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Friday, June 11, 2010

Quilts of Love: South Lebanon, OH Quilt Show

Today I played hooky and went to a small quilt show in South Lebanon, OH. It bill's itself as "Southern Ohio's Friendliest Quilt Show." I have to say that this little show is one with a lot of heart. The proceeds from the show go to fund the town' essentials--their fire and life squad.

The show is in two old school buildings. Vendors galore fill the spaces.

The show has some interesting quilts, many of them vintage. The colorful Lone Star quilt shown here is one of many by featured artist Lois Thacker. Her quilts are a wonder, and if you're in the Cincinnati/Dayton area you really have to go to the show just to see her quilts. I'll be covering some of them in the next few days.

I'm not really a yo-yo quilt person, but this one was intriguing. Myra Fields made this one called Boston Commons yo-yo quilt. I've never seen this method of setting them. Myra made 850 yo-yos out of 200 different fabrics and finished it in 2009.

Here you can see that the yo-yos are free standing....some yo-yo tops are sewn to a backing so that you can't see through them. Some are left open, and this is a combination of the two methods.

I went with two fellow quilters from the Miami Valley Quilter's Guild (one of the three I belong to), Chris Landis and Mary Miller.

Chris and I were taken by this "Lone Star" quilt which was made by Mattie Hall, I would guess in the 1930s.

The brights and sherbet colors are just...well...yummy. The quilting was really nice too.

Do visit the quilt show. The town is a cute little town established in the late 1700s. One of their 1795 buildings is open to the public during the show. It is a bit toasty in the schools as not all rooms are air conditioned. Food is on site, and I can recommend Chubby's Pizza two blocks away if you don't want to eat on site.

Admission is $5, and since parking is limited in the town of South Lebanon, you can take the shuttle from the River's Crossing shopping center (near the front of Kohl's. ). Take a'll be glad you did.

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