2008-10-23 / Local & State

Lifelong Quilter's Work Highlight Of Festival Show

94 quilts shown at annual quilt club event
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Larry and Bonnie Flook hold his grandmother Clara Flook's "scrap basket" pattern quilt that was featured in this year's quilt show during the Fall Folk Festival. Larry and Bonnie Flook hold his grandmother Clara Flook's "scrap basket" pattern quilt that was featured in this year's quilt show during the Fall Folk Festival. Thirteen quilts worked by a woman who quilted for most of her 97 years were the highlight of the Fulton County Quilt Club's annual show and contest during the 35th Fulton Fall Folk Festival.

Clara Elizabeth Flook's 13 quilts were some of the 94 quilted items, all stitched and pieced in a plethora of shapes, sizes and designs, that made up the popular weekend show.

Flook, a Myersville, Md., farm woman, died in 1983 and although she quilted for practical reasons, she considered quilting a real pleasure.

"Clara worked on quilts every day, a little in the morning, a little in the afternoon and evenings, too," said Bonnie Flook, wife of Clara's grandson, Larry.

The Flooks reside in the Needmore area.

All of the quilts made by Flook that were featured, except one, were pieced and quilted by her alone, mostly in the 1970s.

Flook's quilts were all her own designs, her patterns and her color choices. Most of her quilts were pieced by hand and all quilting was done by hand.

She also quilted with a church group at least once a week and sometimes twice a week. Many of her quilts were auctioned off for her church.

Winners in the quilt contest included Barbara Nellemann, Mc- Connellsburg, Best in Show, for her "pineapple" pattern 85x85-inch entry. Nellemann won Best in Show at last year's show and contest. Also taking home top honors were longtime quilter Velma Leese, Needmore, second place, best use of color, "bargello" pattern, and Harriet Hill, Manheim, Pa., formerly of Big Cove Tannery, took the Silver Thimble Award for best quilting stitches. Her winning 90x104 "sampler" quilt was her first-ever attempt at quilting. Wanda Hann of McConnellsburg won the coveted People's Choice Award for her appliqued "Country Love" quilt.

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