More than 900 visitors attend show of Faithful Circle Quilters' in Columbia

May 12, 1998

More than 900 visitors attended the Faithful Circle Quilters' biennial quilt show April 30 to May 2 at the First Presbyterian Church, at Route 108 and U.S. 29 in Columbia.

Two hundred and forty-four quilts were shown, including two raffle quilts of the same underwater scene: multicolored fish swimming through appliqued branches of seaweed. The raffle quilts -- one 92 inches square, the other 46 inches -- were made cooperatively by members of the 27-year-old Howard County group.

Terri Cup, a friend of Faithful Circle member Juliann Nankervis, won the smaller quilt. It was presented to her at the Faithful Circle's evening meeting May 4.

The bed-sized quilt was won by Linda Barrett of Sykesville, a friend of Faithful Circle member Judy Mummert. The quilt, valued at $3,500, is the first Barrett has owned, according to show Chairman Monica Thomas.

Proceeds from a silent auction of quilted items donated by Faithful Circle members will help finance guest speakers and fabric for "love quilts" that members donate to groups serving babies with AIDS, homeless people and a women's shelter.

Judy Ellwood, a National Quilting Association judge, awarded prizes for pieced and appliqued quilts, quilted hangings, clothing, miniatures and other items.

A quilted wall-hanging by Jan Tucker, a Faithful Circle member who died in April 1997, won Best of Show.

The piece, made with her own hand-dyed fabric, is called "Autumn Leaves."

Her appliqued quilt, the last one she completed, won third place in its category. It is titled "Another Lifetime."

Pub Date: 5/12/98

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