2013-10-17 / Local & State

Quilt Club Show This Weekend

Celebrates late quilter Linda Kasper
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The Fulton County Quilt Club will hold its 33rd annual quilt show October 18, 19 and 20 at the Fulton Theatre located behind F&M Trust Co. in McConnellsburg. The show will be open Friday, October 18, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, October 19, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, October 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This year’s show is dedicated to the memory of Linda Kasper, who passed away last November. Linda began quilting in 2006. Although she took quilting classes and attended several quilt camps, most of her quilting knowledge was learned from the other members of the Quilt Club. Linda developed quilting skills rapidly. In fact, she finished her first bedsized quilt in June 2006 and entered it in the Huntingdon County Fair where it won a blue ribbon. In October 2007 she finished her first hand-pieced Cathedral Window quilt, which won first place in the Fulton County Quilt Show. In the few years that Linda was quilting, she completed five bed-sized quilts, two baby quilts, and numerous wall hangings, table runners, tote bags, and even a purse. Her quilts will be on display at this year’s show. Linda’s quilts show her artistic eye for color, her accurate piecing skills, and her machine and hand-quilting skills.

As with most quilters, Linda enjoyed visiting quilt shops and accumulated a “stash” of quilting fabric. Members of the Quilt Club have been challenged to use Linda’s fabrics to create baby quilts. The baby quilts will be donated in Linda’s memory to the Fulton County Catholic Mission as it launches The Gabriel Project this month. This program is designed to assist women in need with friendship and coordinate their needs such as transportation for medical care, housing, food, material needs and baby needs such as quilts. The baby quilts created for this challenge will also be on display at the quilt show.

Linda had almost completed hand piecing a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt for her granddaughter, Emilia, when she became sick. Some members of the Quilt Club have completed this quilt, and it also will be displayed during the show.

Linda was an integral part of the Quilt Club for seven years. She epitomized the mission of the Quilt Club and was always ready to learn new techniques as well as share her knowledge with those who needed her help. Her friendship, her quilting ability and her sunny smile are sorely missed.

At the conclusion of this year’s Quilt Show on Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. this year’s raffle quilt, “Baskets Full of Red,” will be raffled off as well as several door prizes. Raffle tickets are still available and may be purchased at the door. The Quilt Show is open to the public, and everyone is welcome!

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