ATKINSON — The United Methodist Women of the Atkinson United Methodist Church will sponsor the third annual Quilt Show and Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, at the church. Chairman of the sale is Dorothy Speed, lay leader, assisted by Frances Conley, Helen Kinney, Phyllis Smith and Dorothy Speed.
A special attraction of the 1990 show is the Sesquicentennial Sampler Quilt being made in honor of the church’s 150th anniversary. Atkinson families were asked to submit squares for the quilt. Families represented in the 25-square quilt include Doore, Merrill, Kinney, Cole, Banas, Speed, Andrews, Richard, Harvey and Raymond. The center square, designed and completed by Judy Harvey and Janice Flowers, shows the church, the chandelier, an old chair and the date.
The first show originated when Phyllis Smith and Barbara Richard, UMW members, suggested the idea as a fund-raiser. More than 100 quilts were exhibited that first year, 1988. The quilts were displayed on church pews, walls and in the balcony. Quilts are exhibited from area residents and visiting summer residents, including Faith Banas, Ludlow, Mass., and Virginia Racine of Florida.
Expected to be on display is a wool, satin and velvet quilt made in the early 1930s, with feather stitching. Some quilts will be available for sale, as will pillow tops, tablecloths and other quilt-related items.
Included with the quilt display is a craft sale. Tables are available for rent of $10. People wanting to exhibit crafts should contact Dorothy Speed, 564-7539, or Dorothy Andrews, 564-3944.
A luncheon featuring assorted sandwiches, chips, relishes, desserts and beverages will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Coffee and doughnuts will be available throughout the show.
Proceeds from the show and craft sale are used to meet church expenses, including winter heating and salaries.