The biennial quilt show held by the Wandering Star Quilt Club on March 19 had a patriotic theme this year.

There were stars and stripes in abundance at Chillas Hall as a dozen quilters vied for the blue ribbon in this year’s specialty competition themed “Americana Challenge.” First place went to Aline Craig for a 63-inch by 54-inch masterpiece. Othelia Clark took the red ribbon for her red, white and blue “Twister” quilt and third place was awarded to Donna Briesacker for her quilt entitled “Yes, we can, America.”

A magnificent red, white and blue flag-inspired creation was raffled off and went home with Judi Cook of Apalachicola who said she had been praying all day to win it. Club members sold more than $1,000 worth of raffle tickets.

Briesacker demonstrated sewing techniques throughout the day.

Dozens of quilts both old and new were on display. Once again Roberta Clay explained the finer points of a stack of vintage bed coverings from the first half of the 20th century. She pointed out how the colors of the quilts gave a clue to their age, with quilts from the 1960s and 1970s displaying brighter colors and bold prints as opposed to the flowery pastels favored in the 1930s.

Among the more unusual offerings were a “Salute to Grandpa” created in the 1950s from wool cloth scavenged from “grandpa’s” old suits by Violet McCollum, Wanda Luckey-Johnson’s paternal grandmother. There was also a lovely crocheted bedspread given to Carole Lawlor by her grandmother as a gift on her second birthday during the 1930s.

Several of the more unusual new quilts were Othelia Clark’s cream and black “zipper” quilt; a “wedding ring” quilt pieced from 1930s material by Briesacker for her daughter; a Gibson Girl cowgirl quilt entitled “Girls just want to have fun” by Mary Eisele; and a beautiful hand-pieced quilt created by Briesacker from material stashed by the late Gene Sewell.

More than 120 visitors passed through the doors of Chillas Hall to attend the popular event and many purchased fine handwork fashioned by club members.

To view a gallery of pictures taken at the quilt show visit – By LOIS SWOBODA