Discovery Quilters ‘Crazy for Quilting’

Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Pictured is the opportunity quilt to be awarded at the finale of the Discovery Quilters of Shell Knob Quilt Show. The quilt will be given away on Sept. 26. Contributed photo

Local quilters to show off works in show Sept. 25-26

Discovery Quilters is hosting its biennial show on Sept. 25-26 at the Shell Knob Elementary School with the theme “Crazy for Quilting.”

The judged event showcases the talents of the group’s membership with a colorful display of beautiful quilts. The show hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 25 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sept 26. Attendees will be able to view local quilters’ works, shop vendors and visit the boutique that features many hand-made items for sale. Door prizes are also up for grabs.

“We are privileged to have a special display,” said Clara Cartwright, chairperson for the show. “Army Sgt. Andrew Lee ‘The Combat Quilter’ will be traveling from Loudon, Tenn., to share some of his quilts and speak about his healing journey after two combat tours in Iraq.

“Andrew has been honored to have his ‘Iwo Jima’ quilt hang and now reside at the International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, Neb.”

There will be demonstrations on Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m. At noon on Saturday and Sunday, Lee will have a presentation. At 1 p.m. both days, there will be quilt turnings featuring the quilts of two Discovery Quilters members.

Discovery Quilters members make comfort quilts for the Shell Knob community when there is a death or family tragedy, Baby Quilts for The Purple Flower Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center, Barry County Health Department, Stone County Health Department and Newborns in Need of SW Missouri.

“We also make quilts of valor or quilts of honor for our veterans and lap quilts for wheelchair-bound patients in veterans’ homes,” Cartwright said. “These projects are made possible by our membership giving of their time, talent and treasure to benefit others.

“To assist in these efforts we will have several beautiful adult quilts and baby quilts that will go to the highest bidder in our silent auctions. The silent auction proceeds will help us fund the machine quilting process for our ministries.”

There will be a live miniature quilt auction at 2 p.m. on Sunday, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to the Alliance of Churches.

“We encourage everyone to come out to be able to purchase one of these small masterpieces and help the Alliance of Churches to be able to further their mission of providing food for those in need as well as emergency assistance and the back-to-school program that benefits every student in the Shell Knob school system with school supplies,” Cartwright said. “The show will close on Sunday at 3 p.m. with viewer’s choice award and the drawing of our originally designed opportunity quilt. You need not be present to win.”

Masks are encouraged at the event for social responsibility.

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