt block today on the sewing machines as well.”

The class meets at the Senior Center in Slagle. They have been coming together and quilting since 1992.

Juanita Bolton of the Slagle Quilting Club was at the gallery and expressed her thoughts on getting the opportunity to share the tradition of quilting with the people at the gallery.

“It is an absolute thrill to show people how these quilts come together,” she said. “A lot of people may not think of quilting when they think of art but it absolutely is an art form, and it takes a lot of skill.”

Quilting is a tradition that can be dated as far back as the days of ancient Egypt. Many cultures have some form of traditional quilting styles, patterns and techniques that have been passed down for generations.

Bolton and all involved with the quilting class in Slagle are a part of keeping that tradition alive.

“We have had many people come through our doors and quilt with us over the years, and it’s a lot of fun to quilt together.”