Muscatine Melon Patchers welcome community to quilt show

MUSCATINE, Iowa–As summer turns to fall and the evenings cool off, few things sound quite as inviting as curling up in a hand crafted quilt. Since 1987, the Muscatine Melon Patchers Quilt Guild has kept the tradition of quilting alive, giving members opportunities to learn new skills, sew together, and showcase their work at triennial quilt shows. After having to postpone their 2020 quilt show, the Muscatine Melon Patchers invite everyone to celebrate quilting and the work of their members at their It’s a Community Block Party quilt show Sept. 24 and 25, sponsored by Community Bank & Trust.

Taking place at First Baptist Church in Muscatine from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 24 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 25, the show will encompass every aspect of quilting. Guild members and four different vendors will lead workshops and quilting demonstrations. Guests can view 320 quilts created by the guild members. Attendees can also learn who received the Nyla Morrison Spirit Award, which honors one quilter who shows the same focus on charity, education, and mentoring that the guild’s founder, Nyla Morrison had. Anyone who owns a quilt they would like appraised can contact Cheryl Lussman at 563-506-3957. A free shuttle will allow guests to travel to the Little Red Hen and Neal’s Vacuum and Sewing throughout the show. Show admission will cost $5 for all guests ages 12 and up. Proceeds will help the guild cover expenses and continue their Comfort Quilt project, which allows them to make and donate quilts and other items to six different local and regional charities.

After a year of staying home and completing numerous projects, the Muscatine Melon Patchers look forward to sharing all their hard work with the community. “We encourage people to come to enjoy the amazing quilts, from traditional to modern and original designs, food, fun, and fellowship, and to see how a quilter handles a pandemic!” encouraged show Co-Chair Kathleen Sharff.