Quilting Marathon begins at Manna House
The Quilting Marathon has begun at the Manna House.
The annual event is held in early January each year, and women from all across the state of Kansas come for the four day event.
"I've been doing this for 20 years," said local resident Jean Buoy. "It's a nice little getaway."
Sister Jean Ann Walton lives at Manna House, and is one of this year's participants.
"It's always fun," she said as she worked away at her sewing machine.
Grace Evans came from Geneseo, a town of 267 people about 12 miles north of Lyons. Her sewing machine was set up at the table across from Jody Britt of Salina.
Across the room Mary Weber of Larned was cutting out patterns for her quilt.
"I've been coming here for years," Weber said. "I really enjoy it."
Diane Schultz of Great Bend said she was using a sewing machine as old as she was, so she was politely asked when her sewing machine was born.
"It was born in 1953," she replied with a smile.
The retreat will end on Sunday, and by then each of the participants hope to have a completed quilt.