PRESERVING HERITAGE CRAFTS
by Donna Anderson
|The Heritage Craft Building's purpose is
to preserve and show the many skills our
ancestors developed so creatively.The Heritage
Quilts and Crafts Show was started in 1994
by Marvel Washnok, Darlene Jaeger and Ardath
May. It is now continued by Donna Anderson,
Marvella Shatter, Lois Ahschlager, and the
Aberdeen Quilt Guild.
During the show, many workers and exhibitors
can be found demonstrating various crafts
and skills used by our ancestors. Over 100
quilts and crafts are exhibited each year.
Over the years, we have featured many different
kinds of quilts and heritage craft items,
but always welcome all quilts and crafts.
We have featured Christmas quilts and crafts,
Sun Bonnet Sue, Redwork, Patriotic, Floral
Fancies and Needlework, Vintage quilts, Handbags
and Hats, Children's quilts and toys, Star
quilts, Tie quilts and crafts, Anniversary
quilts, Yo-Yo quilts and crafts, Two Color
quilts, Crazy quilts and Yarn work, quilts
for Men, Batiks and Antique Irons and Ironing
Boards, and Embroidery and applique. For
the 2015 show we featured Antique Cars and
Trucks, Art quilts, log cabin quilts and
original art. For the 2016 show, our theme
The theme for the 2017 show is Modern quilts,
Game and Organizing quilts and crafts.
Exhibitors can click here to download and print the exhibitor forms for showing your items at the show.
Sue Clynick has frequently displayed her
wonderful antique purses and fine collectables.
And another year Judy Zeck showed her collection
|A very popular demonstration was presented
by Myron Garrels with his shoelace making
|During the Quilts for Men show Dale Fliehs
presented an educational Military display.
|With our Antique Irons, Kate Kelly displayed
her toy irons and laundry toys collection.
In 2016 her collection of antique toy sewing
machines was on display:
Throughout the three days of the show, several
of our members volunteer to demonstrate their
skills in the showroom, and chat with visitors.
We have trunk show programs featuring many
talented ladies from around the state.
Elaine Lenzen demonstrates a sock knitting
|Ongoing demonstrations of sewing on an antique
treadle machine are given by Marvella, Maryann
Gusinius, and Bonnie Osten, and Lois demonstrates
hand quilting. Denise Brown and Marvella
can be found sewing up something during the
show and helping others understand the fun
of quilting. Maryann demonstrates Swedish
|Lori Holt and Stacy Hadrick of Quilter's
Corner display and demonstrate craft and
|The Heritage Crafts activities provide a
welcome opportunity to discuss techniques
and patterns and fabrics and sewing machines
and other topics of interest.
We always appreciate the support of our local
quilters and quilt guild members in setting
up and taking down the show. The best part
of the show is getting together with friends
and having that common thread of quilting
Continue to the story of Kate Kelly's Toy Irons
See you at the Show!