Quilting show at HCC

April 15, 2002|BY RICHARD F. BELISLE

Purists believe a quilt is not a quilt unless it's stitched by hand. To a novice eye, it was hard to tell one made by hand from one sewn on a sewing machine among the dozens of beautiful examples hanging at Hagerstown Community College.

The Mason-Dixon Quilt and Doll Show 2002 opened Saturday and continues today in the Athletic, Recreation and Community Center at HCC.

Cherie Flannery of Mercersburg, Pa., is a traditional quilter. She didn't have a quilt at the show but she pointed to a large hand-stitched pastel made by Barbara Oyster of Hagerstown.


"There's a lot of talent here," Flannery said, as she traced a fine line of stitching on the pastel.

Many of the quilts on display at the show were made on sewing machines, a technology that came into being in the 1970s and 1980s, said Gerry Smith, an official at the show. She said quilts made on sewing machines are readily accepted today.

Smith wore white gloves, a requirement for touching quilts at the show.

It takes less than half the time to make a large quilt on a sewing machine than it does by hand, Smith said.

"You have to stop after a while because your fingers and your eyes go," she said.

"It goes faster on a machine, but then you get lumps," said Flannery, who has been quilting by hand for 15 years.

Quilters at the show said pleasure in the hobby comes from the skill required to cut up and stitch together thousands of small pieces of cloth into a predetermined design.

Four area quilting clubs have quilts on display at the show. They are Friendship Quilters of Hagerstown, Buchanan Trail Quilt Makers of Waynesboro, Pa., Piece Makers of Martinsburg, W.Va., and Penn Needles of Fayetteville, Pa.

The Doll Divas of Waynesboro had a display of dolls at the show.

Proceeds from the show, from $2,000 to $2,500, go to the HCC Lady Hawks basketball team.

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