The 17th annual Marceline Quilt and Fabric Arts Show is set to begin Oct. 6 at 10 a.m. at the Walworth Community Center.
The show will feature many quilts, presentations, demonstrations and vendors from around the community and the state.
Quilt show coordinator and volunteer Vicky Bryant says she enjoys the art of quilting.
“[Quilts] are comforting, they bring back memories, they are a form of art,” Bryant said.
This year marks Bryant’s fifth year working with the event. Bryant has been working hard with community members to make this year’s quilt and fabric arts show even bigger.
The event kicks off at 10 a.m. at the Walsworth Community Center in Marceline and keeps going until 4 p.m. There are presentations and demonstrations happening all day. At 10:30 a.m., there will be a historical bed turning featuring many antique quilts. A 1:15 p.m., a demonstration will be given by Zelma Cleveland about turning fiber into yarn.
One quilt featured in the historical bed turning has a storied past. A quilt being shown by Linda Bond was made around 1860 and has traveled the country. The star medallion quilt was made in West Virginia by Susan Swadley. The quilt was made for Swadley’s son who was traveling to Kansas. The quilt has been past down through five generations and still looks new.
An award ceremony will be held following the demonstrations and presentations. There will be first, second and third place awards available in nine categories at the event. The categories range from hand quilted to embroidery and junior entries. A best of show will be awarded at the end.
Marceline Carnegie Library director Joyce Clapp says the event has a lot to offer.
“You never know what you’re going to see at the quilt show,” Clapp said.
In addition to quilts, the show will have other items on display and for sale. Hand sewn jewelry, wall art, applique and other handmade objects will be on display at the event.
According to Roseanne Johnson owner of Rosie’s Quilts and quilt show volunteer, she wants people to learn about quilting.
“People need to be quilting instead of sitting in front of their phones, there’s so much going on at the event,” Johnson said. “It’s really worth your time to check it out.”
There will be six vendors at the event. They will each have quilts and other handmade objects for sale. The Friends of Marceline Carnegie Library have made a community quilt, which will be raffled off at the event. The proceeds from the event will go toward friends of the library events like their annual visit with Santa, bake sales and library summer programs.
For Bryant, she wants to give back.
“We try to do as much as we can for the community,” Bryant said. “I think the library is important for the community, it’s kind of like the rock of the community.”
The event is free to attend all day. Pre-registration and registration for quilts is free. A lunch provided by Walsworth Community Center members will be available to purchase at the event, with the proceeds going to the friends of the library.
Bryant wants the community to keep quilting alive in Marceline.
“Go to your local quilt shops, go to the quilt show and look at the quilts on display,” Bryant said. Look at the quilt and find one that speaks to you.”