Bits and Pieces Quilt Show
to host 15th annual quilt show
of local quilts
to raise money for area scholarships
Lela Jane Bradshaw
Janet McMahan started quilting about 40 years ago, but
she had given it up for almost 20 years. Then, the member of the Jefferson
County Extension Homemakers found inspiration to return to her quilting
needles: I picked it up again when we had our first quilt show.
Homemakers Janet McMahan, Anna
Bella, and Alma Spillman show the quilt
that will be raffled at this years
Bits and Pieces Quilt Show.
Now McMahan, of Madison, finds herself working to inspire
the love of quilting in others as she serves as co-chair with Hanovers
Alma Spillman for the 15th annual Bits and Pieces Quilt Show. Over those
years she says of the show, We have grown, each year is different.
The Bits and Pieces Quilt Show will take place April 18-19 at the Jefferson
County Fairgrounds, located on State Road 256 in Madison. The show will
run from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day and is $2 for admission. The
show typically draws about 200 people a year to view the 60 to 100 quilts
that tend to be displayed.
Money raised from the show goes toward the three $300 scholarships awarded
to Jefferson County high school seniors who plan to entire health or
home economic related careers.
Quilters and quilt collectors are invited to bring their quilts to the
fairgrounds on Friday, April 17, between 9 a.m. 1 p.m. to take part
in the show. There is no charge to enter a quilt, and participants may
bring as many as they would.
Its local, so we do have a lot of people who are local who
like to participate, says McMahan.
People come from all around, she continues, listing Salem,
New Albany, and North Vernon as hometowns of showers and visitors. Showers
may bring quilts they have made themselves, or ones that they have collected
over the years and would like to share with the community. Quilts of
all sizes, ages, patterns, and techniques are welcome to be shown.
Both McMahan and Spillman highlight the variety in the types of quilts
presented at the show. People will bring in all different kinds
of quilts, says McMahon, There are new ones each year.
The Bits and Pieces Show offers the perfect venue for quilters of all
levels of experience to present their work to the public. Spillman explains
that the quilts represent crafters of all degrees of knowledge.
Visitors can see everything from a sewers first quilt displaying
an experimentation with techniques to masterful art quilts reflecting
the quilters decades of practice. Unlike several shows that require
the quilts to have been completed in the past year or so, Bits and Pieces
encourages participants to bring in antique quilts and family heirlooms,
as well as pieces recently completed. Visitors to the show will have
the opportunity to vote for a Viewers Choice Award. The winners
of these awards usually receive gift certificates to Madison quilt shops
L&L Yard Goods and Margies Country Store.
Visitors to the show will also have a chance to add a quilt to their
own decor through a raffle quilt completed by six members of the Jefferson
County Extension Homemakers. This years raffle quilt is a full-sized
bed quilt in the Coventry Cross pattern.
We started it around the first of June, and finished in January,
McMahan explains of the work that went into the raffle quilt. The quilt
top the brightly patterned section of the quilt was
sewn together on a machine. The quilting stitches that hold the layers
of the quilt together and add dimension and texture were done by hand.
For those interested in creating their own masterpiece, vendors will
be on hand selling quilting supplies. This years vendors will
include Sharons Quilt Shop and the Quilted Dragonfly. Aspiring
or accomplished quilters are also invited to join in the Jefferson County
Extension Homemakers quilting group that meets in Hanover. Anna Bella,
who has been quilting for more than 50 years and worked on the raffle
quilt, says the group offers A learning experience every time
I come. Its just a really nice group of ladies.
For more information or to get involved in the
Jefferson County Extension Homemakers quilting group, call (812) 265-8919.
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