Quilts will feature 30 years of Charm Club

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Quilts featuring structures and the theme “Thirty” will be on display at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center July 13 through August 25 (submitted photo)

By Heather Lusk

This year’s Charm Club Quilt Show at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center may become a treasure hunt as many of the quilters have hidden the theme of “Thirty” into their quilts to celebrate three decades of quilting together.

“You can hunt for what they might be,” said Judy Pleiss, one of a handful of charter Charm Club members. “It was challenging to come up with something that was a little bit different.”

Each unique quilt is 30-by-30 inches. A second quilt  theme will show buildings, homes or fences.

“Houses are a common, popular theme within traditional quilt making, but we have more innovative ones as well,” Pleiss said.

The biennial show began at the SullivanMunce to display the charm quilts created by a group of women who simply wanted to collaborate and create that type of quilt, which doesn’t repeat any fabric design.

Pleiss appreciates that the Charm Club is supportive of the different styles that each quilter creates, whether traditional or contemporary in their approach.

“It’s been a beautiful experience being part of this group,” Pleiss said. “The group has changed over time. Bringing in new people is harder.”

The Show Girls, a group of nationwide quilters who attend an annual quilting, will also have several of their quilts at the museum. They incorporate the same fabric into each quilt, focusing on prints with dots this year.

Roughly two dozen quilts will be on display.

The exhibit is free and runs from July 13 through August 25 during regular hours at the SullivanMunce.


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