The Salt River Quilt Show
The Fourth Annual Salt River Quilt Show, “It’s Fall Y’all”, was held Saturday and Sunday, October 5th & 6th, at the Mark Twain Memorial Shrine in Florida, Missouri. The show was co-hosted by the Monroe County Historical Society and the Mark Twain Birthplace State Historic Site. Eighty-nine lovely quilts were displayed this year, submitted by over thirty-five local quilters. Over 350 visitors viewed the quilts over the weekend.
Prizes were awarded for first through third places in five categories. Winners in the “autumn” category were Kathy Miller of Frankford with a first place ribbon for her quilt “Autumn Harvest”. Second place in the category was won by Carol Wyss of Mexico with “October Morn”. Third place went to Geneva Duff of Philadelphia with “Fall Leaves”.
In the “wildflowers” category, the first place winner was Amanda Haas of Curryville with her quilt “Follow the Sun”; second place winner was Gina Janes of Hannibal with her “One-Block Wonder”; and third place went to Sue Ann Winking of Quincy, Il., with her “4 x 4 Quilt”.
In the “1930’s” category, Rita Lentz of Hannibal won first place with “Yo-yo Blossoms”; Lori Ellis of Hannibal won second with the quilt “Dresden Plates” , quilted by her mother; and Linda Narramore of Louisiana won third with her “Trip Around the World” quilt.
In the “18 & younger” category, Abigail Haas won first place with her Bargello quilt “Lightning Bolt” and third place with “Bunny”; second place went to Kameron Arnett for her nautical-themed quilt “Anchors”.
In the miscellaneous category (“anything goes”), Lesa Spegal of Frankford won first place with her quilt “Getting to Know Who?”. Second and third place in the category went to Carol L. Hark of Hannibal, for her quilt “Kashmir” and her Bargello quilt “Links”, respectively.
Carol Wyss of Mexico won both the Judge’s Choice and People’s Choice ribbons this year, for her quilt “October Morn”.
Prizes for each of the winners were donated by local quilt shops and other local businesses. These included The A-Z Quilt Shop in Quincy, The Bits and Pieces Quilt Shop in Hannibal, The Midwest Quilt Company in Shelbina, Stitch and Clip Quilting of Lentner, County Line Quilts of Mexico, Homestead Hearth Fabric Store of Mexico, Country Homemakers Club of Paris, First National Bank of Paris, Ben Franklin of Monroe City, and Opera House Antiques and Uniques of Monroe City.
A craft show was held in conjunction with the quilt show, at Huck Hall in Buzzards Roost picnic area in Mark Twain State Park. Visitors who attended both shows and got their “passports” punched at both places were eligible for a grand prize drawing. This year’s prize, a lovely autumn wreath, was donated by a local florist shop, the Applebee Tree in Monroe City. it was won by Gus Filla of Washington, Missouri.
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