Quilt show draws people from out of country

| August 15, 2016
Mary Ann Lampe stands by her gardening quilt she made for the 2016 Coshocton Canal Quilters show.

Mary Ann Lampe stands by her gardening quilt she made for the 2016 Coshocton Canal Quilters show.

COSHOCTON – Joy Brennen and 20 other ladies very much enjoyed the Coshocton Canal Quilters Show on Friday, Aug. 12.

“We heard about the show from Jan Myers,” said Brennen. “This is our first time at the quilt show and our first time in Coshocton. We went to Annin Flag this morning and we’re heading to Mercantile on Main now.”

Brennen and her group are from Ontario, Canada and the quilt show was part of a five-day trip to Coshocton and other area locations.

The quilt show was popular with locals as well. By noon on Friday, more than 120 people had signed the guest book, not including the tour buses that had already stopped by.

In addition to the quilts, the guild honored their “Quilty Queens”, who are the 16 members in the guild who are age 75 or older.

“We wanted to honor them because they bring us so much wisdom,” said Mary Ann Lampe.

One member honored as a “Quilty Queen” was Mary Louise Newell who has some advice for those who want to start quilting.

“Just jump in and start quilting,” said Newell. “The local quilt shop gives classes, so take some classes and join the quilting guild. There are always people willing to help. It can become addictive.”

“My grandma used to quilt and she always wanted to teach me how to quilt, but I wasn’t interested at the time,” said Karma Chaney, another “Quilty Queen”. “Now I’m taking quilting classes and I feel like my grandmother is up there just shaking her head at me. I’ve thought about entering some of her quilts into the show some time. They are just beautiful and all hand-stitched.”

The theme this year was “Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows” and quilters were encouraged to create quilts with a theme that makes you happy.

Lampe created a gardening quilt that took her two months to complete. The quilt is titled, “Come Walk with Me in My Garden”.

“It’s peaceful and quiet in my garden,” she said. “I have a bird bath and I love to sit and just watch the birds. There’s always something blooming and it reminds me of my family.”

The quilt show ran from Friday, Aug. 12 through Sunday, Aug. 14 at the Presbyterian Church in Coshocton. Find the Canal Quilters on Facebook.

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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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