GENOA – Pat Barger doesn’t want to miss a highlight of the Genoa Quilt Walk – a presentation by Leslie Goddard titled “Unraveling the Civil War Quilts.”
At 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, at the Genoa Public Library, Goddard is expected to discuss a variety of quilts, including many used for the Underground Railroad, which guided runaway slaves towards freedom.
“There will be a lot of people there,” Barger said.
The fifth annual Quilt & Fiber Arts Walk will be held from Monday, March 24 through Saturday, March 29. Stores and businesses throughout downtown Genoa will display more than 100 quilts and fiber art works. Some of the quilts may be available for purchase directly through the quilters, though not from the stores displaying them.
Barger, who calls herself “just a quilter” and is co-coordinating the event with Genoa Main Street board member Gene Bradford, said the purpose of the quilt walk is to draw people to the “unique and interesting” stores in downtown Genoa.
This year’s events include bed turning and quilt appraisals by Sherry Branson at 201 W. Main St., and special activities at the library for children on spring break, including a free showing of “Frozen” at 10:30 a.m. on March 26.
Sharon Holmes will demonstrate embroidery from 1 to 3 p.m. on Friday, March 28 and Basketcases Unlimited will present demos on crocheting, tatting and bobbin lace from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday at 201 W. Main St.
Barger said sewing machines will be set up at that same location for anyone wanting to sew patches for Quilts of Valor. Twenty of the patches, she said, will be sewn into one quilt to be delivered to a veterans hospital.
The annual event was originally scheduled for January, but was postponed because of the bitter weather.
“The weather has a lot to do with it,” Barger said. “No one was going to come out.”