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Quilt's stories revealed during show

Published: July 6, 2017 12:00 AM
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Antique, art and modern quilts are on display at the McCook House Civil War Museum through the end of July.

"The wonderful thing about quilts is that they have a story behind them and if you know what the story is," explained David Lewis, fiber artist and president of the Algonquin Spinners and Weavers. Lewis provided 31 of his quilts for the exhibition.

The quilt show is sponsored by the Algonquin Spinners and Weavers with the quilts donated by members, family and friends. A few of the 65 quilts on display are part of the McCook museum's collection. The quilts range in size from pillow to queen size.

On Saturday, July 8, visitors will be able to walk through the museum and learn the stories behind the quilts. The event starts at 1 p.m. Admission is $3 per person.

Those unable to attend the July 8 program are invited to tour the museum 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. Each quilt has the owner identified and information about its history. The McCook House Civil War Museum is located at 7 Second St. SW in Carrollton, just south of the intersection of state Routes 9, 39, 43 and 332. Admission to the museum is $3 per person.

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A retired biology teacher, Lewis' interest in quilts began more than 20 years ago in his classroom. A dwarf rabbit went home with Lewis for Christmas break and never went back.

"We started breeding dwarf rabbits and came to the Carroll County Fair. There, we saw an Angora rabbit and soon had 150 Angoras. We won best of show at the fair," Lewis explained.

A friendship with McKinley chemistry teacher Lynn Carnes led Lewis to learn how to spin "all that Angora fiber." He joined the Algonquin Mill Spinners and Weavers.

After the Carroll County Historical Society was gifted a pre-Civil War house, he became interested in Civil-War quilts and joined Yesteryear Quilters.

"I started making quilts and have not quit," Lewis said.

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