October is near, and along with it, the leaves begin to turn rich colors, orchards and gardens overflow with fruits and vegetables, the Farmer’s Market is piled with produce, the days are a tad cooler, we begin to plan for the soon-to-be holidays, Halloween and pumpkins, turkey and all the trimmings. We dream of gathering together, even thoughs of a cold, cold winter intrude, and we dream of keeping warm, sleeping in, under a pile of quilts.
But this day the primary thought fall brings is the 34th Annual Quilt Show sponsored by the Corsicana Piecemaker’s Quilt Guild, set to begin Oct. 6.
All the creativity, diligence, planning and excitement culminates in the magic of quilts as the Piecemaker’s reaps its crops. Quilts made by the guild and the members will be joined by quilts from people in the community for this show.
“We hope you might want to show your own quilting endeavors or your mother’s or grandmother’s or great aunt’s, from old to new,” said Lea Neyfeldt, guild member.
Quilts in the show may tell a story: a scrap quilt made perhaps of fabrics worn by the maker during her life; school dresses, christening dress, a favorite sun-suit, the poodle skirt she wore to the sock hop, Sunday-go-to-meeting dress, a scrap of her wedding dress, her child’s favorite pajamas, her mother’s favorite silk scarf. Perhaps a quilt made of a husband’s shirts (or boxer shorts!); or a pieced top quilted in a hospital room while sitting with a dear brother going through weeks of chemo.
The quilts may be made by friends while chatting and joking; or the found quilt top, so deserving of being finished for that unknown person (or distant relative) who eked out a piece of art from a slew of tiny bits, all by hand with a precious needle and spool of thread, how could it not be quilted? Then there are the quilts your grandmother piled on you all the way up to your nose as the first Texas blue norther of the season hit, howling through the cracks of the walls of the old farm house and she kept piling them on until you said you were warm enough.
“There’s more magic in quilting,” she said. “It’s at the quilt shop, all quilt shops, a place you go to spend hours looking at fabrics, reveling in color and design, fabric made to be touched and used like a palette of oil paints or pastels. Fabric that makes you find the places in your dreams. We are drawn to it.”
Magic is finding that old quilt or quilt top in the back sale room of an antique store and rescuing it from its indignities.
“Magic is going to our monthly handquilting bees, baring our souls, laughing, gossiping, commiserating, solving the problems of the world ... and quilting our hearts out,” Neyfeldt said. “Magic is different people and ideas and lives coming together for the love of doing something in common.”
Piecemaker’s Quilt Guild meets each first Monday of the month at Westhill Church of Christ, at 9:30 a.m. There is coffee, conversation, quilting, and usually lunch. There are weekend retreats throughout the year members may participate in. There are programs, classes and workshops.
There are also service projects, such as Quilts of Valor, to show appreciation to wounded veterans. Children’s quilts and pillow carry-alls and cases were made for kids in need. Three raffle quilts were produced for Navarro County Relay for Life to aid in their fundraising in 2014, as well as other service projects.
“To support these charitable projects and programs, donation tickets are sold by members to the public at the Quilt Show, for a quilt made entirely by the guild and handquilted throughout the annual show,” she said. “The 2014 quilt will be displayed at the show until the last day of exhibition, at which time someone very lucky will win it.”
Entries for 2014 show will be received at the Warehouse Thursday, Oct. 2 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
What: Piecemaker’s Quilt Guild 34th Annual Quilt Show
Where: Warehouse Living Arts Center Gallery, 119 W. Sixth Ave.
When: Opens Oct. 6 through Oct. 31
Times: Mon-Fri 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Judge: Alice Wilhoit
For more information, email pqgcorsicana.com
A number of classes will be offered at the Warehouse during the show, and since space is limited you must pre-register. To register for a class email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Classes offered during Quilt Show:
Oct. 7 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sewing machine cover and organizer
Oct. 9 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beach Towel
Oct. 11 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feather Weight 101
Oct. 11 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “The Scissor Man,” bring all your scissors by to sharpen
Oct. 14 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Basic knitting or crocheting
Oct. 16 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Car trash bag
Oct. 18 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Basic quilt making Part 1 (Beginners will make a table runner)
Oct. 20 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Needle Niche Quilt Shop from Athens will have a mini-store
Oct. 22 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Arm chair sewing caddie
Oct. 23 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Basic quilt making Part 2
Oct. 28 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drawstring backpack