Northwest NEWS

September 23, 2002

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Quilting for the future

by Valley View staff
   Parishioners of Holy Innocents Catholic Church in Duvall have been cutting, piecing, sewing and hemming new quilts for months in preparation for the first-ever Duvall Quilt Auction.
   The live auction of handmade quilts will be held at Cherry Valley Farm on Cherry Valley Road in Duvall on Sunday, Sept. 29, starting with a preview at 1 p.m. Bidding will begin at 2 p.m. There will also be a bake sale.
   Cherry Valley Farm is located just east of Cherry Valley Elementary on the north side of the road.
   Diane Baker, owner of The Quilter's Garden on Main Street in Duvall, says that quilt auctions were popular in the 1800s.
   In fact, the women in the South raised enough money at quilt auctions during the Civil War to buy three gun ships for the war effort.
   In considering how they could raise money for the kitchen at the new church to be built on Cherry Valley Road, the women's group at Holy Innocents decided to sew enough quilts to have a really exciting auction. They started with quilting classes at the church. More than 40 people have worked on the quilts and it appears that there will be at least 30 quilts made by parishioners at the auction.
   In addition, some beautiful quilts have also been donated by people outside the parish. The quilts range in size from potholders to king-size bed quilts. The quilt blocks are in a variety of patterns: "Log Cabin," "Star Flower," "Churn Dash," "Nine Patch," "Puss in the Corner," "Irish Chain" and others.
   The blocks were assembled into colorful tops and quilted in designs called "Sunflower," "Stars and Loops," and "Stippling," among others. In addition to the quilts made by the church group, there will be other quilts on consignment for bidding.
   Local businesses in Duvall will display some of the quilts in their windows the day before the auction as part of the town's first annual Outdoor Quilt Show, called "A Festival of Color."
   Quilts can be seen on the outside of shops from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. The festival includes live quilting demonstrations and music. Programs and "People's Favorite" ballots will be available at the quilt show desk in The Quilter's Garden.
   Some historic quilts, including one that traveled to the USSR as part of a Children's Peace Project when Reagan and Gorbachev were presidents of their countries, and others that date to the mid-to-late 1800s and early 1900s, can be seen inside the Duvall Library or Duvall Books.
   Handmade quilts, both practical and artistic, have recently become valuable collector's items.
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