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Quilts reach star status at HCC show

April 18, 2010|By JULIE E. GREENE

HAGERSTOWN -- One might think a celebrity was about to enter Hagerstown Community College's Athletic, Recreation and Community Center on Sunday afternoon.

Flashes frequently went off as several people snapped photos as they weaved up and down aisles of hanging quilts.

Some people were photographing quilts of their own or those made by friends, but many of them were snapping photos of quilts they wanted to borrow from or duplicate.

Kathy Leis of Hagerstown saw a quilting technique she wants to try. It involved turning fabric over instead of quilting it, she said.

More than 500 people stopped by the Mason Dixon Quilt Show on Saturday and Sunday, organizers said. The show is held every two years.

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Holly Edwards, 41, of Hagerstown, spotted a borderless quilt with an Ohio Star pattern.

"It shows you, you don't have to put borders on everything," Edwards said.

Edwards' son, Jacob, 8, was handling the photography duties for his mom.

Jacob liked Shirley Klepp's Birds of Paradise Triple Irish Chain quilt, which featured several colorful parrots.

Klepp, 67, of the Boonsboro area, made the quilt for her daughter, Debbie Russell, who volunteers for the Phoenix Landing Foundation, which protects parrots. Klepp said it took her more than two hours just to finish one of the embroidered parrots on the quilt.

Susan Stull, 58, of Hagerstown, was photographing some round-robin quilts that her friend Dot White, 55, of Hagerstown, helped make.

For this particular group of round-robin quilts, nine friends each made a starter block, said Jacqueline Bryson, 55, of Sharpsburg. Each block passed from quilter to quilter every few weeks, with each quilter adding a border or feature around the block or previous border. Eventually, the owner of the starter block gets back a completed quilt.

Stull said she and some other quilters were starting their own round-robin quilts.

The show featured 239 items, including quilts, wall hangings, table runners, purses and clothing, said Debbie Wible, co-chair for the show and a member of Friendship Quilters Guild of Hagerstown.

Friendship and Buchanan Trail Quiltmakers Guild of Waynesboro, Pa., put on the show, which benefits the HCC Lady Hawks Scholarship Fund. The last quilt show, two years ago, resulted in a $5,000 donation to the scholarship fund, Wible said.

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