Quilt Show: ‘The museum is never more colorful’

Quilt Show: ‘The museum is never more colorful’
Lois Scott, this year's featured quilter at her home on Friday, April 18. She joined Pioneer Quilters in 1988. Photo by Emerson Malone

EUGENE, Ore. - The 38th annual Unbroken Thread Quilt Show returns to the Lane County Historical Museum this week and runs from Tuesday, April 22, to Sunday, April 27.

The quilt show, organized by the Pioneer Quilters, features quilts from over 30 club members, quilter Lois Scott’s works, a Boutique, a silent auction and demonstrations and speakers throughout the week. One-day admission is $6 and a weekly pass is $16.50. All proceeds benefit the Lane County Historical Museum. The hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“There will be 120 some quilts that are displayed among the wonderful old vehicles the historical museum has,” said Susan Mondon, the club’s public relations chair.

Quilts of all styles and colors will hang from rafters and along the walls, a raffle will be held for a set of squares sewn by club members, and visitors can choose their own quartets of 6-inch squares as a keepsake.

“The quilters bring in many hundreds of little gifts that we handcraft and donate to the museum to sell,” Mondon said.

Bob Hart, executive director of the museum, is glad to host the quilt show, which has been held at the museum for more than 30 years.

“The museum is never more colorful than when the quilters are here,” he said.

Hart said that quilting blossomed in the United States, and the history of the Oregon Trail can be followed in quilts and quilt designs.
Historical quilts are on display in the museum throughout the year, and will continue to be displayed during the quilt show.

“It’s an aspect of American folklore that’s incredibly important and continues even today,” he said.

Visitors will be able to see different styles of quilting, and quilters will be working on a frame throughout the show to demonstrate how quilts are made.

Featured quilter Lois Scott joined Pioneer Quilters in 1988. Her current project is a block quilt, and each blocks is from a different club member.

“Our club every now and then has a block exchange, so maybe 24 gals will sign up, and they will make a block for one person each month for 2 years,” she said. “It’s a nice way to get blocks made, and then you can put your quilt together.”

She began the quilt in October 2012, and will finish it in a few months.

“It’ll be about two years to get it quilted,” Scott said, admiring the 100-square inch quilt on its frame.

Scott started quilting when she was 17.

“When I was very young and my mother belonged to a quilting group, I would go with her,” she said. “Then my mother passed away so I didn’t do much towards quilting. I did a lot of sewing, and raised four children.”

Scott eventually returned to quilting and sews all her quilts by hand.
At her home, quilts hang from several walls and sit in neat stacks in her spare bedroom.

“It’s peaceful,” she said. “I can sit in here and listen to music, and my husband can be in there and watch his football and basketball.”

Scott will have four or five quilts on display at the show, including a block exchange quilt with celtic designs.

“I’ve never been the feature quilter before,” she said. “I’m very excited.”

PR chair Mondon finds a historical connection in quilting.

“So many people have stories of learning to quilt with their grandparents or having quilts that have been handed down in their families,” she said. “Fabrics can have memories.