and Pieces Quilt Show
enters its 16th year in Madison
McMahan to display
her new creation at show
Helen E. McKinney
(April 2011) As a seasoned quilter, names
like Jacobs Ladder, Broken Dishes, Dolly Madisons
Star, Tumbling Block and Cupids Own
are all familiar to Janet McMahan. She will enter her own Twisted
Ninepatch in the upcoming Bits & Pieces Quilt Show
in Madison, Ind.
by Don Ward
left, quilter Janet McMahan and
Lisa Kramer display a quilt made by
McMahan for the upcoming Bits and
Pieces Quilt Show, set for
April 9-10 in Madison.
Sometimes the names are as fascinating as the stitch work.
They bridge an association between the quilt and the women who created
them. Ive always loved to sew, said McMahan, 76. Its
in my blood.
McMahan learned to sew from her mother and took up quilting on her own.
A former resident of Ohio, she had done little quilting before moving
to Madison. She took a few quilting lessons and then joined a group
of women who were beginning to piece a quilt for the first Bits &
Pieces Quilt Show held in Madison.
She watched as many quilting programs as she could and took quilting
classes to pick up any tips and ideas that would help me learn
what to do, she said.
McMahan has been a member of the Jefferson County Extension Homemakers
for 18 years. She belongs to the Smyrna Homemakers and is planning to
teach classes through the Extension office during the summer.
All five of the local Jefferson County Extension Homemakers clubs are
joining forces to present the 16th annual Bits & Pieces Quilt Show.
The display will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 9-10 at the Jefferson
County Fairgrounds Community Building, located on State Road 256 in
Approximately 100 to 120 quilts will be on display, said Lisa Kramer,
the Homemakers president. We will take in quilts from 9
a.m. to noon Friday, April 8, she said.
We encourage people from all over to enter. We even have some
heirloom quilts dating from the Civil War, Kramer said.
Quilt vendors will have booths set up as well as a Homemakers table
for members to sell books, fabrics, buttons and other notions they no
longer need or can use. The first 25 people on Saturday and Sunday
will receive a hand-crafted tote bag that our members made, said
A hand-made quilt will be raffled off with the funds going toward three
scholarships the Homemakers award each year in the amount of $300 each.
The quilt was made using the quilt block pattern, Ohio Star,
and earth-tone colors were used, said McMahan. A simple quilt to piece,
Ohio Star features an eight-point star in a lively design.
We received the quilt squares to start it with from a district
meeting, she said. Our group needed money for scholarships,
so we took the leftover fabric from previous projects to make this quilt.
The admission fee of $2.50 will benefit the Homemakers scholarship funds.
Five times a day door prizes will be given out, said Kramer.
In addition, a Viewers Choice award will be given out based on
attendees selection of which quilt they like the best.
Kramer has been president of the Jefferson County Extension Homemakers
since June 2010, and held the positions of secretary and treasurer before
that. She has been with the Homemakers since moving to Madison in 2004.
Kramer became involved through her mother, Ruth Kramer, a past county
president. My mother has been a member since the 1950s,
she said. She got me into it.
Kramer said her mother taught her how to quilt. Her mother had begun
a quilt when Kramer was born, and last year Kramer pieced the quilt
top and quilted it. She said the Homemakers will be advertising and
booking booth space at the Bits & Pieces Quilt Show for a fall Christmas
Craft Show that they hope to hold on Nov. 12 at the Fairgrounds.
For more information, contact Lisa Kramer
at (812) 265-1809 or (812) 866-2052.
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