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January 8, 2012






Clubs and Such

BNI (Business Network International) - Cedar Creek Professionals - meets every Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. at Comfort Suites, located at U.S. Hwy. 175 and TX 198 in Mabank. Larry Williams (903) 887-2847 or

Boy Scout Troop #398 meets at the Cedar Creek Bible Church from 7-8:30 p.m. each Tuesday. (903) 498-5725 or (903) 498-3830.

Cedar Creek Art Society meets from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the last Thursday of each month at the Mabank Volunteer Fire Department. A $3 donation per artist is asked.

Cedar Creek Domino Club meets each Wednesday morning at the KC Senior Citizen Center, 405 W. Walnut in Mabank. (903) 887-6549 or (903) 887-1514.

Cedar Creek NAR-ANON meets at 8 p.m. on Thursday at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.

Cedar Creek Narcotics Anonymous meets at 8 p.m., Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, at 715 S. Hwy. 274, Ste. D in Seven Points. (903) 432-2405.

Cedar Creek 49ers Club meets every Thursday for fellowship and dancing. Doors open at 6 p.m. The club is located off Arnold Hill Road in Seven Points. (903) 432-3552.

Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Wednesday at The Jalapeno Tree in Gun Barrel City, except the second week of the month, when the club meets Thursday in conjunction with the area chamber of commerce.

Cedar Creek Optimist Club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Dairy Queen in Seven Points. Danny Hampel at (903) 778-4508.

Cedar Creek Republican Club meets every fourth Thursday. (903) 887-4796.

Cedar Creek Rotary Club meets at noon each Friday at Vetoni’s Italian Restaurant. Dee Ann Owens at (903) 340-2415.

Disabled American Veterans Chapter 101 meets the second Monday of each month at the Senior Citizens Center on Hwy. 31 in Athens.

Girl Scout Troop #112 meets at the First United Methodist Church in Mabank on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. Contact Kathey Brown email or (800) 422-2260 or visit

GriefShare Recovery support group meets at 7 p.m. each Tuesday at Cedar Creek Church of God, located at 142 Rodney Dr., Gun Barrel City. (903) 887-0293.

Gun Barrel Quilter’s Guild meets from 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. (903) 451-4221.

Kaufman County Republican Women’s Club meets the third Saturday of each month at the Farm Bureau Insurance Company, located at 2477 N. Hwy. 34 in Kaufman. (972) 287-1239 or (903) 880-6770.

Kemp Kiwanis Club meets at noon each Thursday at La Fuente Mexican Restaurant in Kemp. Dr. Jim Collinsworth at (903) 887-7486.

Lake Area Council of the Blind meets at 6 p.m. on the second Saturday of the month at West Athens Baptist Church.

Mabank Al-Anon Family Group meets at 6 p.m. on Thursdays at Mabank First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Families of alcoholics are welcome. (903) 887-2781.

Mabank/Cedar Creek Area Lions Club meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Wednesday of each month at the Tri-County Library in Mabank. (903) 887-5252.

Mabank Garden Club meets at 1:45 p.m. at the Tri-County Library on the third Tuesday of every month (different times in May and December).

Mabank TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) meets at 5:30 p.m. Monday at Mabank First Baptist Church. (903) 887-7700 or (903) 451-0126.

Oak Harbor/Tanglewood Crime Watch meets at 7 p.m. on the second Tuesday of the month at the R.T. Beamguard Community Center in Oak Harbor.

Rainbow Girls, Masonic Youth organization meets on the second and fourth Saturdays at 10 a.m. at the Cedar Creek Masonic Lodge. Donna Dean at ddean45@

Roddy Masonic Lodge meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday each month. (903) 887-6201.

RootSeekers meet at 7 p.m. on the third Monday of the month in the Tri-County Library in downtown Mabank.

Southeast Kaufman County Senior Citizens Center Board of Directors meets at 1 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at the center, located at 300 N. Dallas Street in Kemp. (903) 498-2140.

Tamarack Ladies Club meets at 11 a.m. the first Wednesday of each month at the TLC Hall.

Trinity Valley Community College Band meets at 7 p.m. every Tuesday in the TVCC band hall. Group is open to any community member who plays an instrument. (903) 675-6222.

Trinity Valley Singles Support Group meets at 7 p.m. each Monday at Athens First United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Lovers Lane. This is a support group for singles of all ages. Jean Love at (903) 451-4697 or Donna Stinson (903) 675-7270.


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Lake Life


Woman turns hobby into career
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

MABANK–Quilting is as old as our nation and even older, as housewives sewed scraps of material together, often from worn out clothing, to make a coverlet over a warm padded filling.
Mabank resident Dee Oliver learned to quilt as a very young girl and then took it up again as a grown woman, approximately 30 years ago.
“I learned to quilt at my grandmother’s knee in Wetumka, Okla.” she said.
“Grandmother lived about a quarter of a mile from our house,” she said, adding she would run to her grandmother’s house every chance she got.
She moved to Texas in the mid-80s, and has been here ever since.
Dee and her husband, Tommy Willis Oliver, have been married six years.
Oliver has developed her own method of quilting, allowing her to finish a quilt a lot faster than the more traditional way.
When asked to recall her most special quilt, she responded quickly, “They are all special.”
However, some are unique in her memory.
“I made three quilts for Alene Gibbs, using her late husband’s neckties,” she said.
“Then for Andrea (Pickens), I made a quilt from ties she collected from senators.
Another woman who lost her husband in the first week in July, brought her husband’s clothing to Dee.
“Since the middle of July I have made 25 quilts out of that man’s clothing,” Dee explained.
To illustrate her point she showed a stack of the folded, completed quilts.
Materials for quilts can be quite varied, she explained.
“I prefer the polyester/cotton blends, cotton and vintage material,” Dee said. And speaking of vintage, she will also repair vintage quilts.
Dee explained vintage materials consist of the older fabrics, those once used to sack meal, flour, sugar and other goods, like animal feed.

Monitor Photo/Barbara Gartman
The Quilt Lady, Dee Oliver, displays a work in progress, Girl in a Sun Bonnet quilt. The huge sewing machine, designed for quilting, rides back and forth on a bar as it quilts the material and backing together. Shelves are full of material and finished quilts for sale.

In the days of the old cotton sacks, the material, printed in floral designs and other patterns, was often used to make clothing for the family, curtains and, of course, quilts. The plain, white cotton sacks were used mostly for children’s and ladies’ undergarments and tea towels.
One such vintage sack she has collected held the flour from 38th Texas Governor, M. Price Daniel’s flour mill. It has his name and logo.
Her quilt creations begin around $200 and go not up, but down.
“I don’t try to make a lot. I do it mostly for the pleasure I get from making a quilt,” she said.
Her work area is surrounded with shelves loaded with stacks of material. Her quilts are displayed around the approximately 50 x 150 foot room.
“My shop is not real fancy but it is set up to my convenience,” Dee said, adding she designed the inside of the building
Another fun item she enjoys is the Internet, but it is still related to quilting.
“I get on the Internet and go to Paradise Quilting and visit with other women,” she explained.
One such “visit” resulted in a woman bringing a box of vintage material to her house and giving it to her.





















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