STEUBENVILLE – Sunbonnet Sue, NinePatch, Trip Around the World, and Postage Stamp are just some of the quilts that will be on display at the Spring Quilt Show at the Fort Steuben Visitor Center from April 14 to April 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Steubenville.
The quilts include hand-stitched heirlooms as well as modern machine stitched works of art.
“So many people have brought in quilts that have stories attached to them,” explained Judy Bratten, Director of Historic Fort Steuben. “For example, this floral design was hand stitched by Delores Strohl here in Steubenville. She told us that she was sitting on her bed, quilting and listening to the radio when the announcement came that Pearl Harbor had been bombed. You can imagine the memories that this piece evokes.”
At least 22 quilts ranging in age from one month to 80 years are in the exhibit. A reception to “Meet the Quilters” will be held on Saturday, April 21 at noon. Then a special program will be presented at 2 p.m. on the history of darning and darning tools. “Darn It!” – a program by Patty Cooper – will give the history and romance of darning eggs. Guests are invited to bring an antique darning egg, share a story, and find out how much it is worth.
An avid needleworker since she was four years old, Cooper from Parkersburg, West Virginia, is a professional historian with a particular emphasis on women’s roles and achievements. She has collections of old needlework tools and will have over 100 antique darning eggs as part of her program.
“Every woman used to have at least one darning egg – usually made of wood – that was inserted into a sock to make repairing it easier,” explained Bratten. “That was before you could buy socks everywhere and inexpensively as you can now. Darning is an art that is almost lost in this country.”
The Quilt Show will continue until April 28 when there will also be a Spring Vendor Show in the Visitor Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participants include local representatives from Pampered Chef, Silpada Designs Jewelry, Pure Romance, BeautiControl, Gold Canyon Candles, Thirty-One and Scentsy.
For more information, contact Historic Fort Steuben at 740-283-1787 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.