Wiregrass Quilt Show Displays Local Talent

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Oct. 19, 2019 at 3:10 PM CDT
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Alabama is turning 200 and with that age comes years of history. As part of the Bicentennial celebration, Landmark Park is displaying dozens of quilts.

Every quilt is unique. Some hand stitched others, machine sewn, but all of them have one thing in common - a creator with a story.

Loretta Tullis makes quilts for her grandchildren and proud to show them off.

"Each of the other four grandchildren's quilts have been here," said Tullis, featured Quilter.

This one, the final quilt to appear at Landmark Park's Alabama Bicentennial Quilt Show. It's for her grandson Luke.

“So to begin with, I put an insect in each one. So if my grandson gets the quilt and he decides to look in the center, he will find insects.”

It's design is Pine Burr, patterned on the state quilt.

"You cut them out and then you do the folding and then stitch them together."

It's made to look like a pinecone .With the colors woven together for Luke who is fascinated by bugs.

"Insects, they are so brilliantly colored sometimes."

More than 150 patterns are on display.

"Alabama has a very large community of quilters. And that's something that's been going on for many many many years," said Betty Jones, Quilter.

Some made for warmth and others for art.

"If it's a new quilt. It will be history, because somebody will leave it behind for a family member," said Vickie Meadows, Quilter.

Quilters tell me their greatest gift - time and patience.

"I think you have to love it. I have my mother in law who quoted quills to keep people warm. And that was her goal. And we move beyond that. Now quilts are more like an art form," said Meadows, "So much talent in here and there's so much work in here."

The quilts are in the activity barn at Landmark Park. You can vote on your favorite at the show Saturday 10a.m. to 4p.m. or Sunday 1p.m. to 4p.m.