Salle Lemaire featured artist at Cookhouse Museum
Art quilter is the first artist featured this year
Thursday, February 16, 2017 1:00 AM
The Battle Mountain Cookhouse Museum reopened their doors for business this month. They welcome everyone to check out the Artist of the Month — Salle Lemaire.
Salle Lemaire is the Artist of the Month at the Battle Mountain Cookhouse Museum. She is standing by her Christmas themed quilt called “I Believe” a hand appliqué quilt that can be used as a throw or hanging.
Lemaire’s beautiful talent is piecing quilts and quilting small quilts. She said she loves all the colored fabrics that she can create fun quilts out of. She uses different techniques she has learned throughout her years of quilting — piecing with appliqué, free motion, needle turning and more.
Lemaire said she finds quilting to be therapeutic and relaxing. She also enjoys a camaraderie amongst quilters. She started the creative hobby about 30 years ago when she became a charter member of the Quilt Guild. When she retired 21 years ago, she was able to really get into it.
Lemaire said she learned to quilt from one of her first teachers, Battle Mountain local Mary Etcheverria (then Filippini). She has picked up more techniques from numerous teachers throughout the years. She also enjoys attending retreats — a modern version of the Sewing Bee.
Lemaire participates in the museum craft fairs and sells table runners and wall hangings. The Craft Fair is tentatively scheduled for May 6.
About the Quilt Guild
The Quilt Guild meets monthly and learns new quilting techniques through programs. The Quilt Guild also does community service and volunteer work at the hospital emergency department and long-term care facility. Lemaire said they make quilts for small children in the emergency room who need a little extra comfort.
The Quilt Guild raffles off quilts to fund the services they provide to the community. Lemaire said there is a quilt being made right now.
The Quilt Guild also does a Quilt Show every two years. It will be held on the first weekend of Aug. this year. The opposite year, an international teacher demonstrates a new quilting technique to the group.
Lemaire said she really enjoys being part of the Quilt Guild and enjoys the other members company.