Quilt Extravaganza at the Dietrich Theater

First Posted: 9/19/2014

On Airing of the Quilts Day, Saturday, Oct. 4, the Dietrich Theater in Tunkhannock will host an exhibit entitled “Our Quilting Community” in the Earnshaw Gallery. Gathered and installed by Ingrid Rogler and Margie Hovan, the display features local quilting treasures.

Kathy Hall will present a lecture on “Downton Abbey Fabrics” at 11 a.m. in the Evans Theater with a corresponding trunk show in the Fassett Studio. All visitors will have a final opportunity to buy raffle tickets for the three quilts of Laurie Mace.

Hall is the Director of Design for Andover Fabrics and Curator of the Downton Abbey Fabric Collection. She will show slides of her visit to England and High Tower Castle and tell how the fabrics were selected from hundreds of period documents, even revealing why a tiny shamrock became very important.

Find out if the downstairs staff is represented. Or Lady Grantham or Rose? Will there be an Egyptian touch? Tickets are available by calling 570-996-1500 or at the door as long as they last.

Downton Abbey is also represented in “Our Quilting Community” exhibit in the Earnshaw Gallery with the “Downton Abbey Mystery Quilt,” pieced by Laura Reidenbach and machine quilted by Sharon Barondean. The various blocks represent characters and events in the PBS series: Titanic, King’s Crown, Mary’s Block, Castle Garden and British Wedding. The quilt was made between November, 2013, and March, 2014.

Friends of Peoples State Bank, now PS Bank, created a “100th Anniversary Quilt,” celebrating 100 years of community banking. It was pieced by Nancy Jones and Pam Quentin of Wyalusing, quilted by Valeria Hill of Camptown and embroidered by Sisters in Stitches of Camptown, including all the bank officers from 1914 to the present.

Another quilt in the exhibit is “Just Judie,” created when a group of friends decided to enter a Judie Rothermel online competition, requiring the inclusion of 10 of the 26 prints in the Judie Rothermel 25th Anniversary collection.

Other quilts in the exhibit include the family quilts of Peggy Lane, quilting teacher at the Dietrich Theater, and family quilts of Debbie Grow, known also for her masterful machine quilting.

While at the Dietrich Theater, attendees are invited to check out the fundraising committee’s sale of baked goodies, handmade scarecrows and hand painted pumpkins. All proceeds from these sales fund free classes for children, including preschool art classes.

For additional information, call 570-996-1500.

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