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Each quilt has a story of its own at Mason Dixon Quilt Show

April 21, 2012|By HEATHER KEELS | heather.keels@herald-mail.com
  • Barbara Dann, right, demonstrates a fabric cutting system Saturday to Jacqueline Bryson of Sharpsburg at the Mason Dixon Quilt Show held at Hagerstown Community College.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

With names such as “Endless Summer” and “Journey to Antietam,” each of the more than 200 quilts on display at the Mason Dixon Quilt Show this weekend has a story all its own.

Stitched by members of two area quilting groups — Friendship Quilters Guild of Hagerstown and Buchanan Trail Quiltmakers of Waynesboro, Pa. — the quilts are being shown as part of the guilds’ annual fundraiser to benefit the HCC Lady Hawks Scholarship Fund.

For fellow quilters, the show is a source of endless ideas and inspiration, but you don’t have to have sewn a quilt to appreciate the colorful and unique designs, show co-chair Debbie Wible said.

“It’s a nice way to just spend time, just walking up and down,” Wible said. “It might even spark a memory. Maybe someone remembers Grandma had a quilt.”

Sofia Khan, 22, of the Shepherdstown, W.Va., area, was at the show to see a friend’s mother’s quilt, but enjoyed looking at the other showpieces as well.

“What’s interesting is how every person puts in like their own bit of, I guess, spice to it, or their own touch, because it kind of reflects on them a little bit,” Khan said. “So it’s interesting to see because through the quilts, you’re meeting them as well.”

One special quilt in the show serves as not an introduction, but a remembrance. The quilt, called “Cherry Wreath,” was pieced, appliquéd and quilted by Delores Grossnickle, a Friendship Quilters’ Guild member who died earlier this year.

“She was one of the people that did almost everything by hand,” fellow member Pat Freanner, 69, of Smithsburg, said as she admired the quilt.

Freanner said her other favorite quilts in the show were the Baltimore Album quilts, many of which incorporate elaborate, three-dimensional appliqué. She marveled that one of these quilters described a quilt as her “first” Baltimore Album, implying more to come.

“There’re just really something that takes so much time that you do one in a lifetime,” Freanner said.

Not all of the quilts were so time-consuming, however. Michael Shirk of Hagerstown said his business, Stars and Stripes Quilting, had provided machine quilting for several of the quilts in the show. Shirk uses a computerized machine to stitch together the backing, fill and fronts of quilts in various stitching patterns.

“That’s the really time-consuming part,” he said. “Especially stitching designs and patterns.”

The show also features more than a dozen vendors; demonstrations in embroidery, lacemaking, sewing and hand quilting; a silent auction, raffles and door prizes, Wible said.

The show continues today from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children younger than 12.

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If you go...

What: Quilt show to benefit HCC Lady Hawks Athletic Scholarship Fund
When: Today, noon to 4 p.m.
Where: Hagerstown Community College Athletic, Recreation and Community Center

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