“I have just entered quilt heaven,” commented one visitor to the annual Peacemakers Quilt Show. Over 150 quilts turned the sanctuary of Linn Memorial United Methodist Church into a quilter’s dream last Saturday, August 5. Proceeds from the show, which is held each year in conjunction with the Fayette Festival of the Arts, will go to the Fayette Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry and the Peacemakers’ Quilt of Valor Project.
Visitors to this year’s show were delighted to discover that they could walk between the rows of quilts affording a closer look at each quilt than they have had in the past. “Almost everyone who has ever come to one of our shows in the past has commented about the beauty of the display but has expressed a desire to get closer to all the quilts,” Peacemaker Linda Lembke commented. “This year, by rearranging the chairs and adding aisles, we had people viewing every quilt up close and enjoying the wide variety of styles, fabrics and colors.” Some of the larger, showier entries were once again hung from the balcony in order that visitors could appreciate the full detail of these quilts
The stage area at the front of the church provided the Peacemakers with a place to display a variety of quilts which epitomized this year’s theme, “The Past Revisited.” Included in this group were quilts from the 1800’s. Other quilts on the stage were examples of some of the classic patterns including the ever-popular double wedding ring. Older appliqued and embroidered quilts were also featured.
The back of the sanctuary once again provided a perfect setting for the Quilts of Valor display. Over 30 of the 43 Quilts of Valor that the Peacemakers have presented in the last five years were on display. The Peacemakers plan to present two more QoVs at the Veteran’s Day assembly at the Fayette High School in November.
The Market Place, which featured pincushions, place mats and other quilted items, Christmas ornaments, pillows and quilt magazines, did a lively business throughout the show. Shelby Alexander was the winner of the silent auction of a quilt pieced by Dorothy Jean Ayres and quilted by Lola Watts.
This is the tenth show sponsored by the Peacemakers Quilting Group. Included in the group are Dorothy Jean Ayres, Linda Lembke, Julie Menees, Jo Rohr and Connie Shay.
The Peacemakers would like to thank everyone who helped to make the Peacemakers Quilt Show a success including those who exhibited quilts and those who attended, Commercial Trust for donating funds for the booklet, the congregation of Linn Memorial and CMU for the use of the sanctuary and the Fayette newspapers for providing excellent coverage of all of the Peacemakers’ events. They would like to extend a very special thank you to all their friends who helped set-up and take-down the show.