The stars aligned this summer allowing Waynesville High School students to take an apparel, textiles and fashion (sewing) course during summer school.

Eighteen WHS students enrolled in the course, led by Dawn Wilking, WHS English teacher, and volunteer Dana Moore, a junior high math teacher at St. James.

“Quilts were once created out of necessity for cold climate survival, but in recent years, there has been a renaissance of interest in quilting as both a nod to its historical significance and as a form of artistic expression.”

The Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton, Mo., generously donated fabric, including charm packs, layer cakes and jelly rolls. Omnigrid and Missouri Star also donated 60 each of Omnigrid rulers, cutting mats, 6 X 24 rulers, 3X16 rulers and rotary cutters with an estimated value of $1,000.

Wilking and Moore attended the Missouri Star Academy in Hamilton on June 7 and 8 before teaching the course during the last two weeks of June.

“Attending the academy provides more opportunities to learn new techniques for sewers and quilters,” Wilking said. “I attended a class on pre-printed batting by the company June Tailor and they very kindly donated enough batting for 18 students to make a 6-piece block, placemats and a lap quilt. Omnigrid also gave a class there, and that is how we received those supplies. Because of the donations, our students had a variety of fabric choices and opportunities to produce multiple projects that they were able to keep at the end of the course.”