Quilts turn sanctuary into a field of flowers

This year's quilt show at First Presbyterian Church of Goshen is another awe-inspiring spectacular

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  • The First Presbyterian Church was transformed by color and design (Photo by Ginny Privitar)

  • Judy Green displays colorful Christmas tree skirts (Photo by Ginny Privitar)

  • Stephanie Gesztesi sold her jewelry for the first time at the craft fair (Photo by Ginny Privitar)

  • Nancy Brandt from Warwick display bowl warmers and wineglass coaster (Photo by Ginny Privitar)

  • 1916-1920 Red and white quilt with hand quilted designs in white areas (Photo by Ginny Privitar)

  • The extraordinary artist who made this is unknown. White thread was pulled up and out to make the designs (Photo by Ginny Privitar)

  • Crazy Patch made with vintage cloth squares (Photo by Ginny Privitar)

  • Radiant Rainbows by Alberta Kelsey, 2001 (Photo by Ginny Privitar)

  • “Come Walk with Me in Springtime” by Alberta Kelsey (Photo by Ginny Privitar)

  • “Pineapple and Primrose” (2008) by Alberta Kelsey (Photo by Ginny Privitar)

  • 1830 sampler made by Mary Sheep, found in a jumble sale by the Rev. David Kingsley (Photo by Ginny Privitar)

  • Fine needlework on this exceptional blouse or camisole (Photo by Ginny Privitar)

  • Close-up of soutache work-flat decorative braid on a lady’s fichu (shawl) (Photo by Ginny Privitar)

  • Lady’s black fichu, worn around the neck, from the 1860s (Photo by Ginny Privitar)

  • Coverlet, circa 1825, the Rev. David Kingsley’s great-great-great-grandmother Holtz, made near Lancaster, Pa. (Photo by Ginny Privitar)

  • Blue and white tablecloth made from a kit (Photo by Ginny Privitar)

“When I look at how they must have made it, it just boggles the mind. At first I thought it was machine made. It’s just remarkable.”
Bette Ann Long

By Ginny Privitar

— The sanctuary looked more spring than late fall, like a garden in bloom.

At the First Presbyterian Church of Goshen's annual quilt show, craft fair and bake sale, visitors inspected needlework of every design and color combination, draped gracefully over the pews of the beautiful church. At the same time, crafters showed their wares om Fellowship Hall.

Favorites from former years returned along with new quilts. The industry involved in making these masterpieces was on display. There were cloths with hand-quilted designs so subtle, you had to look closely to see them. Vibrant original designs vied with pre-printed designs popular in the 1930s and 1940s.

Intricately crocheted and tatted collars of fine work were on view. The epitome of the handiwork shown was a delicate camisole, or blouse, with a lace collar breathtaking in its beauty and exquisite detail.

One of the oldest items on display was a faded sampler made by Mary Sheep in 1830. The Rev. David Kingsley found it at a jumble sale and had it professionally framed. Two overshot coverlets made by the Rev. Kingsley’s family members in Pennsylvania in the 1820s and 1830s were also on display.

"Overshot" refers to fabric made on a loom with a plain woven undyed cotton warp (vertical threads) and weft (woven horizontal threads), and repeating geometric patterns made with a supplementary dyed woolen weft.

An old favorite, a quilt made of wool with a blue background, center white star, and white tree and flower motifs, became even more interesting as Betty Ann Long, one of the organizers, explained the work. The unknown artist pulled some of it through to make raised floral dots and the other designs.

“When I look at how they must have made it, it just boggles the mind," Long said. "At first I thought it was machine made, but I don’t know how you would do this (by machine). It’s just remarkable.”

Kathy Alevras, Joan Howell and Bette Anne Long, co-chairs of the event, brought this beauty to the public. And those who contributed family heirlooms to the show helped make the show extra special.

Upstairs in Fellowship Hall, lots of holiday gift items were on sale, including colorful tree skirts, glass vases full of delicate light strings, knitted items, and jewelry.

Over at St. Paul’s, another craft fair was in full swing. Boys Scouts from Goshen’s Troop 63 sold Christmas wreaths, which they’ll continue to do at the Kwik-Stop on weekends.

Children delighted in having their picture taken with Santa. A pair of sisters, Lilly and Leila Hunter, posed prettily. Jacob Colon, age one, wasn’t too sure about being on Santa’s lap, as he vacillated between cries of distress and happy smiles. All had a good time.

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