Tish Rudd was one of the first people Tucker called. Rudd said that she could hear the emotion and shakiness in his voice when she picked up the phone, and thought that one of their former members had died. Luckily, she was wrong.
The eight wall quilts, which were made by 10 guild members, including Tucker, were initially displayed at October’s Trigg County Country Ham Festival, where the guild holds their annual show. Every year the guild challenges its members to create quilts within specific size limitations and based upon a chosen theme to show off at the festival. Outside judges award prizes to the ones they think are the best, and the guild sends them to Paducah the following spring. The 2005 show’s theme was “We Dig the Pig.”
It may be hard to explain the appeal of quilting to a casual observer, but it’s clear upon meeting the guild members just how much the activity means to them.
Marilyn Reibel said she gets a deep satisfaction from putting so many different fabrics and patterns together to create something new. Betty Cardwell said that when she was young, her mother’s quilting fascinated her. Her mother handed her spool and a pack of needles and told her that her job was to thread the needles.
Out of the 10 members whose work will be displayed in Nashville, four live in Lyon County, which doesn’t have a similar club. When Nancy O’Brien moved to Eddyville from Bloomington, Ind., she met Reibel, who was wearing an outfit that had something to do with quilting. O’Brien complimented her and told she would like to take up quilting in her retirement. Before she knew it, Reibel was telling her she’d pick her up in the morning because she knew right where to take her.
“Home Sweet Hamlet,” which won first place in the Trigg County contest, is the work of O’Brien, Reibel and Pat McManamay, who lives in Kuttawa. The quilt may be the most elaborate design and features many Kentucky icons such as a tobacco barn and cardinals. And pigs, of course.
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