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St. Luke's quilt show will feature hundreds of quilts

Talk about a quilter's paradise.

Hundreds of quilts will be on display when St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Seventh and Vermillion streets, holds a quilt show from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13.

The church held a quilt show in 2009 and had 180 quilts on display. It is hoped that about 300 quilts will be displayed this year, according to show co-chair Peggy Varien.

"We wanted to do something different from other fundraisers," she said. "A lot of the women of the church do quilting and are creative."

In fact, quite a few of the women, led by Leota Truax, got together and completed a queen-size quilt that will be given away during the show.

The quilt is multi-colored with blues and burgundy on one side, with burgundy on the opposite side.

Varien and other church women are also members of the community Spiral Piecemakers quilt group and most of that group is expected to show their quilts during the upcoming show. Some of the LeDuc quilts are expected to be shown.

"There will be a lot to look at," Varien promised. The quilts will be displayed in the church sanctuary, three quilting supply vendors will be available in the adjoining room, and door prizes will be awarded.

At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12, a "Quilts Sewn in Love" bed turning will be held. Several quilt makers will bring their quilt materials, place them on bed frame and then pick up the individual pieces while telling the story of the quilt.

A luncheon of homemade soup and sandwich and homemade pies will be sold for $7. Admission to the show is $5. The tickets for the homemade quilt are $2 each or three for $5. They will be available at the show.

Donations of quilts for the show (none will be sold) are being sought. Anyone interested can bring them to the church between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11. Quilt stories will be attached to each quilt. The information will include the pattern, the quilt's name, the quilt maker, and the story about the quilt. The information will be typed onto special cards. All quilts will be secured in the building.