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Quilt show: better than ever

More attendees, more visitors, many vendors make for a memorable show


The Sandy Historical Society’s quilt show just keeps getting better every year.

Best year ever

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO:  - Ann Marie Amstad of the Sandy Historical Society Museum, left, presents Rosemarie Stolz of Boring with the gift basket she won in a fund-raising drawing at the 2013 quilt show. The basket contained more than $500 worth of gifts donated by local businesses.The recent 15th annual show was the best yet, said Ann Marie Amstad of the historical museum. It was the best in attendance, Amstad said, with more than 1,000 people enjoying the show.

Funds raised are not used for operational expenses, but allow the museum to purchase items that help preserve and protect all of its historic holdings as well as provide special displays.

{img:16029}Show organizers believe changing the arrangement of days the show was open contributed to an uptake in attendance. This year, the show was held Thursday through Saturday, instead of Friday through Sunday. Extra show hours were added on Friday night — and the people kept coming.

“The show was very well received; the people were very responsive to our show,” said museum volunteer Shirley Crow. “When the public tells you that you have a good show, we really like that.”

Included in the fund-raising show, besides quilt entries in a dozen categories, were 18 vendors and the popular quilt turning.

Quilt turning

Returning after a two-year absence was the activity that perpetuates the history of the area.

Quilt turning is really a story-telling event. As each quilt in a stack is uncovered by turning the previous quilt to the side, someone related to the quilt tells the quilt’s story in two minutes.

As the half-hour passed, each of a series of personal stories was uncovered with the exposition of each of 17 quilts. The stories were about why the quilt was made or about the person who made the quilt — some made generations earlier.

“Some are just nice, warm, fuzzy stories that bring back memories of grandpa,” said museum volunteer Shirley Crow. “Others were extremely emotional about people who made their quilt as a kind of therapy.”

But it was the story of the last quilt at the bottom of the stack that drew a lot of interest.

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO:  - This is the quilt with inages of Norman Rockwell's Four Freedoms that was made for the 50th wedding anniversary of Pearl and Jim Martin of Sandy. The quilt was one of the 17 quilts in the quilt turning activity at the annual quilt show.Two women, Dee Bruff and Anita Kohl, made a quilt to help celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of a Sandy couple, Pearl and Jim Martin

Jim Martin’s father, Crow said, was a model for Norman Rockwell. The quilt-making duo had found fabric panels of Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms,” which used the elder Martin for the historic images. Those panels became the focus of the quilt the two women made for the couple’s 50th anniversary.

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