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Woodstock quilt show celebrates needlework and charities

RITA A. LEONARD - Quilt designer & teacher Jolyn Buhl stands amidst a variety of quilts at the Woodstock Quilt Show. Quilting enthusiasts flocked to Trinity United Methodist Church on Saturday, June 18, to attend Woodstock’s “first annual” Quilt Show.

Quilt designer and teacher Jolyn Buhl was on hand to oversee the event. “This is a compilation of my own and my students’ works,” she said. “Historically, pioneer women met for quilting bees as a social gathering. Quilts represent a community of women working together on a common project.

“We’re also selling quilts to help fund ‘Angel Quilters for A Cause’ charities,” she continued. “Often, quilts are made as memorials – such as the national AIDS Project quilts. The Angel Quilters benefit such organizations as the Wounded Warriors Project, Parrott Creek Boys Ranch, Clackamas Women’s Shelter and Services, and Providence Willamette Falls Hospital, among others.”

Susan Pulford began quilting after she retired from teaching in the Portland Public Schools. “Most quilters are retired women,” she commented. “Traditionally, quilts have a theme or meaning. Whoever makes them needs to have a personal ‘buy-into’ make the patterns work. Wedding and baby quilts are common, but there are also seasonal, holiday, family, and friendship quilts, which have names signed on the squares.”

Buhl has been doing needlework for over 50 years. “I started doing crochet and embroidery with my grandmother at age 5,” she recalls. “I've been teaching quilting out of my home and in community spaces for over 20 years now. When we meet, we pick a pattern from our quilt library, and then each person does their own design using that pattern. Quilts can be embellished with beads, laces, and all sorts of small meaningful items, sometimes even photographs.”

Quilts come in many sizes, from potholder-size to bed covers and wall hangings. The Woodstock show also displayed a few quilted dolls, pincushions, totes, placemats, and table runners. In a corner near the refreshment table, a workstation allowed dedicated quilters to work on their own personal projects when they weren’t describing displays and quilting techniques.

Buhl also works and teaches at Acorns & Threads, a Beaverton cross-stitch store. Plans are already being discussed for a second quilt show at the same location next year.