She learned to quilt so she'd have one Works on display at the Ag Center

September 24, 1993|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,Staff Writer

After wishing for a handmade queen-size quilt for years, Diann M. Paarmann took needle and thread into her own hands.

"I knew I would never be able to afford a quilt, so I learned quilting," she said. "I have done a lot of crafts, but once I hit quilting, that was the thing for me."

Her "grandmother's flower garden quilt" took two winters to piece together and nearly five months to sew.

It now is the finishing touch in the master bedroom of her Woodbine home.

Four years after she learned the craft, Ms. Paarmann wears a crazy quilt vest and throws her handmade quilt across the bed.

She is looking for the perfect spot in her home for "When a Dragon Cries," a quilted wall hanging of a gray mouse passing a handkerchief to a dragon that's crying golden tears.

The multicolored picture resulted from a fabric challenge issued to members of Everybody's Quilt Guild, a local quilters' group.

"You get three fabrics and you choose three more and then you go with it," said Ms. Paarmann.

A quilting frame, where she is working a white-on-white pattern, sits in a corner of the family room.

When she is not managing her seven-acre tree farm, Ms. Paarmann is stitching at the frame -- but only on quilts.

"I hate sewing buttons on or doing hems," she said. "I told my husband that's like asking Van Gogh to paint a garage."

Several of Ms. Paarmann's works will be displayed tomorrow and Sunday at the September Harvest of Quilts at the Ag Center in Westminster.

Everybody's Quilt Guild is sponsoring the show, its first since the group formed six years ago.

Members will display about 60 quilts, a dozen of which will be for sale, and several wall hangings.

The 22-member guild also made a queen-size bear's paw quilt -- valued at about $800 -- to be raffled for a $1 a chance.

The quilters will conduct workshops and demonstrate their craft from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $2 for adults, children under 12 free.

Proceeds benefit Jerusalem Lutheran Church in Westminster where the guild meets monthly. Members also hope to buy quilting books for the county libraries with profits from their sales.

The coverlets can be an investment of a lifetime, said Ms. Paarmann.

Families pass them along from generation to generation.

"I intend to use mine all the time," she said.

"They will keep forever if you wash them in cool water and keep them away from the dryer."

For information about the show, call 876-8058.

Also at the Ag Center Saturday, stamp collectors should head for the 23rd annual show and auction, sponsored by the Carroll County Philatelic Association. It's free.

From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., dealers will exhibit stamps for sale. The auction begins at 3:30 p.m.

"This event is purely for collectors," said Roger Gratz, chairman of the event, which is returning to Westminster after several years in Mount Airy.

Mr. Gratz said that collectors will find stamps from all over the world.

"We have first day, local and postal history covers [envelopes with stamps]," he said.

"We even have stampless covers from the days before we started using stamps."

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