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Riverboat Days Quilt Show to feature quilting heritage in New Madrid

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The Riverboat Days Quilt Show will be held in New Madrid this weekend.

The quilt exhibit will be at the United Methodist Church Hall directly behind the New Madrid United Methodist Church, 627 Mill St, Church Street Entrance. The exhibit will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 29, 30 and 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 1. Admission is free.

The Higgerson School Historic Site’s Riverboat Days Quilt Show will celebrate the area’s quilt-making art beginning June 29. The show coincides with back-to-back stops of Mississippi riverboats on June 30 and July 1 at the New Madrid riverfront by the Queen of the Mississippi and the American Queen.

It will feature local quilter Faye Henry Halfterty demonstrating making a "string quilt" on a treadle-powered sewing machine. The machine belonged to her mother who purchased it before electricity reached Higgerson Landing in 1953.

The "string quilt" is a unique quilting technique dating back to the 1860s using a backing such a newspaper to piece small remnant cloth pieces into a quilt square. The process produces interesting color patterns and allows the quilter to use many unmatched and small pieces of cloth. String quilts were popular during the Great Depression.

Several quilts made by late Scott School resident Laura Mae King will also be on display. King was born in Hinds County, Mississippi. Her quilts reflect her African-American quilting heritage. Taught quilting by her mother, she lived for many years at Scott School, west of Portageville.

Area residents and quilters are invited to participate in the show by entering any favorite quilts or other quilted items for display.

Those who wish to participate may bring items to the Higgerson Landing Gift Shop, 307 Main St., New Madrid, beginning June 25 and no later than noon June 28. Quilts will be hung beginning 1 p.m. June 28 at the United Methodist Hall. Participants may hang their own quilt if that is preferred.

All items must be labeled in duplicate on 3x5 index cards. One copy must be attached to the item with a large safety pin. The other copy will be used to compile a mailing list for future shows. Cards should include the owner's name and address, telephone number and email address. Information about the quilt’s maker, its age and other information may also be included.

Instruction for pick-up will be provided when the item is dropped off for display.

Those wanting to display a quilt or other quilted item are asked to contact one of the chairpersons or Gift Shop by June 28. Contact Mary Alice Higgerson (573) 748-2334, Mary Lois Henry (573) 748-5005, or the Higgerson Landing Gift Shop (573) 748-5716, or at hshs97@att.net.

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