Quilts on parade

April 17, 2008|By JULIE E. GREENE

Millie Miller's extra bedroom is about half full of fabric. So is a closet, and there are about 10 bins of fabric in her Hagerstown basement sorted by color and type.

Anyone who knows a quilter probably has seen their friend's piles and piles of fabric -- some of which the quilter has specific plans for and some of which the quilter simply likes and might one day use.

A lot of that "used" fabric will be on display this weekend as the Friendship Quilters' Guild of Hagerstown and Buchanan Trail Quiltmakers of Waynesboro (Pa.) present the Mason-Dixon Quilt Show in Hagerstown Community College's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center.

More than 200 quilts will be on display, including bed covers, lap quilts, wall hangings and other quilted items, said Martha Saufley, the show's publicity chairwoman.


The show, held every other year, raises scholarship money for HCC's women's basketball team, Saufley said.

The show will feature demonstrations of various quilting styles as well as lace making, rug hooking, hand embroidery and hand quilting in a frame. Visitors can learn and try hand quilting.

A quilt and filled baskets will be raffled, silent auctions of quilts will be held on both Saturday and Sunday, and eight vendors will sell their wares.

For the first time, the quilt show will have children's activities, said Kay Fitz, show co-chairwoman and member of Buchanan Trail Quiltmakers of Waynesboro. The activities will give children something to do while their parents peruse the quilts.

Stations will be set up each day at which youths can do machine piecing, hand appliqué (iron a pattern onto fabric and stitch around it), apply embellishments and hand quilting, Fitz said. A youth could do the activity at a single station or go to all four stations and end up with a finished project.

Kelly Butterbaugh, an Allentown, Pa., author of Civil War history books for children, will have a program each day at 2 p.m. in which she talks about women who made quilts for Civil War soldiers, Fitz said. Butterbaugh's presentation also includes a hands-on activity geared toward children.

The children's activities also encourage a new generation to quilt, Fitz said.

Millie Miller said in 2004, she, her 17-year-old granddaughter, Paige Miller, and Paige's mom, Susan Miller, made baby quilts for charity and quilts for soldiers returning from Iraq. Paige also has made quilted bags and a pillows for gifts.

"I think it's wonderful," Millie Miller said. "It's such a sharing thing."

If you go ...

WHAT: Mason-Dixon Quilt Show to benefit Hagerstown Community College's Lady Hawks basketball team. Show by Buchanan Trail Quiltmakers of Waynesboro (Pa.) and Friendship Quilters' Guild of Hagerstown

WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 19, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 20

WHERE: Athletic, Recreation and Community Center, Hagerstown Community College, off Robinwood Drive, east of Hagerstown

COST: $5, ages 12 and older; free for ages 11 and younger

MORE: For more information, call Martha Saufley at 301-745-6331 or Lois Hatleberg at 240-420-3745.

Schedule of events


11 a.m. Machine-appliqué demo

Noon. Beginning quilting demo

1 p.m. Stained glass quilting demo

2 p.m. Hand-quilting demo

3 p.m. Display of quilts showing contemporary quilting styles

4 p.m. Hand-appliqué demo


Noon. Hand-appliqué demo

1 p.m. Beading-on-fabric demo

2 p.m. Italian-tile demo

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