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Cumberland Valley Relief Center Quilt Show opens

100 hand-made quilts and wall hangings to raise money for Mennonite Central Committee

January 24, 2013|By ROXANN MILLER | roxann.miller@herald-mail.com
  • Nancy Cordell works on a quilt at the Cumberland Valley Relief Center during Thursday's quilt show at 4225 Molly Pitcher Highway in Chambersburg, Pa.
By Roxann Miller, Staff Writer

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Last year, back surgery sidelined Evelyn Hunt from attending the Cumberland Valley Relief Center Quilt Show, but not this year.

“I come every year, health permitting,” said Hunt, who traveled to the annual event from Harrisburg, Pa.

This year, Hunt stocked up on quilting supplies and had her eye on a few quilts at the annual show.

The quilt show, featuring 100 hand-made quilts and wall hangings, began Thursday and will continue Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Cumberland Valley Relief Center, 4225 Molly Pitcher Highway, Chambersburg.

Admission is free.

Diane Brockman, director of the Cumberland Valley Relief Center (CVRC), said people will come to look at the hand-made pieces before they are auctioned off at the Pennsylvania Relief Sale in Harrisburg, Pa., at the Farm Show Complex on April 13 and 14.

Funds from the Harrisburg sale will benefit the Mennonite Central Committee in its mission to provide relief, development and peace around the world in the name of Christ.

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Brockman said typically the April auction raises more than $300,000 for the MCC.

“A lot of people come (to the show), because we have the vendor tables where they can buy quilting supplies. Others see what’s here so they can go to the relief show (in April) and bid,” she said. “Still others come just to look at the beauty of the work, because it’s kind of becoming a lost art.”

Tammy Fry and her husband, John, of Newport, Pa., came to admire the artistry and detail in the quilts.

“I like to see what the different people do,” Tammy Fry said.

She and her husband have attended the show for about four years.

“Some people do appliqué, which is very time consuming. It’s not my taste. But it’s something that takes a lot of time so I appreciate that. I love to see the colors that they put together in quilts,” she said.

While they were at the show, they couldn’t pass up a unique rug made out of corduroy.

Pat Reese of State Line, Pa., sorted through the tables piled high with quilting supplies.

“I’m a quilter so I’m looking for anything I can use in a quilt,” said Reese, who belongs to two local quilting guilds.

“When I retired I wondered what I was going to do with myself,” Reese said. “Then I found quilting, and I love it.”

About 18 years later, she is hooked on quilting.

“I make baby quilts for cancer babies in Philadelphia, for Project Linus (which provides blankets and quilts for critically ill children) and I make the quilt for the first baby of the year in Waynesboro,” she said.

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