The wait is over

2022 Thread Benders Quilt Show

Photo by Deb Gau Judy Timmerman, at right, unfolds a quilt she made out of thrift-store neckties for members of the Thread Benders Quilt Guild to see. Timmerman will be talking about a variety of quilts she’s made during the Thread Benders Quilt Show this weekend at the Marshall Adult Community Center.

MARSHALL — It’s been four years since the Thread Benders Quilt Guild last held a show in Marshall. By now, area quilters are eager to get together and share their work with others.

“We’re way overdue,” said Eileen Fuhrmann of the Thread Benders Quilt Guild.

The Thread Benders quilt show returns this weekend at the Marshall Adult Community Center. The event will feature displays of quilts and other fabric creations.

The Thread Benders, an area quilting organization, usually hosts a quilt show every other year. However, the COVID pandemic canceled the 2020 event, so there’s been an extra-long wait between quilt shows.

People who visit the show on Saturday will also have the chance to see a trunk show, where Judy Timmerman will talk about some of the quilts she’s made over the years. Timmerman had originally volunteered to do a trunk show for the 2020 event. There’s a family connection to the quilt show for her, she said.

“My mother did a trunk show here when she was 85,” Timmerman said.

Timmerman said she grew up sewing, a skill she learned from her mother. As an adult, she got back into quilting through programs like the Block of the Month Club.

“I also kind of design my own,” she said. Timmerman showed the Independent and Thread Benders members some of the items she planned to put in the trunk show. They included a Halloween quilt, and a quilt pieced together out of old neckties.

“I’m going to share quite a bit,” Timmerman said of the trunk show.

Thread Benders members said there will be a variety of projects on display Saturday and Sunday at the Adult Community Center. In addition to quilts there will be smaller items on display, like table runners, quilted bags, and embroidery projects.

“We’ve also opened it up to young people,” said Thread Benders member Lyn Dieken. Over the summer, the Thread Benders started putting out the word for youth to participate in the quilt show. Fuhrmann said the guild is offering a prize of a fat quarter of fabric for everyone age 18 and younger who brings a quilt to the show. Young quilters can drop off their quilts at the Adult Community Center from 5-7 p.m. on Friday.

Fuhrmann said guild members hope that interest in quilting can be carried forward to a new generation.

The quilt show runs from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon-4 p.m. on Sunday at the Adult Community Center. Admission for the show is $3, and includes admission to the trunk show featuring Judy Timmerman. Trunk shows will be held at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

On Sunday, there will also be a raffle drawing for a quilt made by Jenny Pedigo and Helen Robinson.


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