The annual Marceline Quilt and Fabric Arts Show was Oct. 6 at the Walsworth Community Center.

The show featured many quilters and area residents interested in the unique artform.

The 17th annual quilt and fabric arts show kicked off at 10 a.m. Saturday with many coming from around Linn County and elsewhere to see handmade works of art.

Linda Haley entered two quilts into this year’s show. Haley’s quilts both remembered her family’s Military background. One honored her husband who had fought in Vietnam. The other the made for the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War 1861-1865.  

According to Haley, she dedicated her quilts to our brave men and women.

“I think it’s very important to remember their dedication, the blood, sweat and tears they gave to this country,” Haley said.

Wilma Gladbach attended the quilt show to see how others approach quilting.

“I enjoy seeing the different ideas in each quilt, people see the world in different ways and I like seeing that in the quilts,” Gladbach said.

Gladbach comes to the event often. Previously, Gladbach has entered her own quilts in the show, but decided not to this year.

Although many quilts were featured, one group attended to show off their handspun and weaved pieces. The Fiber Gals from Chillicothe came to Marceline to show off their spinning wheels and weaving loom. The group takes sheep’s wool and turns it into scarves, sweaters, hats and other items.

Elaine Duncan Fiber Gals member joined the group 10 years ago. Duncan learned how to knit when she was in 4H, years later she saw the Fiber Gals spinning yarn and wanted to join.

Duncan says the event was exciting.

“This event is wonderful, it’s very nice,” Duncan said. “We’ve received a lot of great questions and interest into our work.”

This year’s best of show winner took the prize for the second year-in-a-row. George Hess entered for the first time last year and won a first place ribbon and best in show, this year, Hess finished the same way. Hess’ bear claw quilt was chosen as this year’s best in show and his space themed quilt took first place in the machine quilted/customized category.

For Hess, he was unsure how his quilts would do this year.

“I don’t think I’ll be that lucky this year, there are a lot of beautiful quilts here this year,” Hess said.

Other category winners included, Wanda Fields in the hand quilted category, Cathie Hamilton for machine quilted/all over design, Heather Lindbloom for appliqued/embroidered quilts, Georgia Cagle for one needle quilt and Ellen Beaver in the baby juvenile category.