Thursday, October 1, 2009
Close to Nowhere
The Piecemakers of Oxford are planning a quilt show, at the First Baptist Church fellowship hall in Oxford, October 9-10.
We, the actual “Piecemakers,” have been working on this show for almost 18 months now. I guess that’s one of the reasons I tend to think it’s still off in the future instead of looming on the horizon.
We have some beautiful quilts that will be on display. I have several, my granddaughter Meredith has a couple and one of the really, really talented quilters in Holly Springs, Margie Jones, has several that will be on display.
We have several quilts from one of our members that have won national awards. Mimi Alef, who lives in New Albany, is a world class quilter and has won many national awards.
We’ll also have some quilts from another extremely talented quilter -- the late Sharon Coleman.
Sharon donated a quilt that we’re raffling off at the quilt show. About a week or so after she brought the quilt to a meeting to show us and donated it, she was diagnosed with stage four stomach cancer. Less than two months later, she passed away.
We’re dedicating our quilt show to Sharon. She was a lovely person, always with a smile and a cheerful comment. She was very generous with her talent and her “stash” -- most, if not all of us, have at least a piece or two of her fabric.
The cat wallhanging that Meredith quilted and will hang in the show was a door prize that Sharon donated and made sure Meredith “won.”
One of the quilts that I’m showing is “Bessie Heifer.” She was supposed to be Betsy, but when I asked my multi-talented, boon companion Jane to “write” her name on the quilt with her sewing machine, she made her Bessie. Which works equally as well as Betsy, especially considering Jane did it upside down and backwards.
Bessie is a purple cow ballerina. One year for Relay For Life, purple cows were the theme. Beth made us a really tall, wooden, gorgeous purple cow ballerina and I made the purple quilt. We only received honorable mention because neither of us put “Relay For Life” and the theme of “Mooving for a Cure” anywhere on either of our cows.
I think it’s appropriate, as will as sadly ironic, that a quilt from Relay For Life, a fund-raiser for the American Cancer Society, will be on display at a quilt show dedicated to a cancer victim.
It’s going to be a wonderful show! Lots of fun, handmade things to buy and sweets! Well worth the measly $5 admission charge! Come see the quilts!
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