Annual Quilt Show and Challenge in Muncy, PA
15th Annual Quilt Show & Exhibition
July 19-20, 2019
MUNCY – The quaint and beautiful river town of Muncy once again is the setting for the Muncy Historical Society’s annual Quilt Show. Slated for July 19-20, visitors will have the opportunity to view antique, vintage and contemporary quilts at the show’s location, First United Methodist Church, 602 S. Market Street. This location features easy access and convenient and ample parking. The show runs from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, July 19 and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 20. Quilt Show admission is $8 or $12 for a 2-day pass.
This year’s show features the Christ Collection known as “American Pride: Eagles & Stars”. The antique and vintage quilts in the Christ’s collection honor our great country with symbolic designs representing freedom and the love of this nation. The eagle is a representation of freedom & strength; the star symbolizes the patriotism of the quilter and our country’s independence.
Arlan and Pat Christ enjoy traveling to quilt shows and museums which provide the opportunity to examine quilts. Retrieving knowledge to secure the heritage of antique quilts has become the prime objective of The Christ Collection. The Christs further explore their passion of antique quilts while attending quilt study groups. They are members of the Lehigh Valley Quilt Study Group, Mid-Atlantic Quilt Study Group, American Quilt Study Group, Quilter’s Hall of Fame, Midwest Fabric Study Group and Baltimore Appliqué Society. Their various collections – Four Blocks, Applique, Civil War Period Treasures, Cheddar, to name a few — have been exhibited throughout the Mid-Atlantic states and New England.
The Muncy Historical Society is delighted to host two educational and hands-on workshops and a lecture in conjunction with our 15h Annual Quilt Show.
Thursday, July 18, 1 – 4 p.m.
In addition to being creative the Pennsylvania Germans were also thrifty. “Star Embroidery,” or as the Pennsylvania Germans refer to as “Stumpwork”, has been in existence over 120 years. This type of wool embroidery was generally done on closely woven fabrics that were being recycled from worn clothes or household items. Leftover yarn from other projects was used with a tin star pattern that was made by the local tinsmith. There was never any waste in the household of a Pennsylvania German.
Attendees will be making a “Star Embroidery” block in class while learning the interesting technique of “Stumpwork.” This block can be used to create a pin cushion, Christmas ornament or to continue to make additional blocks for a larger project. A handout will include everything you need except for a pair of small scissors with a sharp point that you should bring along.
The handout includes the following (included in the price of workshop) to make your “Stumpwork” block: Background fabric; tin template; needle; instruction with diagram; and wool yarn for three colors.
Friday, July 19, 9 a.m.-noon.
“Muncy Lyre” Block
This workshop is based on a circa 1840 Quaker quilt that came from the Gahn family with its origins in Muncy, Pennsylvania. The original bed quilt measures 98” x 101”, has 9 stitches per inch, 16 blocks; the green print fabric was used for the lyre and the sashing.
Pat will present a technique which showcases smooth curves and crisp points without stress.
For any quilter who enjoys applique or wants to learn, this workshop is for them.
Saturday, July 20, 11 a.m.
American pride is normally displayed in the form of eagles and stars representing the patriotism of this great country. The “American Pride” lecture will showcase quilts that were made to represent individual and ethnic pride which includes a simple four patch quilt with a star block in the center signed proudly by its maker, Albert Seidle.
The lecture will also include the “Captain James Andrew Quilt.” Captain Andrew was a steamboat captain on the Chesapeake while living in Baltimore, MD. Join the Christs for the journey they took finding the story behind the “Baltimore Album” quilt that was made by the captain’s wife representing their wedding in 1849. Family history states the 25-block quilt was sewn while Elizabeth joined her husband on the steamboat—and that is just the beginning of this fascinating story…
Join the Christs as the share the pride that continues through quilts representing freedom and the love of this great nation.
Saturday, July 20, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Quilter’s Rummage Sale
The rummage sale will feature a wide variety of material (being sold by the pound) plus books, kits, quilter tools, and other quilt-related paraphernalia. Amadeus books and notecards and the Society’s historic patterns will also be available for purchase.
2019 Challenge Quilt Theme
In keeping with this year’s theme, the 2019 challenge is “Stars” – our three-person panel will judge the challenge quilt entries and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons will be awarded for wall and bed quilt categories. The challenge is open to all quilters and registration forms are available online or by email. (The 2020 challenge is “log cabin” – wall and/or bed quilts.)
To Register A Challenge Quilt(s)
To exhibit a quilt(s) you must complete a show registration form, available by calling 570-546-5917 or online at www.MuncyHistoricalSociety.org. Registration forms and quilt entries must be received by the Muncy Historical Society on, or before, July 8, 9 or 10, 2019 from 9 a.m. to noon, or earlier by advance appointment. Challenge quilt entries must include a cloth label with the name of the quilt, the owner’s name and address is sewn to the back of the entry. A 4-4 ½” hanging sleeve should be affixed to the quilt. Quilt pick-up is scheduled for Saturday, July 20 from 3-4 p.m. or Monday, July 22 between noon and 3 PM at the museum.
Plan to Stay Overnight
The Copper Roof Bed and Breakfast is offering a 15% room discount for show attendees who want to spend quality time in Muncy. The charming and elegant B&B is located at 580 Village Road in the quaint village of Pennsdale, approximately 5 miles from the show location. Contact www.copperroofbb.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 570-546-6377 for reservations. Make sure to mention you’re coming to town for the quilt show in order to get the discount.
Directions to the Quilt Show at First United Methodist Church are: I-80 to exit 212W to I-180 exit 13A, Rt. 405 to Muncy. Turn left on South Main Street, 1.0 mile, right on Mussers Lane. One block, right on S. Market Street, church is on the left. Please wear comfortable, flat-heeled shoes.
Program support made possible in part through donations and grants from the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau, the PA Council on the Arts, quilt enthusiasts, and friends of the Muncy Historical Society.
Quilt Show Calendar
All events/activities will be held at the
First United Methodist Church, 602 S. Market Street, Muncy
Thursday, July 18 1 pm to 4 pm, “Stumpwork” Workshop, $35
Friday, July 19 9 am to noon, “Muncy Lyre” Workshop, $35
Friday, July 19 9 am to 8 pm, 15th Annual Quilt Show
Quilt Show admission $8; $12 multi-day
Saturday, July 20 Rummage Sale, 9 am to 11 am
Saturday, July 20 11 am, “American Pride” Lecture
Lecture admission, $10
Saturday, July 20 9 am to 3 pm, Quilt Show admission $8