Quilt show to be held in Monette

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Buffalo Island Museum in Monette has completed plans for the first Quilt Show from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17.

Quilt owners Wanda Evans Lacey and Jill Smith Tilley, and Museum Committee member Royal Tilley. (Town Crier photo/Nan Snider)

"We have wanted to host a quilt show for quite some time, as there is a lot of interest in this area for quilts," Museum Committee member Royal Tilley said. "There will be no award for entries, and no charge for visitors to come and view them."

Entry forms are available at the museum, Monette City Hall, Kohn Memorial Library, as well as other businesses in Monette, Manila, Caraway, Leachville, Black Oak and Lake City. The deadline for entry will be Sept. 2, in order to secure placement in the show, as space is limited.

Ribbons for first, second and third place winners will be awarded in five categories, which include: quilt age (50 years or older); homemade quilts (of any age); machine made (any age); baby quilts; and art quilts (pretty, unusual, etc.).

For each quilt entered a chance to win a prize will be given. The winner of the blue ribbon will be a visitor's choice, with one form issued to each visitor who enters.

Two quilts are already on exhibit at the museum and include one was made in 1933 and one belonging to the Monette High School Class of 1960.

Jill Smith Tilley donated her mother's 1933 wedding ring quilt to be exhibited at the museum when it first opened. The quilt was made by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace Ball for her daughter Ruth Ball Smith, who married Dec. 23, 1933.

"My mother was considered an "old maid" when she married as she was 29," Jill Tilley said. "My grandmother was determined that Mother had a nice quilt for a wedding gift, as was the custom back then.

"My grandmother and her two friends Lacie Watson and Mildred Blankenship, pieced the quilt out of family dresses," Tilley said. "They put it up on a quilting frame in her home to complete the quilting process. Their stitches are very tiny and delicate, trademarks of quality handwork.

"Mother was always so proud of this quilt and wanted to pass it down to family members. She actually used it on her bed when I was growing up. I recall that when my brother Jack or I were sick, she would cover us up with it for comfort. Since I was mother's only daughter she passed it down to me. Most of the time I just had it rolled up and stored at the house. My daughter Lisa Taylor displayed it on her wall for years but brought it home when she redecorated. I knew more people would have a chance to enjoy seeing it up here than if I kept it in storage."

The Ball quilt is part of a heritage display on the second level of the museum. The display uses an antique bed frame, rope springs, and hand stuffed mattress, with the quilt on top.

Wanda Evans Lacey, from the MHS Class of 1960, made the green and white Buffalo Quilt in 1966, and it is also on display at the museum.

"After our 1965 Monette class reunion, I decided to make a quilt with green Buffalos on it, each inscribed with a classmate's name," Lacey said. "I brought it to the next class reunion in 1970. The classmates were very proud of it, and it has been on display at every reunion since then."

"When we celebrated our 50 year reunion in 2010, I asked the class what they wanted me to do with the quilt," she said. "We all agreed it should be put in the museum for everyone to enjoy. The classmates have always enjoyed seeing their names on the quilt. Many have autographed the square that their name is on. Now the classmates' children and grandchildren can enjoy the quilt, when they visit the museum."

"I was very pleased to learn the museum is hosting a quilt show in September, as I think everyone in this area will enjoy seeing the collection," Lacey said. "It brings back happy memories to see the quilts, as each one has a story to tell."

The Buffalo Island Museum has been awarded a grant for $2,500 from the Arkansas Humanities Council to make repairs to the south wall of the building and other repairs to the exterior of the structure.

"This is the maximum amount that can be awarded through this grant," Museum Chairman Ernestine Harrell said. "We received $2,500 in 2010 to make repairs to the windows and door on the east side of the building. We were able to complete that project last year. The museum project is also supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the Department of Arkansas Heritage."

Vendors wishing to set up a booth during the quilt show are asked to contact Monette Mayor Chub Qualls at 870-520-1632 or Ernestine Harrell at 870-486-5479. Vendors will be welcome to set up a booth outside of the museum to sell quilts, homemade items, Christmas decorations, home decorations, etc., but no food items. For more information persons may contact Museum Committee members Diana Sanders, Donna Rolland, Martha Wallace, Janie Miller or Jamie Rolland.

The Buffalo Island Museum email address is BuffaloIslandMuseum@yahoo.com. A new FaceBook site is listed at Buffalo Island Museum.

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  • Love seeing the quilts online....My mother (Alice Rolland Estes) loved designing & making quilts for everyone in the family.

    The Buffalo Island Museum staff is doing an excellent job of keeping the community history out on display and available for everyone to see....I encourage everyone locally and out of town who also appreciates OUR Museum to help support its daily operations...Maybe some day the Museum staff will be able to purchase the vacant lot next door for future growth....Thanks!

    -- Posted by fred rolland on Thu, Sep 20, 2012, at 7:27 AM
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