Linda Hodges (left) and Sue Weible organized this year’s Celebration of Arts and Artists at the John Paulding Historical Society Museum. Here, they admire a quilt made by one of Hodges’ ancestors in 1865. Melinda Krick/Paulding County Progress
Linda Hodges (left) and Sue Weible organized this year’s Celebration of Arts and Artists at the John Paulding Historical Society Museum. Here, they admire a quilt made by one of Hodges’ ancestors in 1865. Melinda Krick/Paulding County Progress
By MELINDA KRICK

Progress Editor

PAULDING – Quilts are the focus of this year’s Celebrating the Arts and Artists of Paulding County exhibit at the John Paulding Historical Society.

Nearly 40 quilts are on display now through the end of the county fair in mid-June.

The event officially opens Saturday, May 11 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free. The museum is located across from the fairgrounds in Paulding.

On Tuesday, May 14, a luncheon will be served with a free-will donation from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. At the same time, members of the Patchwork Pals will be demonstrating different quilting techniques.

Twenty-seven quilts were loaned to the museum for this exhibit. All are from Paulding County quilters, or the descendants of county quilters. About 10 quilts are in the museum’s collection, including some from Extension homemaker clubs.

Several quilts are from former county residents now living in southern Ohio, Indiana and as far as South Carolina.

The show is being organized by Linda Hodges and Sue Weible. They acquired a grant that helped purchase wall-mounted and freestanding quilt display racks.

The quilts encompass all types, from patchwork and applique to embroidered and counted cross stitch. All types of designs, patterns and colors are represented. Some are new creations, while many date to the 1930s and early 1900s.

The oldest quilt, owned by Hodges, was started in 1865 by one of her ancestors. It was made by a woman whose daughter died in childbirth, using fabrics such as the daughter’s wedding dress.

Asked what quilt is their favorite, neither could choose.

“They’re all so different. Their history is all so different,” said Weible.

“There’s no way you can pick one. It’s all Paulding County history,” Hodges agreed. “There’s a story to each one.”

Angie Pollock made and donated a quilt that is being raffled. The blue-themed quilt is a pattern called Magic Tiles. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the museum.

The John Paulding Historical Society Museum is open every Tuesday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment.

The museum also will be open June 10-15, during the Paulding County Fair.