MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

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April 17, 2012

Quilt show to display variety

120 to be exhibited this weekend; work by children, men are included

— Brenda Haxton says this weekend’s quilt show would leave her grandmother “utterly amazed.”

“The most exciting thing’s she’d see would be all the different kinds of quilting,” Haxton said. “What would amaze her is just how different quilting has become.”

Maybe that’s one reason the Muskogee Area Quilters Guild dubbed its 26th annual Quilt Show “Not Your Grandmother’s Quilts.”

The show, which runs Friday and Saturday at St. Paul United Methodist Church, will feature 120 quilts in all sorts of patterns, fabrics and sizes. Some are handmade, many are machine-sewn.

“And they’re all by different people,” said Haxton, the quilt show’s publicity chairwoman. “Even people who aren’t in our Quilters Guild have a quilt.”

One quilt with a baseball pattern was sewn by a 9-year-old boy. Another, with a recycling theme, was sewn by a 10-year-old girl.

More children and more men are getting involved in quilting, said Dolly Blair, a co-chairwoman of the show.

The show will feature competition in eight categories, including youth. Donna Skvarla, a certified quilt appraiser from Norman, will judge the quilts. She also will do quilt appraising by appointment Friday morning at a cost of $40.

People attending the show can vote on a “Best of Show Viewers Choice Quilt.”

A drawing for the “Not Your Mother’s Flower Garden” quilt will take place at the end of the show on Friday.

Although most of the quilts will not be for sale, the show will feature a boutique where people can buy items handmade by guild members.

A women’s group at the church will serve lunch for $5.

The show also will feature demonstrations by vendors and guild members. Demonstrations include new techniques, as well as new tools.

Haxton said her grandmother Pattie Watson made only three styles of quilts:

• The Dresden Plate, which featured repeated circular patterns.

• Grandmother’s Flower Garden, repeated hexagonal patterns.

• Trip Around the World, different-colored squares within squares.

“And the quilts were mostly sewn by hand,” Haxton said. “My mother probably never saw a rotary quilt cutter.”

Reach Cathy Spaulding at (918) 684-2928 or cspaulding@muskogeephoenix.com.

If you go

WHAT: Muskogee Quilters Guild 28th annual Quilt Show.

THEME: Not Your Grandmother’s Quilts.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

WHERE: St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2130 W. Okmulgee Ave.

ADMISSION: $5.

ETC: A lunch is available for $5.

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