Coming into fall

The quilters drew the lucky raffle winner at the Lincoln County Fair on August 27th.  A Canadian woman won the beautifully pieced quilt and will pick it up this week.  Thanks to all of you who bought raffle tickets. It is one of the many ways we work to pay the bills to maintain the Historical Village.  Also at the end of August, the Historical Village was awarded a grant from the Tobacco Valley Community Foundation.  What a wonderful gift FullSizeRenderto help us cover the expenses we incurred this past summer including chinking one of the old cabins and painting a building.  And on September 9, the quilters will have their annual Fall Rummage Sale at the old school house from 10:00am – 3:00pm. Some great treasures and, of course, all proceeds go towards the Historical Village.  Stop by to purchase something you need and/or to talk with the women. The following Friday, September 15, the quilting season officially starts for the year.  It is open to anyone who has time on Fridays.  Even if you haven’t sewn before, we are happy to show you how.  Many of us started out as true beginners and are now addicted to showing up every Friday to stitch.  Bring a bag lunch and drop by anytime between 10:00am – 3:00pm.  We will even supply you with a needle and scissors to begin this new passion.

Perhaps you are seriously considering coming by on a Friday to quilt with us – or to learn how to quilt.  You study the photos that are part of this blog and notice how agreeable the women look who are sewing.  But then the balloons on the quilt catch your eye and you wonder what they are used for.  Has there been a recent birthday party?  Are the quilters prepared to fill them with water to deter anyone from littering on the Historical Village grounds?  No, the balloons are actually used for quilting. Sometimes it is difficult to pull a needle through multiple layers of fabric and batting.  When it becomes a challenge, a balloon placed around the needle gives the quilter that extra leverage to pull the needle through.

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About tvh56

I mostly live in Eureka, Montana and write two blogs. One is for the Tobacco Valley Board of History, a group composed of the most remarkable older women who quilt weekly to raise funds to maintain the Historical Village. I had to capture their stories with words and photos. And when I recently began a traveling bookstore as a small business, well, it only made sense to write about that too.

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