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Quilting tradition continues at Zion Church
July 07, 2016 Jerry Purvis   

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Quilting. It’s a tradition handed down from grandmothers to mothers to daughters over the years. This weekend, the public is invited see more than 100 examples of the quilters’ art.

The Oregon Trail Days Quilt Show celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, showing Friday, July 8 through Sunday, July 10 from noon to 5 p.m. each day at the Gering Zion Church, 11th and O Streets – just a block from downtown. The theme of this year’s show is “Now and Then, I Remember,” hosted by the Panhandle Quilt Guild.

Also at the show, guild members plan a presentation on both Friday and Saturday at 1 p.m. on the historical references depicted in the “Trails Across Western Nebraska” quilt, made by guild members in 1997. In 2002, the quilt was donated to Legacy of the Plains Museum.

Voting for the Viewer’s Choice awards ends at 5 p.m. on Saturday. The public is invited to return on Sunday to see if their favorites ended up as winners.

Also on Sunday from 1 – 3 p.m. the group Robidoux Pass will be playing some country and folk music while people enjoy the quilts.

Hundreds of silent auction items and other small items will be available for purchase at the show. Plus raffle tickets may be purchased for $1 each for the ever-popular Serendipity Quilt.

Event organizer Anita Allen said this year’s Serendipity Quilt is called “Calypso Shells” with the winner drawn at the conclusion of the show in Sunday.

“A different group of volunteers makes the Serendipity Quilt each year for the next year’s event,” Allen said. “The money we raise is used from bringing in teachers for our classes throughout the year.”

The Panhandle Quilt Guild, organized in 1991, has more than 100 member from communities around the Panhandle. Some of the town represented include Chadron and Crawford, Kimball, Sidney, Alliance, Morrill, Minatare, Bridgeport, as well and Gering and Scottsbluff.

Guild members meet monthly in different locations around the Panhandle from September through June. Their mission is to contribute to the growth, appreciation and knowledge of quilting and its rich history. Meetings will usually feature speakers and demonstrators sharing their knowledge about quilting.

Throughout the year, guild members are also involved in community service projects, making tote bags, crib quilts and pillow pals to distribute to children’s service agencies in the community.
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