Bits & Pieces Quilt Show
quilters to show off
their handiwork at upcoming show
organize event each year
Helen E. McKinney
(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 doesnt
have much patience when it comes to sitting still and quilting
for hours at a time as some quilters are known for doing.
by Darrel Taylor
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
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
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
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
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
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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