Quilts still the main attraction

By Portia Williams - [email protected]

SOUTH SHORE, Ky. — Beautiful, hand-crafted quilts, live music and dance performances, food and fun make up the tapestry of the annual South Shore Quilt Show. This year’s Show was held Sept. 23-25.

Dave Piatt, director of the South Shore Quilt Show, said many come through the doors of First Christian Church on Saturday eager to see who the winners are.

“The quilts come in Thursday and Friday, and a lot of people work until late, so until five and six o’clock in the evening we are still taking in quilts,” Piatt said. “Then they judged them Friday night, so the ribbons have actually been presented, and are on the quilts, so what you see right now are people coming in and seeing if they have won, or have not.”

The overall winner of the 2016 South Shore Quilt Show, was Gloria Brown.

“The overall winner this years was this blue on blue quilt, which was done by Gloria Brown,” Piatt said. “That is a hand-pieced, hand-stitched quilt which is very large, and that means that it is tons of work invested in it. Anybody in here will tell you that there is more work invested in that than any of the others, for the time that it takes to do something like that by hand.”

The judges of the Quilt Show are typically drawn to the traditional style of quilt designs, according to Piatt.

“Years ago that is the way the way that it was always done, but now its all done by machine, and the quilts are getting smaller, and smaller,” Piatt said. “Some of them are more like wall decorations than the traditional, but a lot of our judges are older women, and they like the more traditional quilts better than the newer, more modern ones.”

Jackie Longton, said she has been participating in the South Shore Quilt Show since it’s inception.

“We have been bringing quilts since the very beginning, and we do very well. When I first started it was an outlet for me,” said. I moved here from California, and I knew nobody. So I went to the Lucasville Library, and they had a sign out saying that they were going to teach quilting, and I was asked to sign up. I signed up, then I got a call the next week, and the woman who was teaching the class got a full-time job, and asked me to teach, and that was 12 years ago, and I have been involved with this ever since. And some of the students, like Beverly have been with me the whole time. I plan on being a part of this as long as long as I can.”

2016 South Shore Quilt Show winners:

Overall grand prize

Queen size hand pieced and hand sewn, Gloria Brown

Wall hangings

1st place – Suzie Konges

2nd place – Suzie Konges

3rd place – New patron

Small quilts

1st place – Barbara Wagner

2nd place – Donna Humble

3rd place – Cathy Chaffin

Medium quilts

1st place – Beth Ann Boggs

2nd place – Cathy Bear

3rd place – Beth Ann Boggs

Large quilts

1st place – Beverly Jones

1st place – Beth Ann Boggs

3rd place – Gloria Brown

3rd place – Beverly Jones


1st place – Donna Kline

1st place – Troop 98 – (Judy Saunders, Darlene Horter)

2nd place – Angela Erwin

Oversize quilts

2nd place – Cathy Bear

3rd place – New patron





By Portia Williams

[email protected]

Reach Portia Williams at 740-464-3862, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.

Reach Portia Williams at 740-464-3862, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.