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Christian County Historical Society’s “Quilt Weekend”

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Two CCHS members, Loretta Law (left) and Monita Kalka (right), hold up the “State Quilt” for demonstration. The quilt was hand-stitched and features all 50 US States. The throw will be up for auction at the Historical Society this weekend, October 1 and 2. The raffle winner will be announced at the Persimmon Festival on November 5.

Lucas Domonousky Breeze-Courier Writer CHRISTIAN COUNTY —

Cupcakes, jelly rolls and cake layers may sound like delicious treats but they are, in fact, just a few ingredients that can go into making one of these special blankets.

The activity of “quilting” is less of a hobby to some and more of a necessity to most.

“Some of these quilts came from out east when they brought the covered wagons here.” said Quilt enthusiast and Historical Society member Loretta Law. “They didn’t waste anything. If your shirt got pretty worn out, it went into a quilt. If you had an old blanket starting to get some holes into it they used it as batting in the middle of a quilt.”

Although quilting is definitely a female dominated industry (about 93% women) it isn’t just for the ladies. A few well- known male needleworkers include names like Ricky Tims and Robert Kaufman. The latter of which has his own “Quilting App” used by many for instructions, measurements and many different patterns.

The first weekend in October brings warm chili at Chilifest, apple cider and Halloween preparations. This year, for the Christian County Historical Society, it’s bringing plenty of elegant Quilts.

The busy “Quilt Weekend” will be kicked off on Saturday at 11 a.m. at both the Historical Society and at the Taylorville Chilliest. Linda Blakley will be on the square with goodie bags stuffed with supplies and fabric squares. Children and adults alike will be able to make one of their own, gain information and knowledge on the activity and above all else have fun doing so!

The main event will be going on simultaneously at the Historical Society campus. The Quilt Show will take place Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. There will be a raffle for the “State Quilt” (pictured above), Bed Turning (1:00 p.m.) with lunch, drinks and plenty of supplies for to be purchased. Campus tours will be readily available as well. The bed turning will take place in the Morrison House and feature 15-20 of the Historical Society’s own quilts along with a few that have been donated.

“You would be surprised at how many quilts have good stories.” says Law. “I wish I could hear ‘em talk.”

With many activities to do this upcoming weekend the Christian County residents are going to have their hands and full. The CCHS members Law, Monita Kalka and Jeni Boaden could have spent hours talking about this one subject. Their passion for the activity was obvious. The trio, along with the entire

Historical Society, will be in Hog-Heaven this upcoming “Quilt Weekend”.

They would like to thank the donations given by many including Farm Girl Fabric, The Fabric Patch, Itchin’ to be Stitchin’, The Fabric Cobbler, Stewarts Sewing, Black Book Design, Peace & Appliqué and Sew Street. With individual donations coming from Loretta Law, Kay Frevert, Lisa VanRavensway, Rebecca Stiner and many many more.

Happy Quilting!!!

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Pictured above is a Featherweight Singer Seeing machine. Singer commercialized the first batch of 10,000 model 221 sewing machines, marketing them as “Singer Featherweights”. They were manufactured from 1933-’68 and weighed just over 11 pounds!

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