Quilt guild celebrates 32nd annual show

Monday, September 30, 2019

The quilter takes the needle and starts to sew not just an ordinary piece of fabric, but layers of fabric built into one, telling a story that the eyes of the curious see the images to, yet will never know the hidden meaning behind it.

Patrons study quilts displayed at the 32nd annual Quilt Show hosted by Country Patchwork Quilt Guild this past weekend.
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Quilts of every size and every color were lined up inside the Martin Community Center for the Country Patchwork Quilt Guild’s 32nd annual Quilt Show on Saturday, Sept. 28, and Sunday, Sept. 29.

With the help of the Marshall Chamber of Commerce, along with the Marshall Tourism, the guild members were able to create this year’s theme — Love of Color.

The two-day event left many people in awe as they marveled at the variety of incredible color and talent on display. The colors were so bright, almost as bright like flowers which bloom in the spring.

The quilts ranged not just from large to small, but other categories like crazy to hand quilted, art to mini.

Each and every one was unique in its own special way.

For people who are non-quilters, it is always a fascinating sight to see what others can do and how they choose to tell their stories — past, present, and future, as well.

From Irma Brown’s “Blue Cheese Night” to Sarah Dodds’ “Carpenter Square” there was so many to choose from, yet in the end the patrons had to vote and decide which ones they liked the best.

Veterans Jerry Smith (left) and Roy Sims (right) stand with American Legion and VFW representative Steve Olson. Smith and Sims were two of four veterans who received Quilts of Valor during the two-day quilt show hosted by Country Patchwork Quilt Guild.
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The most fascinating thing of all was witnessing the guild members displaying four Quilts of Valor. The significance of the Quilts of Valor is to cover veterans and service members who have had to serve in the military, navy, marines, or war. The quilts are to cover them from what patrons can presume from the past so they can heal and know the meaning of peace instead of war.

This year the guild members were proud to award these men with the Quilts of Valor: Roy Sims (served in the marines for 23 years); Jerry Smith (served in the army for 20 years); Wayne Shannon (served in the army for two years); and Tom Marsh (served in the army for two years).

Not only did the quilt show have the honor of awarding Quilts of Valor, but the show was embraced by Edie McGinnis presence, too.

The former associate editor for the Kansas City Star Quilts sat at a table with many of her quilt books and patrons who were familiar with her work, spoke to her briefly before moving on to admire other skilled, quilted work.

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