Quilts and history in downtown Trenton

Trenton hosts the annual Suwannee Valley Quilt & Old Time Craft Festival


Published: Thursday, March 8, 2012 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 at 3:52 p.m.

A bit of history and a bunch of artistry will be on display in Trenton Saturday during the city's annual Suwannee Valley Quilt & Old Time Craft Festival.

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Newberry native and life-long quilter Madalyn Jones used appliqué and hand-quilting techniques to create this red tulip quilt which will be featured during the Suwannee Valley Quilt & Old Time Craft Festival Saturday in downtown Trenton. (Photo courtesy of Bill Kilborn)

Facts

If you go

What: Suwannee Valley Quilt & Old Time Craft Festival
When: 9 a.m.-4p.m. Saturday
Where: Downtown Trenton

Facts

Antiques evaluations

Evaluators will appraise antiques 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Friday before the Quilt Festival. Antique owners can have their treasures evaluated for a $2 per item fee.
The appraisals will be held at the Railroad Depot.

Each year Trenton shuts down Main Street for one day and local merchants open their doors so that hundreds of quilts can be displayed, new techniques demonstrated and quilting enthusiasts can exchange tips.

The epicenter of the festival is Trenton's historic, turn-of-the-the century Railroad Depot.

Inside the Depot will be a display of Madalyn Jones' hand-quilted treasures. Jones grew up on a farm outside of Newberry where she was born in 1915. The house where she was born is now the Welcome House at Dudley Farm.

Jones has quilted more than 300 quilts in her lifetime, including the impeccably hand-appliquéd and hand quilted Red Tulip Quilt that will be on display inside the depot along with nearly two dozen of her other works.

Outside the depot on the platform, a quilt turning will be held beginning at 11 a.m. During the turning, a stack of quilts piled on a bed will be turned down one at a time while quilt historian Gloria Comstock provides a description and history for each quilt.

This year's featured quilt group are Marion County's Country Roads Quilters, whose members will be at the depot demonstrating lap quilting and appliqué.

In addition to the quilt displays, festival-goers can also expect to see dozens of antique tractors and cars on display by the Early Ford Antique Auto Club.

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