MOUNT PLEASANT TOWNSHIP — Northern Wayne County was abuzz with activity Oct. 6 for the Pleasant Mount Quilters Quilt Show.
The event, held at the Pleasant Mount Emergency Services fire station, drew a large crowd, which is par for the course, said Pleasant Mount Quilters President Nancy Lewis,
More than 160 quilts were on display, she said, with ages ranging from current to pre-1800s.
The event has been held every two years since the guild began 14 years ago.
Antique quilts were displayed along side their modern counterparts made by current quilters.
“We have a collection from a woman who was born and raised here in Pleasant Mount – Rose Marie O'Hara,” Lewis said.
Lewis said O'Hara's home is owned by the Pleasant Mount Historical Society, and five of her quilts produced in the 1970s were proudly displayed during the show.
“She did beautiful work,” Lewis said, describing the thoughtfully constructed, hand-quilted finished piece.
One quilt that stands out was a signature quilt, owned by Ed Jonas.
This type of quilt, also called a friendship quilt, was stitched in 1916.
Each block contains the hand embroidered signature of a resident of Cold Spring, Pleasant Mount and the surrounding areas.
This quilt was discovered by Equinunk Historical Society Historian Wellington Lester.
Lester's mother and aunt were born in the farmhouse currently owned by Ed Jonas in Cold Spring.
While modern quilters predominately purchase new fabric, sometimes in pre-coordinated packs, stitchers of days gone by utilized fabric scraps artfully arranged into a color-coordinated pattern.
The guild also has participated in stitching Quilts of Valor, where the finished piece is gifted to a local veteran.
The group also participates in Project Linus, which donates blankets to children in need, along with making walker bags to donate to local nursing homes.
The funds raised from the event will be donated to organizations including the local library, fire department, the Quilts of Valor, and others.
Money was also being raised for Greenfield Township resident Giovanni Mustica, who is suffering from Lyme disease.
A spaghetti dinner benefit is slated for Oct. 28 at the William Walker Hose Company, 803 Penn Ave., Mayfield.
Additional information on this even can be obtained by contacting Angela at 570-267-8462 or Allison at 570-903-2332.
Those interested in joining the guild are encouraged to come to a meeting, held the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. at the old Pleasant Mount Fire Hall.
In November, the meeting date changes to the second Saturday of the month at 10 a.m.
For additional information on the Pleasant Mount Quilters, visit them on Facebook at Pleasant Mount Quilters.