Canal Quilters honor veterans during show

| August 8, 2013

COSHOCTON – Each year, the Coshocton Canal Quilters donate quilts to our local veterans through a generous donation by the Coshocton Elks, which allow them to purchase materials needed for their quilting projects. Twenty to 25 quilts are donated each year to veterans in the community that are lovingly made by the members of the Canal Quilters.

This year, the Canal Quilters are taking it a step further during their Canal Quilters Annual Show, which will be Aug. 9, 10, and 11 at the Presbyterian Church.

“This year, we have decided to honor the veterans by this Hall of Honor,” said Karen Caley, chairperson of the veterans quilt committee. “It will be totally dedicated to honoring our veterans. We’ve distributed over 200 quilts in Coshocton County in the last five to six years.”

The Hall of Honor will be located on the second floor of the church down the hall by the office and will feature quilts, 15 flag holders from various wars, and patriotic music. The quilt show itself will be spread out all over the church. The basement will host the majority of the quilts, the sanctuary will feature sanctuary art with quilts hanging from the balcony, and the parlor will be home to the theme quilts, which also has a patriotic ring to it, “Red and White, a Quilter’s Delight.”

The theme was actually inspired by the Columbus Museum of Art, which featured a display with only red and white quilts. Over 230 entries, not including the quilts for the veterans, have been entered into this year’s show. There will be hand-quilted, machine applique, baby, cross stitch, bead work, and many other types of quilts at the show. There will also be vendors coming in and selling materials needed for quilting.

Don’t forget to purchase your raffle tickets for a chance to win the opportunity quilt, which will follow the theme of the show. Tickets are $1 each or $5 for six. Author Peggy Haren will be at the show to talk about her new book on Saturday from 1 – 3 p.m. and will give a presentation at 10 a.m. that day discussing creative ways to use grid rulers. Admission to the show is $5, but the lectures are free.

A scavenger hunt is the perfect way to get children involved with quilting. Each child will be given a flashlight and a list of items they need to find on the quilts. When the item is found, they will shine their flashlight on the quilt.

A food stand will also be available for $5 which will include a boxed lunch with a quilter’s surprise. There will also be a boutique with items on sale for about $15.

“We had 23 committee members that did an outstanding job,” said Vickie Davis, chairperson of the quilt show. “These committee members went above and beyond and I just wanted to say thank you.”

The show is during the Canal Festival this year and will be Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday noon – 4 p.m.

“We chose this weekend because we are the Coshocton Canal Quilters, so we wanted to tie it in with the Canal Festival,” said Davis. “It has all worked out very well.”

Remember to vote for your favorite quilt. Three ribbons will be awarded in each category. Those who vote will receive a free Canal Quilters pencil.

For more information on this year’s Canal Quilters Show, visit

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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