Antique Quilts Celebrate Region’s Rich Heritage
(Shopping News Photo by Donald Reese)
Historic Poole Forge cordially invites the public to visit “Antique Quilts in the Mansion” an exhibition celebrating Pennsylvania’s rich textile heritage. A wide variety of quilts are featured on two floors of the recently renovated 18th century Ironmaster’s Mansion.
Quilts date from the late 1800’s to the 1950’s and Lucy Mertz, chairwoman of the quilt committee at Poole Forge, says she is “excited by the colorful, unusual, and intricate designs and patterns featured in the show, including a solid colored Welsh quilt in a Celtic design.” Among the many quilts displayed: Applique, Log Cabin, Dresden Plate, Grandmother’s Flower Garden, Goose Tracks, Trip Around the World, Bowmansville Star, Saw Tooth, Bow Ties and Crazy Quilts.
“Antique Quilts in the Mansion” is open from Monday, March 10 to Saturday, March 15 with hours on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There is a cost for tickets. Children under 10 years of age admitted for free. Quilt appraisals by Dawn Heffner are offered on Friday and Saturday. Although walk in appraisals are welcome, to avoid a lengthy wait, appointments are recommended by calling 717-445-1217. There is a cost for the quilt appraisal.
A popular feature of the 2012 quilt show will return: “Maggie’s Attic,” a flea market area for quilters, knitters and craft lovers located on the second floor of the West Tenant House. A light lunch will be offered for sale and quilt show attendees can savor locally made soups, sandwiches, drinks and desserts in the historic West Tenant House, located beside the charming covered bridge.
Historic Poole Forge is the welcoming “Eastern Gateway to Lancaster County,” located at 1940 Main Street in Churchtown, on Route 23, three miles east of the Shady Maple Complex and just five miles off the Morgantown exchange of the Pennsylvania turnpike.
Shown in the photo are (left to right): Betty Martin and Betty Miller (quilt committee members). Missing from photo: Lucy Mertz.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 04 March 2014 10:44)