There were many beautiful old favorites along with several new entries at the 12th annual "Quilts of the Congregation and Friends," presented at the First Presbyterian Church in Goshen on Nov. 23.
It’s hard to describe how glorious these quilts look arrayed on the pews of the historic church. Many awe-inspiring examples of needlework, including lacework, embroidery, and cross-stitch, were on display. Some of the early handmade items are jaw-droppingly impressive, especially when you think of the work and skill involved in making them.
One particular favorite was made by Josephine Hutchinson Wikel in the 1870s. She died at age 34 but left the unforgettable legacy of her coverlet to her descendants, who handed it down through the generations and made it available for us to marvel at. This coverlet was literally made from scratch. Wikel raised the sheep, spun their wool into thread, dyed it, and wove it into the coverlet. She grew and harvested the flax, spinning the linen thread from it, dyeing it, and weaving it into the design. The colors of the white and blue threads have endured, but the red threads have faded.
“It’s really wonderful to see all these beautiful hand-done quilts by people from long ago who took so much time to do these kind of things,” said visitor MaryEllen Count from Blooming Grove. “It’s really a gift to be able to see them today.”
Bette Anne Long, one of the coordinators of the show, along with Kathleen Alevras, said, "We’re very grateful to the people who share their quilts with us. Some of them are very, very old and fragile. Some were just finished a couple of days ago. But we like all of them, and we’re always glad to show them off.”
The show was accompanied by a holiday craft fair that showcased local talent. As in previous years, proceeds from the quilt show and fair will be donated to the Goshen Ecumenical Food Pantry.
If you missed the show this year, be sure to catch it next November.