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Quilt Group getting ready for the fair

August 14, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

Members of TQGIBT (That Quilt Group I Belong To) are busy preparing to display at this year's 173rd Canfield Fair. The quilters are a force to contend with when it comes to winning blue ribbons for their craft and they are preparing for a lot of great entries this year.

"Lots of quilty things coming up," said TQGIBT spokesperson Clare Neff. "Quilters are finalizing their entries for the Canfield Fair. The quilt exhibit [at the fair] is a favorite visit during the fair, there are so many talented quilters in our area."

Examples of some of the members entries include Ginny Draa, who took a blue ribbon for her fan quilt last year as well as a most appropriate red ribbon for a red quilt she had finished.

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Pictured is a quilt made by TQGIBT member Jeanne Neville, Juanita Sherba, Barb Woemer and Mary Ellen Feltovich. This very generous group of women make a quilt every year and donate it to a local family. This particular quilt was given to Jim Skrobola and his family, in memory of his parents, Andy and Marie Skrobola. Marie was a fabulous cook who shared her recipes with friends. Several of those recipes, in her own handwriting, were reproduced on fabric and stitched into the corner blocks. Andy's neckties were added to the top and bottom borders. This quilt was awarded a blue ribbon at the 2017 Canfield Fair. The quilt is pictured on display during that fair, along with members of the Jim Skrobola Family.

Another local quilter who is not a stranger to the winner's circle is Pat Williams. She not only wins locally, but on a national level as well. She has even passed on her skills to her granddaughter Kaleigh, who received an outstanding-for-the-day award for her quilt last year.

"She's following in her grandmother's footsteps, and is the next generation to stitch quilts," Neff said.

While the fair is a chance to showcase the craft as well as get rewarded for talented efforts, TQGIBT does so much more.

"Our guild makes a raffle quilt each year, to raise funds for our group, to buy materials for our philanthropic efforts that include lap quilts for veterans and Hospice House as well as pillow cases for Akron Children's Hospital, Boardman," Neff said.

The group also keeps the fires burning for their craft. They promote quilting to the younger generation and welcome newcomers to their monthly meetings as they continue to grow.

The next meeting for the group will be Aug. 20 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Rotary Building at Fair Park in Canfield. This month's meeting will include featured guest Sandy Lord from the Gallery in Mercer, Pennsylvania. She will be offering patterns and fabrics and will show a variety of panels and possible ways to use them in quilt projects.

"Sandy always presents lots of fun ideas," Neff said.

TQGIBT meetings are held monthly at Fair Park on the third Tuesday of each month, with some exceptions. The meetings are open to all quilters in the Mahoning Valley, at all skill levels and those interested in learning more about membership can simply attend a meeting.



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