Helen Nietz, of Wayne, has been around sewing since she was a little girl.
|Volunteers work on hanging quilts. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
"I was crocheting at 5 and knitting by the time I was 6," she said.
On Thursday, Nietz shared some of her experience during Quilt Day at the Wood County Fair.
She is a member of Prairie Depot Quilters, based in Wayne, and had her sewing machine on the table ready to work on a "cat crazy" quilt.
"A lot of people ask us questions about how to do things. A lot of the times we are instructing," she said.
Nietz brought several projects with her to display. In total, the show had 53 quilts, 23 wall-hangings and several other handmade projects for attendees to view, said Doris Herringshaw, chair of Quilt Day.
Nietz was joined by her friend, Cori Jones, of Bowling Green, who described herself as more of a modern quilter.
"She does more of the free-style quilting where you don't follow a pattern. She is very creative," Nietz said.
For her quilts, Jones selects two different pieces of material like velvet, fleece, silk or satin, for example.
"They use 100 percent cotton, but I don't," Jones explained.
"I was always sort of afraid to show them my work because these aren't like theirs," Jones said.
"But they are great. We love them," Nietz responded.
Fair attendees had an array of quilts to look at. There were Christmas quilts, quilts with kites, animals, flowers, birds, cowboys, symmetric patterns, colleges and mascots, T-shirt quilts and quilts of all different sizes and colors.
|Cindy Huffman shows a piece of fabric to Shanna Gerken of Bowling Green and her children (from left) Klayson, 2, Kaleb, 9, and Skylar, 4, during quilting demonstrations at the 2012 Wood County Fair. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
There was a special display for 4-H entries which included an alphabet quilt, hunting quilt, baby blanket and a quilt in the shape of a billowing flag, among other entries.
The quilt display was also enhanced by Howard Limes, who allowed organizers to display previously auctioned quilts he owned.
"A lot of people have come in here and said, 'I think that is my quilt block from years ago,'" Herringshaw said.
Carol Hicks, of Bowling Green, with Black Swamp Quilters, had about a dozen projects on display at the fair.
She was there to tell people about the quilting club, but also to demonstrate certain techniques and discuss some projects the quilters are working on.
Hicks is a self-taught quilter and has been practicing it for over 30 years.
"Some people say, 'It's so tedious, how is that relaxing?' But for me, it takes just enough concentration that you have to forget everything else," Hicks said.
It's also relaxation that draws in Deborah Tell, of Bowling Green.
"For me, it's totally different than everything else I do. It takes my mind off everything else," she said.
In addition to displays, attendees could also fine-tune their quilting skills during several scheduled demonstrations.
Sessions focused on how to use quilting techniques and tools, while another showed quilters how to get organized and use leftover scrap for other projects.