‘Bits & Pieces Quilt Show’

Area quilters to show off
their handiwork at upcoming show

Jefferson County Homemakers
organize event each year

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

(April 2012) – When she began quilting years ago, Dorothy Canada relied upon the old adage: Waste not, want not. Throughout her long interest in quilting, she has used a variety of scraps of different types of fabric to craft hand-made quilts.
“I use whatever is available,” said Canada, 76. She even went through a phase of using old blue jeans for scrap quilting pieces.
“I like scrap pieces,” she said. Canada is currently stitching a T-shirt quilt. She mainly machine pieces and quilts, saying she doesn’t have “much patience” when it comes to sitting still and quilting for hours at a time as some quilters are known for doing.

Janet McMahan, Lisa Kramer

Photo by Darrel Taylor

From left, Janet McMahan and Lisa
Kramer display a quilt that will be
on display at the upcoming Quilt
Show in Madison, Ind. Dorothy Canada
also helped work on the quilt.

Canada began quilting because it was “just something I wanted to do.” She took a long break from quilting to raise six children, but when she became an empty nester, she took up the hobby again.
She joined the Saluda Homemakers group, which falls under the Jefferson County Extension Homemakers. She joined the homemakers group because of the “kindness of the people,” she said. “They took an interest.”
Born in Switzerland County, Ind., Canada has lived her entire life in Madison. Although she prefers making Crazy Quilts, her favorite pattern to replicate is the Cathedral Window, an old-fashioned patchwork design consisting of many arcs, circles, diamonds and sometimes squares.
Canada is a past county president of the Homemakers, from which she has learned a lot. “Purdue is good at giving lessons,” she said in reference to what she has experienced thorough the extension office.
There is so much more knowledge out there now than when I began, she said. “This is what young people are missing out on.”
Canada has been a long-time participant of the Bits & Pieces Quilt Show, an event sponsored by the Jefferson County Extension Office. Now in its 17th year, the quilt show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 14-15 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Community Building, located on State Road 256 in Madison.
“On Friday, April 13, we will take in quilts that will be in the show,” said Homemaker member Lisa Kramer. “There is no charge to show a quilt and it can be any type quilt, antique or new, machine or hand-stitched.”
As an added bonus, quilting vendors will be on hand selling items such as fabrics, books and quilting accessories, said Kramer, who has been a Homemaker member since 2004. An admission fee of $2.50 is charged, with proceeds contributing to three scholarships the Homemakers award annually to Jefferson County High School Seniors in the amount of $300 each.
The quilt show was begun by Alma Spillman and various other ladies who loved to quilt and for the benefit of the scholarships, said Kramer. Anyone can enter and does not need to be a member of a Homemakers organization.
The show has been successful due to the “hard work and perseverance of homemakers,” said Janet McMahan, Bits & Pieces Quilt Show chairperson. A quilt will be raffled off on Sunday, April 15. Tickets are $1 each or six tickets for $5.
In the past the show has displayed “as many as 80 quilts and as few as 60,” said McMahan, who also teaches quilting classes through the Extension Office. Based on the number of public votes a quilt receives, a Viewers Choice award will be presented.
As to membership in the Homemakers organization, “Our numbers are dwindling,” said McMahan. This quilt show is also an effort for Homemakers to attract younger members to the group. She said the group has a wide variety of members ranging in age from ladies in their early 40s to late 80s.

• For more information, contact Lisa Kramer at (812) 265-1809 or (812) 866-2052.

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