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Pioneer Museum seeks quilts

The quilting area is seen at Pioneer Museum of Alabama in Troy, Ala., Wednesday, Jan. 26, 2011. The museum is seeking quilts for an upcoming show. (Messenger Staff Photo/Thomas Graning)

Although it’s not yet time to kick the quilts off the bed, it is time for the Pioneer Museum of Alabama Quilt Show.

The bi-annual quilt show will open on Feb. 15 and quilts for the show may be registered at the museum beginning Feb. 1.

Jerry Peak, museum director, said the Pioneer Museum of Alabama Quilt Show is an open show and all quilts, new as well as heirloom and anything in between, qualify for the show.

“Quilts are pieces of art no matter when they were made and we want to showcase them and tell their stories,” Peak said. “We encourage all of those who enjoy quilts or quilting to take their quilts off the beds, out of the closets or off the quilting frames and enter them in this year’s quilt show.”

And, a show is just what it is.

“We don’t have categories, ribbons or awards,” Peak said. “We just put quilts on display for everyone to enjoy. However, we can’t be responsible for quilts that are in poor condition so they will not be displayed.”

Registration forms at the museum will include all the relevant information and space for information about the quilt’s origin, history, pattern and interesting anecdotes. Quilts submitted for display are limited to five per person.

Peak said the quilts that are entered in the show will be photographed and assigned a number. The photograph and number will be pinned to the quilt along with any written information.

“We want people to have the security of knowing that their quilts will be well take care of,” Peak said. “Participants may sell quilts at the show with 20 percent of the sale going to the museum.”

The museum will have quilts from its heirloom collection on display including the 1775 Passmore quilt.

The Passmore family moved from South Carolina to Pike County in the early 1800s and the quilt was passed among family members until it was donated to the museum.

The Pioneer Quilters, who quilt at the museum on Thursdays, have donated one of their quilts to be raffled during the quilt show, which will run through March 31. Donations are one dollar per ticket or six tickets for five dollars and will be available during the show. All proceeds for the raffle will benefit the museum and its programs.

For more information, call the museum at 566-3597.