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A Westering Women quilt created to honor the women who journeyed the Overland Trail.
Looking for a fun time with the kids as their summer vacation winds down? Then head off to Monroeville Harvest Festival August 3-5. A parade, trivia, photo, cutest baby contests, a horseshoe tournament and rides for all ages will make your day. And when the hunger pangs strike there’s all of that fair food to fill your bellies.

While in Monroeville you won’t want to miss the Pieceful Quilters Second Biennial Quilt Show at the Monroeville United Methodist Church, 204 West South Street, several blocks from the fair grounds. The show will be open on August 4-5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and it is free. Over 50 hand and machine quilted items will be on display and you can vote for your favorite item to win the People’s Choice Award.

Several Westering Women quilts will be highlighted as they were created by members who received and made them making a block a month for 12 months. The patterns were designed by quilt historian, author, fabric designer and Quilters Hall-of-Fame inductee Barbara Brackman. The blocks celebrate the women who walked west on the overland trails in the 19th century. Barbara chose a traditional name for each block that recalls a location along the old trails from the Missouri River to the Pacific coast. It will be interesting to see how the quilters interpreted their blocks.

When you are finished admiring the quilts, there will be 14 vendors with new and antique quilts; handmade and ready-made items; and fabric to purchase. I have been invited to conduct “Quilt Crime Investigations” where I determine what caused a quilt’s condition to deteriorate. I invite you to bring along a forlorn quilt so I can determine its cause of death and what I would do to make it “born again”.

So whether you come for the Festival and stay for the quilts or vice-versa it doesn’t matter. The quilt show is free and to learn more about the Harvest Festival activities go to: monroevillein.com/monroeville-harvest-festival/

Just mark your calendar now and plan to enjoy a day of harvest activities the whole family will enjoy!

Lois Levihn is the owner of Born Again Quilts located at 4005 South Wayne Avenue, Fort Wayne. She may be contacted at 260-515-9446 or bornagainquilts@frontier.com.

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She is the author of the "Around the Frame" quilting column. She is a graduate of Wayne HS. Quilts have always been important to her, she loves the stories surrounding them, the techniques used in making them, & restoring them. > Read Full Biography > More Articles Written By This Writer