Fourth annual Quilter’s Rock event goes off without a hitch

Published 12:18 pm Monday, May 6, 2024

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LANDRUM—On Saturday, May 4, the fourth annual “Quilters Rock! City-Wide Quilt Show” took place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Elaine’s Attic and Landrum Presbyterian Church, with some changes due to the rain. 

While the Dark Corners Classic Car Show was postponed until June 8 because of the weather, the quilters still made their way to downtown Landrum to showcase more than a hundred quilts of various sizes, machine-quilted and hand-quilted, between the two locations. 

Organizer Robin Kaluahine, the owner of Elaine’s Attic, a local quilt store that sells fabrics, precuts, kits, patterns, rulers, wide-backs, and other quilters, joined others to share their passion for quilting with the community. Their dedication and love for the craft were evident in every aspect of the event.

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“I love the process of making a quilt. Quilting is my therapy, taking pieces of patterns and then putting them together.,” said Verlie Murphy, a quilter for twenty years. “My life has been pieces coming apart and coming together again, so I immediately took to it, even incorporating fabrics into some of my other art pieces.”

Georgette Abbott said, “I do this every year, and it’s really nice to come out and see all the hard work everyone’s put into their quilts.”

“I’ve been quilting for over a decade,” Recie Hickman adds. “And I really appreciate the friendship. Everyone comes together, and if you have a question or problem, there is a great community of quilters here to tell you how to fix it.”

“I like to come to see the different patterns and colors people have put together,” said Dianne Broad, who has been quilting for 30 years. 

The event, which was scheduled rain or shine, was forced to make some changes and move all the quilts inside rather than putting up several tents as planned. 

“We luckily had an indoor venue,” said Kaluahine. “Our main reason for doing this is to donate quilts to the children at the Black Mountain Children’s Home. The children get to pick their quilts, and we love supporting the kids, some of whom have been through so much. The children are our future, so we enjoy being able to provide the kids with a quilt they can call their own.”

Kaluahine thanked Landrum Presbyterian Church and the volunteers for their support and for making the event possible.