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PRESERVING HERITAGE CRAFTS
by Donna Anderson

Sewing Demonstration in the Heritage Crafts Building

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 is Open - whatever our exhibitors' imaginations create.


Exhibitors can click here to download and print the exhibitor forms for showing your items at the show.

A very popular demonstration was presented by Myron Garrels with his shoelace making machine:
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 2015 her collection of antique toy sewing machines was on display:
Sue Clynick has frequently displayed her wonderful antique purses and fine collectables. And another year Judy Zeck showed her collection of Salts.

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 machine
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 weaving.


Lori Holt and Stacy Hadrick of Quilter's Corner display and demonstrate craft and sewing materials

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 and crafts.

Continue to the story of Kate Kelly's Toy Irons

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