Muncy Historical Society hosts quilt workshop and appraisals

MUNCY – The Muncy Historical Society will host a special quilt pattern workshop, its annual rummage sale and quilt appraisals on Aug. 24 at 40 N. Main St.

The society’s doors will open at 8 a.m. for its second annual rummage sale.

A variety of material (being sold by the pound) plus books, quilter tools and other quilt-related paraphernalia will be on sale. In addition, all five of the society’s historic quilt patterns and Judith Cole Youngman’s quilt books will be available.

The workshop, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., will be both educational and hands-on. For this workshop, Jacalyn Street Hamaker and Youngman will introduce the Muncy Historical Society’s fourth and fifth in the series of historic patterns, the Muncy Oak Leaf (1846) and Carpenter’s Wheel (1860) quilt patterns.

There is a fee for the workshop, which includes a salad luncheon. Class size is limited and registration is required. Registration forms are available by calling 546-5917.

Karen Powers will conduct pre-scheduled appraisals on old or new quilts or tops, blocks or quilted wearable art. It takes approximately 45 minutes to complete each appraisal, which includes time for consultation, a written appraisal, her qualification document, an informational handout on quilt care and storage and photos of the quilt.

There is a fee per item, which includes a written appraisal.

Powers is an appraiser of quilted textiles, certified by the American Quilter’s Society, and a member of the Professional Association of Appraisers – Quilted Textiles (PAAQT).

A quilter for more than 35 years, she also is a quilt historian and practicing quilt restoration artist.

In addition to attending appraisal skills classes offered by the American Quilter’s Society, Powers attended Nancy Kirk’s quilt restoration classes and participated in the behind-the-scenes house tour highlighting quilts at the Winterthur Museum and Country Estate in conjunction with the museum’s exhibit, “Quilts in a Material World.” Her furthering education initiatives include Depression-era quilts, “History of Quilts,” African-American quilts and fabrics of the 20th century, “Dating Quilts,” Japanese textiles and others.

Powers maintains an extensive reference library including books on quilt making, quilt history and textile production, and also owns many publications resulting from individual state quilt documentation projects.

Powers, a member of the American Quilters Society, also holds memberships in the Professional Association of Appraisers – Quilted Textiles, the National Quilting Association, the American Quilt Study Group and Studio Art Quilts Associates. Call 546-5917 to register an appraisal.