The Walnut Valley Quilters Guild will meet at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at the United Methodist Church, 2448 Edgemont Dr., in Arkansas City.

The group is excited to welcome Dalene McDonald as WVQG January speaker. McDonald will present “Designing your Own Fabric.” She and her husband own and operate two sewing machine stores in Arkansas City and Wichita.

As a child, McDonald could hand embroider before she could write her name. She spent many hours with her grandmother, who kept her busy with hand work and many boxes of scraps and a treadle sewing machine. She continued hand work for several years and began using the family sewing machine after home economics class in school.

Playing the piano led to a piano performance and music education degree. She moved to California, holding a position as corporate librarian at Stanford University spanning 30 years. Due to family issues, McDonald returned to Kansas and positions as teacher and librarian at Emporia State. During her tenure at Emporia, McDonald jointed a quilt guild and began quilting.

The Arkansas City Public Library director position became available and she met Patrick McDonald. Together they operate two sewing machine stores, teaching machine owner’s classes, quilt project classes and more. Her last two years of full-time sewing has been very rewarding.

Walnut Valley Quilters Guild consists of members from several counties in South Central Kansas and North Central Oklahoma. Monthly meetings are the second Monday of the month and include programs on quilting. A meeting schedule, in addition to membership information is at or email

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