Currently, the Guild has over 30 members and welcomes anyone with an interest in quilting, regardless of experience. Scheiter believes that mentoring new quilters is one of the most important goals of any quilt guild.

The Cabin Fever Quilt Guild, in celebrating their 30 year anniversary this September, applauds one of its founding members, Margaret Scheiter, and her lifetime of quilting achievements.

Scheiter continues to bring her love of quilting and expertise to the club, as well as supporting the many community projects of the organization. She had an early start with quilting more than 70 years ago. Her mother and aunt would quilt on a frame in their home.

A young Scheiter would be underneath the frame picking up threads, needles and pins and sometimes helping pull the needles through the home-sewn quilts. Scheiter’s mother continued teaching her to sew by hand and with the family’s treadle machine. An electric sewing machine was a welcome gift for her high school graduation.

Marriage and six children later kept Scheiter busy sewing, mostly clothing and home décor needs. She and husband Gene, were also parents to 10 foster children. Her desire to quilt “for fun” would have to wait until a nursing job and the demands of a family would subside.

That opportunity came in the 1980s, when the family moved from Tennessee to Camdenton. Her family was less demanding and it was time to expand her sewing interests. She joined with eight or so other area women to meet in the Central Bank Lake of the Ozarks’ meeting room in Osage Beach.

They formed the “Cabin Fever Quilt Guild” and set forth to improve their own quilting skills as well as to teach others this art. They found community organizations could be helped by donating some of their quilts for fundraising or to provide comfort to children who had been separated from their home.

The Guild soon outgrew the bank meeting room and continued to meet for many years in the basement of the Hope Lutheran Chapel. They also put on several quilt shows in the Camden County Museum in Linn Creek, until that space became too small.

The Cabin Fever Quilt Guild continued to grow and Scheiter contributed by being president, as well as holding other offices and committee chairs.

The community offered its support with meeting rooms in the Lake Presbyterian Church, the Camdenton United Methodist Church, The Linn Creek Baptist Church, and the Central Bank LOTO in Camdenton. The Community Christian Church provides a venue for the Guild’s quilt shows.

Currently, the Guild has over 30 members and welcomes anyone with an interest in quilting, regardless of experience. Scheiter believes that mentoring new quilters is one of the most important goals of any quilt guild.

The camaraderie that comes with sewing together, sharing new ideas, and providing hand made quilts to others in need are still the main focus of the Cabin Fever Quilters.

When the Osage Beach Senior Center was being built, one of Scheiter’s many suggestions was to hang quilts on the walls to make the large rooms more acoustically pleasing and give visual interest. Cabin Fever Quilt Guild continues to provide a new set of five seasonal quilts every three months.

Scheiter’s own gallery of quilts showcases her abilities and creativity. Her eclectic style ranges from traditional to modern. A beautiful quilt made from her mother’s handkerchiefs rests beside one that used “flower pounding” for the printed fabric. Her quilts have won awards in the Dogwood Festival quilt shows.

The walls of their home are decked with wildly-colored art quilts and modern quilt hangings. She has given away over 50 quilts to friends and family. In addition to teaching her own daughters to sew, she continues teaching her grandchildren, as well. Though now confined to a wheel chair, and battling Parkinson's disease, she points out that “quilting is a wonderful lifelong hobby, because I can still work with my hands!”

Every quilter has a story and expertise to share.  

Want to hear and/or learn more? Meet quilters at the October 14, 2017, Cabin Fever Quilt Show, Community Christian Church, Camdenton. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission.