Rotary Quilt Show features WWII quilts
Posted: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 8:02 pm
Quilt making’s stamp on America’s history will be on full display during this year’s Paducah (Ky.) Rotary Club Antique Quilt Show and Sale.
In honor of the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II, Paducah’s Rotary Club antique quilt exhibit features the best of Sue Reich’s collection of quilts from the war years. The Rotary Show and Sale takes place through Saturday at the Robert Cherry Civic Center, 2701 Park Ave. in Paducah. The show coincides with the American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show in Paducah.
Ms. Reich, a Connecticut quilt historian, author and researcher, brings her collection of quilts made in the time period from 1941-45. Reich will offer interpretive presentations on her collection at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day through Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday.
“Many American women made warm and attractive quilts to benefit U.S. soldiers during the period 1940-1945, either as outright gifts or as raffle items to raise money for good causes,” said Ms. Reich. “These quilts were made while our fathers, grandfathers and other loved ones were on the battlefront.”
Many of the quilts feature military insignias and designs that help tell the story of one of the most volatile times in U.S. history.
In addition to the World War II exhibit, the 22nd annual Paducah Rotary Antique Quilt Show and Sale features a display of Hoffman Challenge Quilts. Dozens of quilt supply vendors also have booths at the Rotary show.
A $5 donation allows admission to the show for the entire week. All proceeds go to the Rotary Education Assistance Program (REAP), which offers college scholarships to deserving students in Paducah and McCracken County, Ky. All military veterans will be offered free admission to the Rotary show.
Rotary Quilt Show hours are from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. each day through Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The show is an officially sanctioned American Quilter’s Society event.
For more information, call (270)442-3418 or visit www.paducahrotary.org/quilt_show.
Published in The Messenger 4.21.10