LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Thanks to beautiful weather and the generosity of quilt lovers who shared their treasures, fce organizers have declared this sixth annual Quilt Show held during last weekend’s Spring in the Hollow to be “the best yet.”
There were more than 85 items on display, the majority of them full size quilts. There were also quilted wall hangings, table runners, pillows and a selection of other quilted items, plus afghans and antique dolls. Miller and Deloris Fulks demonstrated sewing with a hand-cranked antique sewing machine.
The quilts in the show were more than bed covers. Each was a work of art in its own right. Many came with an interesting story which was displayed with the quilt.
This year’s show received high praise for its representation of quilts from every era, from the 1800s to “just finished.”
“I love it so much, I don’t want to leave. I attend quilt shows in some of the big cities and I don’t find the high percentage of old quilts and hand-stitched quilts in those shows that you have here,” said one attendee when asked how she liked the show.
The fce organizers conservatively estimate 150 attended this year’s event. Visitors were as diverse as the quilts. They came from across Tennessee, including Chattanooga, Memphis, Fayetteville and Bell Buckle. Georgia, Michigan, Minnesota and even the United Kingdom were also represented.
There was no admission fee, but visitors were generous in their contributions to support the club’s community projects. Visitors also voted for their favorite quilt — a choice most found very difficult.
This year’s winners were:
People’s Choice — “Blooming Nine Patch” pattern, postage stamp quilt, machine stitched by Nancy Primus;
1st Place — red, white and cream “Log Cabin” pattern, hand stitched by Francis Morris;
2nd Place — “Iris Bouquet” hand stitched in 1980 by Margaret Tolley and quilted by Sue Warren;
3rd Place — “Texas Star” pattern, hand stitched by Ida VanMeter of Louisville, Ky.
The fce County Council wishes to thank all those who made this show a success, those who brought items to display, those who attended and the fce members who worked before, during and after the show.
Special thanks is always in order as well to Barbara and Art Patton, who generously allow the use of their IBIS space.
—By JUNE PUGH, MCN Correspondent