At the Community Quilt Show during the 2016 Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival set for Sept. 24, the Foothills Quilt Guild is celebrating its 10th year in Elkin with a display of “Challenge Quilts,” which incorporate “10” in their design.
For the second year in a row, Shirley Murphy won the competition with her colorful flowers 20-by-20-inch piece. In addition to the challenge quilts, there will be a wide variety of quilts, including heritage quilts, bed quilts, wall-hangings, and various quilted objects. Visitors will be able to view the newly made quilts using both contemporary and traditional patterns and read about the history of the heritage quilts.
The quilts will be on display in the historical Galloway Episcopal Church at 312 W. Main St. from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The church was completed in 1898 and is the oldest church in Elkin still used for church services. Donations to the church are welcome, but there is no admission charged to attend the show.
In addition to the quilt show in the church, there will be a porch sale at 315 W. Main St., which is directly across from the parish house. Books, notions, magazines, patterns, fabric yardage and scraps, even quilts, will be on display and for sale. Members of the guild will be on hand in both the church and on the porch to meet and greet guests.
The Foothills Quilt Guild’s meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at the Foothills Arts Council at 1 p.m. In addition to a short program and “show and tell,” refreshments are served.
At the most recent meeting, Diana Jasany, a rising junior at Mooresville High School, showed examples of the handmade quilts she is giving to young people who are aging out of the foster care system. This activity started out as a Girl Scout project; and with community help, it has exceeded all expectations, with more than 100 quilts already distributed. Jasany will soon earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, which is the equivalent of the Boy Scout Eagle Award. She has a Facebook page, Diana’s Golden Needle, which provides updates on her project.
In addition to the third Tuesday meeting, the guild sponsors a monthly “Sit and Sew,” also at the arts council, during which members work on quilts which are donated to the clients who are living at the Ark, a local homeless shelter, during the Christmas holidays.
All interested persons are invited to visit. No prior quilting experience is necessary. All levels of sewing experience are welcome.