Taylor Pardue Staff Reporter
September 27, 2013
This weekend’s Pumpkin Festival will mark the 7th annual Foothills Quilt Show in the Galloway Memorial Episcopalian Church in Elkin.
The show is hosted by the local quilt group the Foothills Quilt Guild.
The Quilt Guild meets every third Tuesday of a month at the Foothills Arts Council in Elkin. Meetings start at 1 p.m. with visitors always welcome.
Barbara Monroe is the guild’s president, Ruth Scott is the vice-president, and Vicki Whelen is the treasurer.
The organization started after the first quilt show in 2007. Carol McDowell and Joan Sanders founded the club to provide quilt enthusiasts with a group of their own.
Many in the area likely remember Carol and Vicki as the operators of “Sew Welcome,” formerly of downtown Elkin.
Each quilt festival invites visitors into the church to view a variety of quilts, some of which are for sale.
Starting in 2012 viewers could vote for their favorite quilt pattern in a Viewers’ Choice award.
Last year’s winner is called “The Dream Quilt” and features sunshine and dream scenes in each section.
Each year features different quilts that are loaned to the guild to display. The guild usually gets its loaners weeks before the event, meaning each show is a surprise for everyone.
This year’s highlight will be a quilt made during the Spanish-American War of 1898. The quilt was discovered in a local attic this year when a new owner began cleaning out his new house.
The quilt features a central message of “Souvenir of the War of 1898.” On a separate patch the message “Good Luck in 1899.”
Quilts like this were made with newspaper as backing, some of which can still be seen. The newspaper provides support for the finer, flimsy material and is sewed around for a pattern.
The newspaper usually dissolves after being washed but this quilt’s pieces can still be easily read.
Interestingly, the Galloway Church was built in 1898 - the same year as the quilt that will be displayed there Saturday.
Pumpkin Fest attendees are encouraged to stop by.
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