History from the hands of women

Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at 02:43 PM.

Pat Bott also brought a quilt created between 1935 and 1940 by her grandmother Annetta Feldman who died just a few years after its completion in 1943. The bowtie quilt in wonderful condition was similar to the one raffled off by the quilt club at the show. Bott restored the quilt and had it requilted.

Donna Briesacker brought a star quilt from the 1940s. It is a scrap quilt where tiny pieces of cloth were used to create a complex pattern. Perhaps the careful use of fabric reflects the austerity of the war years.

From the 1950s, quilter Gene Sewell brought a twin-sized creation featuring roses. The quilt was stitched by her sister Billie Ricketson.

Adding her own flair for history to the event, Judy Cook brought two quilts that recreated former styles. “Emily’s Quilt” is a reversible doll quilt with a rainbow pattern called “The Bars,” which Cook said is based on a quilt created by a young Amish girl. “They were allowed to sew these small quilts first, before they put their hands on the real thing,” she said.

Cook also brought a quilt entitled “Bunny Bits” created from feed sacks.

Another modern quilt with a traditional theme was “Granny Collins’ Birthday Quilt,” a collection of quilt squares each adorned with a cloth heart bearing a greeting to Granny Collins on her 91st birthday. Granny Collins is Millard Collins’ mother, Deanna Collins’ mother-in-law and Richard Kelley’s grandmother. The quilt was brought to the show by creator Marilyn Kelley.

Numerous modern quilts were also on display arranged artfully by the creators or owners.

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