Duncan Banner Quilt Show

Jennifer Stewart of Duncan feels the soft texture of the dotted minkee fabric used in Trudy Masonu’s baby blanket Saturday at the Stephens County Historical Museum’s 28th annual Quilt Show.

By Derrick Miller

A variety of colors covered the walls and provided interesting patterns for people to admire.

The Stephens County Historical Museum held its 28th annual Quilt Show Friday and Saturday to display the skills of Stephens County quilters.

Gayla Mosteller, show chairwoman, said, “I think it’s wonderful because it shows the talent of Stephens County and the history of Stephens County. A lot of these quilts are family heirlooms.”

The show had 76 quilted items, several of which had been passed down from generation to generation. Other pieces were more modern quilts made especially for the show, and some were prize-winning entries from the 2006 Stephens County Free Fair.

“We don’t have as many (quilts) this year but we still have a good number,” Mosteller said. “Some of the ones here were done in a weekend. Some took up to three years to complete.”

Pee Wee Cary, museum director, said 1,131 people from 14 states and three countries attended the show last year, and based on the flow of visitors, he said he expected the museum to have more people this year.

Each person attending the event was invited to sign the guest book and was given a plastic glove. The gloves allowed for the quilt show patrons to touch the dispays without transfering the oils on their hands. Wearing the gloves, people were able to lift up the quilts in order to look at the backs, which shows more of the character of the items.

Mosteller said the show was important to Stephens County because it provided a chance to show off the quality of the workmanship of local quilters.

“I think we’ve got a high quality of quilters in Stephens County,” she said. “I’ve been to other shows, and I think we have a higher quality.”

Many pieces submitted in the show were made by the same people. For instance, Jan Dyer entered about eight quilts, with each destined to go to a family member following the event.

“When I make a quilt, I make it for someone,” Dyer said. “I know the person, and I know their personality. I love to see it (the personality) come through.

“Every quilt has its own personality.”

Mosteller said the show had as many entries as it did because more people have been taking up quilting as a hobby.

“Quilting was kind of a dying art,” she said. “But a lot of people are getting into quilting. It’s is relaxing.”

In the show, no awards are given, and the quilts are displayed for viewing pleasure. But next year, things will get competitive, Mosteller said.

“Next year, we’re having a quilt challenge,” she said. “We’ll give out viewers choice awards, which will be the first time awards have been given.

“Anyone from Oklahoma will be able to enter the quilt challenge next year, as long as they use the ‘Road to Oklahoma’ block somewhere in their quilt.”

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