Glasgow Daily Times, Glasgow, KY

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March 17, 2014

Quilters Day Out: Piecing it all together

‘Friends’ host quilt show for community

GLASGOW — Beulah Smith’s husband was a cemetery grounds-keeper.

When the flowers wilted to the point that he needed to dispose of them, he took the satin ribbons home to his wife, who transformed them into a quilt in 1951. That quilt, which has made its way to Polly Spillman, a great-niece of Smith’s, was among those displayed Saturday at Quilters’ Day Out.

Quilting Friends, a special-interest club of the Barren County Homemakers and an affiliate of the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society, hosts the gathering every other year in Glasgow. The five-hour event at the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service building featured many delights for those interested in making – or just appreciating – quilts.

Demonstrations started every half hour or so, ranging from microwave oven bowl mitts and pillow cases to quilt bindings and reverse applique.

Vendors had dozens of back issues of quilting magazines and other wares related to the craft, including a computerized quilting machine that participants were encouraged to “test drive.”

In addition, a special KHQS exhibit was on hand.

Brenda Leftwich, a past president of KHQS, said it has become tradition for the outgoing president  to issue a themed challenge to the organization’s members. The quilts they produce in response to that challenge travel the state for a year and are then returned to their creators at the annual meeting in June.

Last year, Claire Hundley of Lexington issued the challenge to “remember a new box of crayons,” and dozens of quilters cast their own interpretation into stitchwork on colorful fabrics.

Area residents will have another chance to view that particular display, as it will be at the South Central Kentucky Cultural Center from March 25 to April 4, Leftwich said.

She and fellow Quilting Friends member Leah Groenwald said they were pleased with the turnout of more than 100 people, thought to be the second-largest for the Glasgow event.

At least three surrounding counties were represented, and nearly all the dozen members of the Holy Spirit Quilters in Bowling Green attended, including Joan Neighbors and Barbara Eadens, who were happy to share information about the projects their guild has done.

Neighbors and Eadens were among the group who watched Groenwald demonstrate a method for finishing quilt bindings. Eadens, who made her first quilt when she got married almost 50 years ago and has been at it ever since, said she doesn’t usually do it that way, but she thought she would give it another shot.

Mary Alice Yokley and Candy Shirley, both of Edmonton, said it was their first year going to the event.

“They announced it at our homemakers’ club the other night, and we both had an interest, so we decided we’d make an adventure of it today,” Shirley said.

Being there inspired her to want to go home and start a quilt, she said.

Pat Brown of Cave City and Martha Nelson swapped stories about how their mothers had stored quilts by simply placing them four and five deep on beds. They remembered crawling underneath the covers and how warm they always were.

“That’s really the best way to store them,” Brown said.

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