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Belinda Larrick and Bonnie Tidrick are shown displaying a quilt owned by Rhonda Popadak of Newcomerstown. The quilt was made by Popadak's great aunt, Minnie Cordrey. The pattern is known as Sunbonnet Sue and features an interesting picket fence border.

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Evelyn Smith, l, of Almost Sisters Quilt Shop in Cambridge is talking with Sandy Simmons of Gnadenhutten about some of the material she had on display at the recent quilt show sponsored by the Back on Track Funding Committee for the Newcomerstown Public Library last week.

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Just a few of the 241 quilts that were on display. Library staff member Belinda Larrick said that the community was very generous to loan their quilts for the event.

Library quilt show features large variety of quilted treasures

William Casteel

Newcomerstown News

Just about every square inch of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Newcomerstown was covered with quilts -- 241 to be exact. Some hung from specially-constructed frames, while others were draped on the pews in the sanctuary. The colors and patterns were vast. Some of the pieced-patterns such as Grandmother's Flower Garden, Dresden Plate, Ohio Star and Log Cabin were traditional, and typical of the early 20th century. While the majority of the quilts were antique or family heirlooms, there were also contemporary patterns, appliqués and embroidery patterns that seemed just as popular.

The quilts were part of an effort to help raise funds for the Newcomerstown Public Library. The Back on Track Funding Committee sponsored the quilt show at the church April 24-25. According to library staff member Belinda Larrick, about $2,000 was raised from the two-day event.

A highlight of the show was a "bed turning" which featured a showcasing of approximately 15 quilts. Each quilt owner's and quilt maker's name was announced, and a brief history about the quilt was given. One of the quilts was a pattern known as Snail's Trail, owned by Ruth (Lawrence) Opphile of West Lafayette. The quilt was made for her father, Raymond Lawrence, by his mother, Elva Lawrence as a graduation gift in 1939.

Another quilt, owned by Pam Pulley, an employee of the library, was a Cathedral Windows quilt that was made by her grandmother, Anna Mae Myles of Brownsville, Pa.. Pulley said her grandmother worked on the quilt for many years. She believed her grandmother had possibly saved the material for several decades as she was informed the quilt contained material from the 1920s to the 1960s.

Another interesting point was that several quilts had feed sack material for the quilt backing. Some of the advertising and content information was still very readable even though some of the quilts were 80 to 100 years old.

The quilt show also featured quilt supply vendors, Almost Sisters Quilt Shop from Cambridge and The Material Girl from New Philadelphia who were on hand to offer quilting material and other necessities.

Amy Jones of the Underground Quilters of Tuscarawas gave a demonstration of variations of the traditional Nine Patch quilt pattern.

According to Larrick, the community was very generous with loaning their quilts for the event. She said many individuals were offering their quilts even after the display was set up and no more room being available. She mentioned there were probably enough for another show. Larrick said the committee was very appreciative of everyone's generosity and support for the event.