MARSHALL - Quilters and quilt admirers will have a treat Saturday and Sunday at the Adult Community Center. They will see a variety of quilts made by members of the Threadbenders quilt guild and can learn more about quilts from long-time quilter and Threadbender member Marcella Matthys.
Matthys, who is from the Cottonwood/Marshall area, is finishing up some quilts to show at her trunk show, which will be at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday. She is putting the finishing touches on a Civil War era reproduction quilt. The fabric is reproduced in the Civil War style, she said. Another interesting quilt that she will display is a Hawaiian quilt.
"Those are my souvenirs when I travel," she said. "I buy quilting books and fabric."
Photo by Karin Elton
Threadbenders quilt guild members Lori Dagel, left, and Marcella Matthys stand in front a quilt which is on display at Southwest Sewing Center this week. The quilt will be raffled off at the quilt show this weekend.
In addition to her latest creations, she will show her early work and show quilts that she has made from cotton, wool and silk fabrics.
"Silk is very testy," Matthys said. "It was a challenge, but I'm happy with the result."
Threadbenders quilt guild member Lori Dagel is an admirer of Matthys' work.
"If you want to be awed - come to the quilt show," she said.
Matthys said that with every project she works on, she likes to try something different.
About seven years ago she bought a longarm quilting machine which allows her to quilt her tops herself.
"I was frustrated not being able to finish what I started, so that spurred me to look into buying the machine," she said.
Matthys mostly gives away the quilts that she makes.
"I've donated a few to raffles and given them away to people for special occasions - as a wedding gift. I've also given them to family members - graduation, Christmas."
When her children were growing up, she made a lot of her own clothes and her children's and taught them how to sew their own clothes. With sewing comes lots of scraps.
"I would use the scraps that accumulated," she said.
She learned how to quilt from magazines and books and by attending Threadbenders quilt guild meetings.
"There's a lot of sharing, exchanging tips," she said.