HUGHESVILLE - The Hughesville Volunteer Fire Hall was a "Garden of Quilts" March 2 to 4, when the Susquehanna Valley Quilters Guild held its biennial show.
More than 200 items made by the guild's 92 members were on display. More than 500 people attended the three-day event.
"We used to do the show at the mall, but we had to have more ceiling space," said Kay Rhinehart, guild president.
Guild members displayed their work either in the "bedquilt" division, which consists of pieces 6-by-6 foot or larger, or the "other" division.
People's choice awards were selected by attendees' ballots in each division.
Eight quilters had entries in the "Quilt Challenge," which required a piece to be no larger than 3-by-3 foot and include 3-dimensional embellishments. Seven youth quilters between the ages of 7 and 15 showed their work, completed with the guidance and help of family or friends.
"People tend to do machine quilting, but we have over 30 hand-quilted items here," Rhinehart said.
The event drew some quilters to make a substantial trip.
"We've had a good number from other guilds coming out," said Rhinehart, citing Erie, Athens, Scranton and Wilkes-Barre as areas from which quilters had been drawn during the weekend.
Ten vendors were on hand, most of them quilting shops from as far as Danville and Tunkhannock.
Woodwork was on sale, too, including magnetic pinwells and bobbin caddies made by Dr. Fred Hill, Wyalusing.
"A lot of my pieces come with covers, too," Hill said. "You'd be surprised how many people have cats that get into their pins."
A special attraction at the show was seven quilts made by nine cousins all descended from Jane (Smith) Lowe, of Moreland Township and Muncy.
Eventually all nine will have completed a quilt, but each work contains a block from every one of the other participants.
Ann Burke, New Cumberland, received a quilt made by Lowe in 2010 and thought to gather sewing-minded descendants together to honor their ancestor. Five of the quilting Lowes cousins are members of the guild. They began their work in February 2011 at The Gathering Place, Montoursville, and at another meeting last fall, decided they could complete enough work to show.
The guild also held a raffle for prizes, including one supersized quilt made by a number of members.
"The money from the raffle and the show goes into the guild coffers, to support our programs," said Vicki Baurys, Aristes.
The guild often brings in nationally renowned quilting instructors and writers for workshops.
Quilting is an art that never rests.
"Everyone knows when one show is over, you start making your quilt for the next," said show chairperson Nancy Jarrett, Montgomery.
"It's such a challenge to arrange all the different fabrics," said Margie Zen, Williamsport. "It's really good brain exercise."
The Susquehanna Valley Quilters Guild meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Thursday of the month at Pennsdale United Methodist Church, 658 Village Road.
More information is available at www.susqvalleyquilters.org.