‘Sew Native’ series highlights Missouri plants, animals
Wednesday, 10 January 2018
By Matt Decker
Assistant editor
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The Pulaski County Extension Center held the first of its free, monthly “Sew Native” classes Tuesday.

Taught by Missouri Master Naturalists, each class profiles a different plant, animal or mineral native to Missouri. At the end of each class, participants receive a quilt block patterned after the subject taught that day, which they can collect and, ultimately, fashion into a quilt if they choose.

On Tuesday, participants learned about crinoids, fossils of ancient “sea lilies” that covered the Show-Me State millions of years ago. Crinoids are so common in Missouri, in fact, that in 1989, they were made the official state fossil.

While those who missed Tuesday’s class won’t be able to get the crinoid quilt block, there are plenty of others to collect. Upcoming classes will focus on the bluebird Feb. 13, the hawthorn blossom March 13 and the dogwood tree April 10. Future classes will be held on the second Tuesday of each month through December. All classes are scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Extension Center, located at 201 North St. in Waynesville.

The bluebird is one of several Missouri species featured during the monthly “Sew Native” classes being held at the Pulaski County Extension Center in Waynesville.
Mischelle Weible with the Pulaski County Extension Center said participants can register at any time. To register, call the center at 573.774.6177.

“The purpose of the class isn’t necessarily about sewing and isn’t about the quilt block. The purpose is to teach about the Missouri native flowers, trees, fossils, birds and animals,” Weible said.

This is the third time that Missouri Master Naturalists have taught a course focused on native species through the extension.

“In 2015, they focused on native flowers, and in 2016 they did native trees,” she said. “This year, they are including flowers, plants trees and critters of all kinds that are native to Missouri.”

More information about the classes and other programs offered by the Pulaski County Extension Center is available online at extension.missouri.edu/pulaski/home.aspx.

Class topics by month:

Sew Native classes are held the second Tuesday of each month. Class topics include:

- February: Bluebird

- March: Hawthorn blossom

- April: Dogwood tree

- May: Three-toed box turtle

- June: North American bullfrog

- July: TBA

- August: Big bluestem grass

- September: TBA

- October: Bobwhite quail

- November: Galena mineral

- December: TBA

— Pulaski County Extension Center