Following a Pattern

‘Bits and Pieces Quilt Show’
enters its 16th year in Madison

Quilter McMahan to display
her new creation at show

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

(April 2011) – As a seasoned quilter, names like “Jacobs Ladder,” “Broken Dishes,” Dolly Madison’s Star,” “Tumbling Block” and “Cupid’s Own” are all familiar to Janet McMahan. She will enter her own “Twisted Ninepatch” in the upcoming “Bits & Pieces Quilt Show” in Madison, Ind.

Janet McMahan and Lisa Kramer

Photo by Don Ward

From left, quilter Janet McMahan and
Lisa Kramer display a quilt made by
McMahan for the upcoming Bits and
Pieces Quilt Show, set for
April 9-10 in Madison.

Sometimes the names are as fascinating as the stitch work. They bridge an association between the quilt and the women who created them. “I’ve always loved to sew,” said McMahan, 76. “It’s in my blood.”
McMahan learned to sew from her mother and took up quilting on her own. A former resident of Ohio, she had done little quilting before moving to Madison. She took a few quilting lessons and then joined a group of women who were beginning to piece a quilt for the first Bits & Pieces Quilt Show held in Madison.
She watched as many quilting programs as she could and took quilting classes to pick up any tips and ideas that would “help me learn what to do,” she said.
McMahan has been a member of the Jefferson County Extension Homemakers for 18 years. She belongs to the Smyrna Homemakers and is planning to teach classes through the Extension office during the summer.
All five of the local Jefferson County Extension Homemakers clubs are joining forces to present the 16th annual Bits & Pieces Quilt Show. The display will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 9-10 at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds Community Building, located on State Road 256 in Madison.
Approximately 100 to 120 quilts will be on display, said Lisa Kramer, the Homemakers’ president. “We will take in quilts from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, April 8,” she said.
“We encourage people from all over to enter. We even have some heirloom quilts dating from the Civil War,” Kramer said.
Quilt vendors will have booths set up as well as a Homemakers table for members to sell books, fabrics, buttons and other notions they no longer need or can use. “The first 25 people on Saturday and Sunday will receive a hand-crafted tote bag that our members made,” said Kramer.
A hand-made quilt will be raffled off with the funds going toward three scholarships the Homemakers award each year in the amount of $300 each. The quilt was made using the quilt block pattern, “Ohio Star,” and earth-tone colors were used, said McMahan. A simple quilt to piece, “Ohio Star” features an eight-point star in a lively design.
“We received the quilt squares to start it with from a district meeting,” she said. “Our group needed money for scholarships, so we took the leftover fabric from previous projects to make this quilt.”
The admission fee of $2.50 will benefit the Homemakers scholarship funds. “Five times a day door prizes will be given out,” said Kramer. In addition, a Viewer’s Choice award will be given out based on attendees’ selection of which quilt they like the best.
Kramer has been president of the Jefferson County Extension Homemakers since June 2010, and held the positions of secretary and treasurer before that. She has been with the Homemakers since moving to Madison in 2004.
Kramer became involved through her mother, Ruth Kramer, a past county president. “My mother has been a member since the 1950s,” she said. “She got me into it.”
Kramer said her mother taught her how to quilt. Her mother had begun a quilt when Kramer was born, and last year Kramer pieced the quilt top and quilted it. She said the Homemakers will be advertising and booking booth space at the Bits & Pieces Quilt Show for a fall Christmas Craft Show that they hope to hold on Nov. 12 at the Fairgrounds.

• For more information, contact Lisa Kramer at (812) 265-1809 or (812) 866-2052.

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