(Photo by Leonna Heuring, Staff)
Area residents are encouraged to enter some of their favorite quilts or other quilted items for display, and Charleston residents Catherine Renaud and Mary Lou Newcomb are two who plan on submitting some of their quilt work.
Both Renaud and Newcomb belong to St. Henry's Quilt Club in Charleston and have quilted several quilts over the years. Every Wednesday the two women meet with the other members, Gertrude Stricker, Helena Duenne and Cordelia Conn to make quilts as requested by members of the community.
Most recently, the club finished a quilt that features all of the states' birds. Each quilting block, donated by an area women, is a state, and the blocks are so old there are only 48 states. Eventually, the school will raffle the quilt, but it may be displayed at the quilt show, the women said.
"Quilting is a lot of fun," Renaud said. "I like to do it and it keeps me busy."
Annette Robertson, president of the United Methodist Church Women, which is hosting the quilt show, said she hopes other area quilting clubs like St. Henry's and other quilters or owners of quilts will enter.
Scheduled for 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 15-16 and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. April 17, the quilt show will be at the United Methodist Church in Charleston this year.
"St. Henry's decided not to take on the quilt show this year so the Chamber approached us," Robertson said. "We hope we will have between 150-200 quilts on display for the show."
Around 1,000 people are expected to come to Charleston on the Thursday and Friday of the quilt show which is April 15-16, and many have already purchased tickets, Robertson said.
Quilts of all sizes, all categories and all ages will be on display, Robertson noted. Family quilts from the Harpers, Austins and Goodins will be featured as well as a quilt made from the T-shirts of the Charleston Students Outdoor Learning Actvities Retreats.
The Daughters of American Revolution are also expected to enter their Veterans of Scott, New Madrid and Mississippi counties quilt.
With this being United Methodist Church's first year to host the show, Robertson admitted church members are still adjusting to their new role.
But the St. Henry's Quilting Club agreed the United Methodist Church is a great place for the show.
"They have a wonderful set up and parking couldn't be at a better place," Conn noted. "They also have enormous rooms and restrooms."
Those who attend the show will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite quilt and a prize will be given to the quilt's owner, Robertson said.
"It's just a good time," Renaud said about the quilt show. "It's a great place to get quilting ideas and there's a lot of quilts to see."
Quilted items entered can also be offered for sale, Robertson said. Those wishing to participate should bring these items to the church beginning Monday, April 12, and no later than noon Wednesday, April 14. Volunteers from the church will be there to hang quilts that Wednesday evening or residents may hang their own quilts.
"Most who attend think it's great to see all of the quilts," Robertson said. "So anyone who has something they would like to display please enter."
All items must be labeled in duplicate. One copy must be attached to the item with a large safety pin. The other copy is for a future quilt show mailing list. Please include the owner's name, address including zip code, telephone number and the age of the quilt, if known. Any interesting history behind the quilt is also welcome.
Please label all information on a 3 by 5 index card and mail by April 7 to: United Methodist Church; 1700 E. Marshall St.; Charleston, MO 63834. For more information, call the United Methodist Church at (573) 683-6188.