Stitches in time


Marie Morse (right) and Janet Hett, her niece, both of Marion, looked at the quilts on display until Saturday during the sixth annual Quilt Show at Marion Public Library. Hett said her aunt enjoys the quilts and library having spent lots of volunteer hours in the library.

Each year, a library spokesperson said, the exhibit opens on or near National Quilting Day. Some of the quilts are hand-embroidered, which takes a lot of time and patience, said Marie Morse, one of the visitors viewing the exhibit Tuesday.

Inspired by generations of quilters, the sixth annual Quilt Show at Marion City Library has 20 quilts on display. The exhibit opened March 16 and will continue through Saturday, March 28.

?I admire the work and creativity it took to make all of these quilts,? she said.

Morse, who now lives at Marion Assisted Living, recalled making quilts and spending many hours volunteering at Marion Library when she moved back after living in Washington, D.C.

As she studied each of the quilts with her niece, Janet Hett, Morse was in awe of the designs and themes.

?These quilters did a very great job,? she said, ?especially quilts with the tiny, tiny pieces.?

Morse enjoyed the lighthearted themes, too, like the ?Wizard of Oz,? ?Santa Claus? and ?The Crazy Quilt.?

The display is something families might want to see and experience quilt-making traditions and the contributions crafters have made to their families and communities for many years.

Among the quilt-makers displaying their work or a contribution from a family member are: Amy Rowles, Janice Case, Kathy Silhan, Nancy Methvin, Dorothy Gilbert, Mary Travis, Margaret Hett, Alice Jost, Janice Waner, Malorie Hein, Judy Christensen, Diane Bronson, Judy Kill, Charlene Driggers, Elora Robinson, Fern Goodwin, Pauline Holub, Laurie Miesse, Jenn Winter, Vicki Kraus and Janet Marler.

The library is open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday and Thursday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, call the library at 620-382-2442.

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