Be sure to come to the Sequoyah Quilt Show, Saturday, at the downtown Summerville Depot from 9 a.m. -3 p.m. Admission is free and you will see an array of quilts. Some are priceless treasures handmade by their ancestors. Others are modern versions quilted on a longarm machine.
“I can remember my mother and grandmother working on a quilt in the living room that was fastened to a frame hung from the ceiling. In the cold winter, they would invite friends and neighbors over and work on a quilt as they socialized and reminiscence. I tried so hard to learn, but I never could sit still long enough to develop the skill that would compete with my mother’s ten perfect stitches per inch. I learned to sew, but it was more gratifying to make my own clothes on the sewing machine. It would take months to make a quilt, and I could make a dress in a day,” Summerville resident Mary Parker said.
“Now that I have retired, I have more time to quilt, but I still can’t sit still long enough to finish one by hand. There are many quilt artists who can work with the smallest of fabrics to piece together an intricate design. You will see these quilts at the show and marvel at how they were able to select such pleasing colors and blend them all together in such wonderful patterns. Others, like myself, prefer larger quilt designs and quilting them on a longarm machine. I especially enjoy making t-shirt quilts. Taking a well-used and loved garment and turning it into a useful quilt is very satisfying,” she added.
At the show, you will be able to watch someone demonstrating hand quilting. You will be able to stop by the Quilts of Valor booth and learn what they are doing for our veterans. You will also be able to purchase a quilt. I have made various children’s quilts that will be for sale for $45 each. The proceeds will be donated to Friends of James H. “Sloppy” Floyd State Park to help fund projects to improve our park.
So be sure and come to the Sequoyah Quilt Show, Saturday, October 13, 2018 at the downtown Summerville Depot from 9:00am to 3:00pm. You will be amazed at the variety of quilts. You may get the quilting bug yourself and go home and start your own adventure. If so, come join our quilting group on the first and third Thursdays of each month at Horizon Baptist Fellowship from 10:00 to 12:00. We would be glad to help you get started.