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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Quilt show attracts guys, too

  • There was no sign outside Hannibal’s Admiral Coontz Recreation Center Friday saying the event going on inside was exclusively for women. And while the majority of those in attendance at the “Quilt Me a Garden” Quilt Show were women, a few men could be found.
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  • There was no sign outside Hannibal’s Admiral Coontz Recreation Center Friday saying the event going on inside was exclusively for women. And while the majority of those in attendance at the “Quilt Me a Garden” Quilt Show were women, a few men could be found.
    “My wife is very much into quilting and sewing. I took a couple of days off and told them I would help set the thing up and get ready for the show, so this is where I’m going to spend my weekend it looks like,” said John Hark of Hannibal.
    Charles Happel of Excello accompanied his wife, Patty, to Hannibal.
    “We actually came in town because Shoes From the Heart was honored at a banquet that Douglass Community Center had today. We came in for that and then we always go to the Hickory Stick, and then we found this quilt show,” he said. “She’s been meaning to get this quilt that I’m carrying around appraised for a year or so. We found out the appraiser was here, so we decided to come down here and get her quilt appraised.”
    Happel reported learning his wife’s quilt was valued at $8,750.
    “We needed to have it appraised for insurance purposes, especially if there were any storms. You can’t get replacement value unless you have it appraised,” he said. “There a lot of hours that go into these quilts. A lot of people don’t understand all the stitching and everything else that’s required.”
    While the Happels were having a quilt appraised, the handiwork of Hark’s wife, Carol, was on display.
    “I think she’s got 15 entered in the show,” said Hark. “She’s into it in a big way and does fabulous, fabulous work. It’s something I can kind of share with her. She puts up a lot with me, so it’s a fair tradeoff.”
    With his wife’s quilt tucked under an arm, Happel admitted coming to the quilt show wasn’t his preferred activity.
    “I’d rather be fishing,” he laughed.
    Day Two of the show, presented by the Hannibal Piecemakers Quilt Guild, is today (Saturday, April 5). Hark hopes that women, and men, too, will come by and check out the 300-plus quilts that are on display.
    “I’d say come down and look at it. These ladies have done some beautiful work here,” he said.

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