GENOA – Pat Barger doesn’t want to miss a highlight of the Genoa Quilt Walk – a presentation by Leslie Goddard titled “Unraveling the Civil War Quilts.”
“I think I’ll close down and go hear her,” the Genoa woman said with a laugh.
At 1:30 p.m. March 27 at the Genoa Public Library, Goddard is expected to discuss a variety of quilts, including many used for the Underground Railroad, which guided runaway slaves towards freedom.
“There will be a lot of people there,” Barger said.
The fifth annual Quilt & Fiber Arts Walk will be held from Monday through March 29. Stores and businesses throughout the downtown district will display more than 100 quilts and fiber art works made by a number of quilters, most from this area. Some of the quilts, ranging from small pieces to wall hangings, may be available for purchase directly through the quilters, though not from the stores displaying them.
Barger, who calls herself “just a quilter” and is co-coordinating the event with Genoa Main Street board member Gene Bradford, said the purpose of the quilt walk is to draw people to the “unique and interesting” stores in downtown Genoa.
Among the new events this year is bed turning and quilt appraisals by Sherry Branson at 201 W. Main St. Barger said both were held two years ago, but not last year. Since it also will be spring break for Genoa school children, special activities will be held for them at the library, including a free showing of “Frozen” at 10:30 a.m. on March 26.
Other quilt events include Sharon Holmes demonstrating embroidery from 1 to 3 p.m. on March 28 and other demos on crocheting, tatting and bobbin lace by ladies from Basketcases Unlimited from 1 to 3 p.m. March 29 at 201 W. Main St. Barger said sewing machines will be set up at that same location for anyone wanting to sew patches of valor that can be picked up at participating stores. Twenty of the patches, she said, will be sewn into one quilt to be delivered to a veterans hospital.
The annual event was originally scheduled for January, but was postponed because of the bitter weather.
“The weather has a lot to do with it,” Barger said, adding she hopes all the snow will be gone by then. “No one was going to come out.”