Lil Piecemakers Quilt Guild hosted their very first quilt show, "Quilting, the golden thread that links the past to the present," on Saturday, Sept. 17.
The show was held in the old rock school building in Anutt, where the guild holds their monthly meetings. It was an amazing show by any standards but for such a young group and their first show, the ladies really outdid themselves. The whole guild helped with setting up the display and historical accent pieces, but the "overnight crew" including Minnie Clark, Karen Stout, Brenda Vandivort and Ruth Moore supplied the finishing touches making the show a truly artistic display.
There were over 100 quilts and quilted items on display. This included quite a variety of old and new, traditional and modern. Some of the old quilts that were shared included two different styles of Cathedral Window quilts. One was made by a late local resident, Leota Mansfield, in the '30s. The other was made in 1933 by E. Reed in Michigan. Both were in good condition and quite beautiful.
The oldest quilt on display was a Diamond pattern, known to be made between 1875 and 1900.
There was an Autograph Quilt made by the first Extension Club in Dent County. This wonderful old quilt belonged to Jane Durnbaugh and has now been passed to her daughter, Sue Blaylock. Most of the ladies who made these blocks are now deceased but have left behind some priceless memories.
One incredibly beautiful quilt on display brought great surprise to me. It was a lovely pattern, I don't know the name, but it looked like dogwood blossoms, made by my great-aunt, Mildred Harris. This beautiful quilt now belongs to Norah Schondelmayer, who purchased it from Aunt Mildred several years ago. Aunt Mildred passed away Oct. 7, 2008, at the age of 102, but this quilt is part of a legacy that keeps her memory and talent alive today.
There were also lots of new quilts on display. One lovely example was from guild member Minnie Clark. Who had made a beautiful quilt in shades of lilac.
"It's the first quilt I ever made," she said.
"We encouraged all of our members to display their work," said guild president Donna Hamby. "We are not the most experienced group, but we all work together to help each other out and we sure have a lot of fun."
Cleta Gibson of Rolla was the lucky winner of the raffle quilt the guild had made. They also gave away several door prizes throughout the day donated by Lucky Dollar Store of Licking, Ozarks Patchwork Peddler in Cabool, and Melear Fabrics and Uniquely Yours, both in Rolla.
Lil Piecemakers Quilt Guild was started in April of 2009. They meet the second Thursday of each month beginning at 9 a.m. Guests are welcome and membership is open to all, no matter if you are just wanting to learn, you're a skilled quilt maker, or anywhere in between.
For more information, you may contact guild president Donna Hamby at 573-435-6715 or treasurer Brenda Vandivort at 573-201-1009.