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Palmerton Area Library's Quilt Show a success

  • SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jeanette Rinker's quilt "Grandma's Garden" won Best of Show at the Palmerton Area Library Quilt Show.
    SPECIAL TO THE TIMES NEWS Jeanette Rinker's quilt "Grandma's Garden" won Best of Show at the Palmerton Area Library Quilt Show.
Published October 21. 2010 05:00PM

Oh, the stories they can tell.

Over ninety quilts were on display during the 4th Annual Palmerton Area Library Quilt Show.

Priceless family heirlooms to modern day quilts were carefully placed over bannisters, hanging delicately from bookcases and draped over quilting frames throughout the library.

A few of the quilts were for sale but most of the quilts were for show only.

Venders, demonstrators and prizes were a feature during the afternoon event.

This show is growing in popularity since it started in 2006.

"We love to look at the different styles, the colors and the different materials that are used in the quilts," said Linda Kern of Mahoning Valley.

Linda's daughter, Crimson, was also impressed with the older quilts.

"I am amazed at all the work that went into those quilts when clearly the women back then were very busy. They didn't have all the modern conveniences we have today and they still found time to quilt," said Crimson.

Quilt maker, Barbara De Mattia, shared her work of art. On display was a sampler kit that she purchased long ago at the now closed, H. Leh's department store in Allentown.

"My sisters and I learned from our mom. I find quilting relaxing and it helps to pass the time," added De Mattia.

Each person who attended the show was given one vote for the best of show quilt.

Jeanette Rinker's quilt named "Grandma's Garden" was the winner.

"This is a way for us to promote our local quilters. We have a lot of antique quilts here today and we have some quilts for sale too," said Terri Sheckler, the show's organizer.

"Quilting is part of our heritage here in this state. The Pennsylvania Dutch women did not waste anything. After clothing was worn out they would salvage what they could and sew it into warm quilts for their families," added Sheckler.

Vendors were on hand, prizes were given out and there were demonstrations.

Lynn Pilquist and Jamee Pemberton of Quakertown, members of the Keystone Quilters, held a quilting demonstration. The women were working on Lynn's quilt called "Spin that Webb." They love quilting because it is creative, relaxing and are filled with comforting thoughts as the quilt it is being pieced together.

Sheckler is looking forward to next year's show already.

"We are going to have someone here who will help date the time of when a quilt was made. So next year people can bring in their older quilts and have them dated to the approximate year they were made."

Brenda Wentz and Sandy Hook were also instrumental in setting up the annual quilt show.

"We have a very good turnout with people who brought quilts, to people who came out to see them. A lot of volunteers helped us this year and we are very thankful to them for making this a success," said Sheckler.

Anyone wanting more information on how to volunteer to help for next year's annual Palmerton Area Library Quilt Show can call 610-826-3424 or stop in person at the library located at 402 Delaware Ave.

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