QUILT PEW DISPLAY
There are quite a few quilters in the Alleghany Highlands. We are from various backgrounds, locales, and ages. Our love of quilting brought us together from Bath, Botetourt, Alleghany Counties and beyond. Most of us met and continue to meet monthly at the Clifton Forge Library, to exchange new techniques and to share our quilt projects. From this group sprang the “retreats,” that last 3-4 days. Currently, we have two retreats a year, one at Douthat State Park and the other at Camp Bethel in Fincastle. The library meeting and the retreats are open to anyone interested in sharing their love of quilting. It was at a retreat while sharing our quilts that a question was proposed. How could we share all of these beautiful quilts we made with our community? I remembered my mother-in-law, who lives in Iowa, told me about how her church made and displayed quilts on their pews every year. They invited the community in to see the quilts; and the idea was born. This idea was put before the quilt groups and we voted to follow thru with the project. The Clifton Forge Women’s group graciously let us display our quilts at the 2016 Holiday Home Tour at Clifton Forge Baptist Church. In 2017 we were asked to display our quilts at the Holiday Home Tour and Heritage Day. We are looking forward to displaying quilts at the 2018 Heritage Day. Depending on the square footage of the church pews, we display between 80 and 100 quilts. These quilts are made by quilters in our community. There is quite a lot of work, or some would say “love” that goes into making a quilt. Every quilt displayed is beautiful, no matter what the skill level. We have folks who have won ribbons at State Fairs and those who quilt for their own enjoyment. Every quilt has a story. We are so thankful that our community has asked us to share our quilts with them.