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quilt show“I have just entered quilt heaven,” commented one visitor to the annual Peacemakers Quilt Show.  Over 150 quilts turned the sanctuary of Linn Memorial United Methodist Church into a quilter’s dream last Saturday, August 5.  Proceeds from the show, which is held each year in conjunction with the Fayette Festival of the Arts, will go to the Fayette Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry and the Peacemakers’ Quilt of Valor Project.
Visitors to this year’s show were delighted to discover that they could walk between the rows of quilts affording a closer look at each quilt than they have had in the past.  “Almost everyone who has ever come to one of our shows in the past has commented about the beauty of the display but has expressed a desire to get closer to all the quilts,” Peacemaker Linda Lembke commented.  “This year, by rearranging the chairs and adding aisles, we had people viewing every quilt up close and enjoying the wide variety of styles, fabrics and colors.”  Some of the larger, showier entries were once again hung from the balcony in order that visitors could appreciate the full detail of these quilts
The stage area at the front of the church provided the Peacemakers with a place to display a variety of quilts which epitomized this year’s theme, “The Past Revisited.”  Included in this group were quilts from the 1800s.  Other quilts on the stage were examples of some of the classic patterns including the ever-popular double wedding ring.  Older appliqued and embroidered quilts were also featured.
The back of the sanctuary once again provided a perfect setting for the Quilts of Valor display.  Over 30 of the 43 Quilts of Valor that the Peacemakers have presented in the last five years were on display.  The Peacemakers plan to present two more QoVs at the Veteran’s Day assembly at the Fayette High School in November.
The Market Place, which featured pincushions, placemats and other quilted items, Christmas ornaments, pillows and quilt magazines, did a lively business throughout the show.  Shelby Alexander was the winner of the silent auction of a quilt pieced by Dorothy Jean Ayres and quilted by Lola Watts.
This is the tenth show sponsored by the Peacemakers Quilting Group.  Included in the group are Dorothy Jean Ayres, Linda Lembke, Julie Menees, Jo Rohr and Connie Shay.
The Peacemakers would like to thank everyone who helped to make the Peacemakers Quilt Show a success including those who exhibited quilts and those who attended, Commercial Trust for donating funds for the booklet, the congregation of Linn Memorial and CMU for the use of the sanctuary and the Fayette newspapers for providing excellent coverage of all of the Peacemakers’ events.  They would like to extend a very special thank you to all their friends who helped set-up and take-down the show. Review of 2016 Peacemakers Quilt Show

banner for quilt showVisitors to the Peacemakers Quilt Show “In the Garden” were delighted by a wonderful display of almost 200 quilts and wall-hangings which made the sanctuary of Linn Memorial United Methodist Church bloom with color.  One of the Peacemakers’ goals for the show is to raise money for the Fayette Ministerial Alliance Food Pantry. Thanks to the wonderful support for the show they will be able to present a sizable check to the Food Pantry in the next few weeks.

206 Quilt ShowAnother goal is to share the beauty of quilting with the community and to provide quilters with a beautiful venue in which to show their work to others.  Many people commented on the love and hard work that had gone into each of the quilts on display in the show.  A number asked questions about how they could begin quilting or expressed an interest in retrieving some of their UFOs – unfinished objects in quilt lingo.

Quilt of Valor DisplayIn addition to organizing the annual quilt show the Peacemakers also make quilts for the national Quilt of Valor program.  They were able to display many of the 36 Quilts of Valor which they have presented in a special Quilts of Valor display in the back of church. 

The stage area at the front of the church provided a perfect venue to display some of the many quilts which embodied the show’s theme of “In the Garden.”  A slide show featuring flowers ran continuously providing a backdrop of color for the flower garden quilts.  Other special exhibits included a display of quilts and quilt tops made at the Peacemaker’s Quilt Camps and a display of African American quilts by Vidella Chapman.

The Market Place, which featured pincushions, placemats and other quilted items, Christmas ornaments, purses and quilt magazines, did a lively business throughout the show.  The winning ticket for the Peacemakers opportunity quilt belonged to Debbie Forderhase.

This is the nineth show sponsored by the Peacemakers Quilting Group.  Included in the group are Dorothy Jean Ayres, Linda Lembke, Julie Menees, Jo Rohr and Connie Shay.

The Peacemakers would like to thank everyone who helped to make the Peacemakers Quilt Show a success including those who exhibited quilts and those who attended, Commercial Trust for donating funds for the booklet, Paisley Boutique for the lovely bouquet for the silent auction, Appletree Quilting and Satin Stitches of Columbia and Missouri Country Quilters of Boonville for providing attendance prizes, the congregation of Linn Memorial and CMU for the use of the sanctuary and the Fayette newspapers for providing excellent coverage of all of  the Peacemaker’s events.