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Historic Fort Steuben set to host Quilt Show

April 11, 2013
From staff reports , Weirton Daily Times

STEUBENVILLE - The 2013 Spring Quilt Show in the Visitors Center at Historic Fort Steuben will feature more than 100 years of quilts with designs ranging from simple patchwork to more intricate creations.

Running from Saturday to April 27, the show features works from 17 quilters and includes full-size ones as well as baby quilts.

In addition to the exhibit, Historic Fort Steuben will present a program on early American cooking, "A Taste of the 18th Century," at 2 p.m. Saturday. Recipes, utensils and cooking methods will be demonstrated by Kelly Paul, a history re-enactor.

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SHOW TO BEGIN — Judy Bratten, executive director of Historic Fort Steuben, checks out one of the quilts that will be on display when the visitors center hosts a quilt show that begins Saturday and continues through April 27. -- Contributed

If weather permits, there will be an outdoor presentation. A $5 donation is requested for the event.

"Since the fort was an all-male military base, there aren't many items on exhibit that reflect the life of frontier women. We try to make up for it during our April programs," explained Judy Bratten, executive director of Historic Fort Steuben.

"Quilting, which has become an art form, was both a necessity and a creative outlet for women over the centuries. Cooking, too, has also been a means of expression as well as a way to meet daily needs. I am pleased that our exhibit and programs reflect the resourcefulness and sense of beauty of women through the years," Bratten said.

Among the quilts on display is one on loan from Alan Hall, director of the Public Library of Steubenville and Jefferson County. The Sunbonnet Sue quilt was begun by his mother, Flossie Heddleston Hall, in 1962 with the intention of completing it in time for his 1972 high school graduation. She also made a quilt for his brother's 1977 graduation.

"While my mother did a lot of sewing, the two quilts were the only ones she ever made. She always said, 'I love to sew, but I don't like to quilt, and these were done only because of love.'"

"A Basket Full of Joy" is a quilt with a story from Joy Molinaro. "I had made my daughter a quilt with kittens when she was younger, and I wanted to do the same for her daughter - my first granddaughter, Emma. I had seen a picture of a kitten in a basket and decided that was what I wanted to do. But as I was laying out the pieces, I thought it needed something else, and I decided to add the butterfly."

Bratten noted that a spring vendor sale will be held during the quilt show on April 20. Vendors at the event will include Gold Canyon Candles, Origami Owl, the Pampered Chef, Pink Zebra, Pampered Pup Treat Co., Scentsy, Silpada Designs Jewelry, Thirty-One and Tupperware. "This is an opportunity to do some Mothers' Day or bridal shower shopping while supporting local business women," she added.

The spring quilt show will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday. For information, call (740) 283-1787 or e-mail

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