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Quilt Show is this weekend

By John Estridge, Editor

One of the most popular events of the year will take place Friday and Saturday, May 18-19.

The annual Quilt Show will be held in the old Brookville High School gymnasium.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday.

Sponsored by the Quilt Batts and the Franklin County Extension Homemakers this is the seventh annual show, and it is being dedicated to Mary Cheek.

Cheek is one of the quilt show’s organizers and founding members. She passed late last year.

Also, this year’s quilt show will feature the hand quilting by Millie Kunkel. Kunkel is nonagenarian, who makes quilts for St. Peters and St. Michael churches.

At the show, the organizers have the maximum amount of vendors they can have due to the venue’s size, 19 vendors. This means the vendors will display wood refurbishing, jewelry, soap, two quilt shops, candles, pillows and homemade items among other things.

Food is being handled by Kappa Kappa Sigma from Connersville. Hopefully, they bring more food this year because the food was so tasty last year the Kappa Kappa Sigma had to leave early because they sold out.

As in years past, the quilt show will feature the Hoffman Challenge. This year the challenge involves diamonds because this is the 30th year for the challenge.

The quilt’s show special challenge is Black and White with a Splash of Color. That will be a special challenge which can garner a monetary prize.

For the second year, the quilt show will award a Best of Show. Last year Linda Kramer of Oxford, Ohio won the honor.

Organizers said it was an outstanding quilt.

Last year the quilt show had 150 quilts on display. This year they are going for more.

This will also be the second year for Quilts of Valor. These are patriotic quilts which will be given to Franklin and Union County Veterans.

As in years past, there will be a periodic Bed Turning demonstration.

Among the other demonstrations are making a microwavable hot pad/bowl, stack and whack where one stacks material in certain ways and then cut it to make it look like a kaleidoscope, paper piecing and hand quilting.

A demonstration schedule has been set, and times for the demonstrations are on the show’s Facebook page.

The first demonstration is at 10:30 a.m. Friday. Joann Koch will demonstrate self-binding, wool binding and wool pressing.

One-half hour later will be bed turnings.

At noon there will be a demonstration on making a microwave bowl.

At 1 p.m., Peggy Ratz will show paper piecing with Koch back on at 1:30 with disappearing hourglass.

Bed turnings return at 2 p.m. with a hand quilting demonstration at 3 p.m.

The last bed turnings for the day is at 5 p.m.

Saturday’s first demonstration starts at 10:30 a.m. with the self-binding, wool binding and wool pressing.

At 11 a.m. is the day’s first bed turning.

Like Friday, the microwave bowl is at noon.

The paper piecing demonstration is at 1 p.m. with the disappearing hourglass at 1:30 p.m.

The day’s last bed turning is at 2 p.m. and the hand quilting demonstration is the day’s last scheduled demonstration. It takes place at 3 p.m.