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Quilt show held a week later than planned at heritage center

The Marion County Heritage Center served as a showcase for the Heart of Kentucky Quilt Show on Saturday.
The show took place Feb. 1, a week after it was originally scheduled, but the visitors didn’t seem to mind the calendar change.
“It’s like eye candy. I just can’t get enough,” Ann Mattingly said.
Mattingly is a quilter, and she said coming to the show gives her ideas for future projects. Mattingly came to the show with her mother, Wendy Dye, who is also the person who taught her how to quilt.
“It’s just a relaxing thing to do,” Dye said.
During the show, Dixie Hibbs spoke about the history of quilting in the United States with samples of different types of quilts from different historical periods.
Hibbs explained that pioneer women made sure to pack needles, thread and materials to make quilts when they traveled. Many early needles were made of bone.
“They created everything from the raw materials to the finished product,” Hibbs said.
The early settlers valued steel needles, and those needles could often be used when trading with Native American tribes, according to Hibbs.
She added that more quilts were made in the 1930s than any other time in American history. In the midst of the Great Depression, people tried to save and reuse whatever they could.
Many quilts are meant to tell a story, according to Hibbs. As an example, she shared a story about French Gen. Marquis de Lafayette, who aided the colonists during the Revolutionary War. During a return visit to the United States in the 1820s, he cut an orange peel four times and removed it whole. A woman used the peel as the basis for a quilt pattern that is known today as “Lafayette’s orange peel.”
“Quilts are history,” Hibbs said.
Martha Potter of the Marion County Homemakers, who helped put on the show, said they’ve had trouble with weather the last few years. Nevertheless, she said it was nice to be able to see what other quilters have done.
“It inspires you to want to do more,” Potter said.