CHESTERVILLE — On Oct. 1, over 30 residents gathered at Selover Public Library to view a special quilt that many have not seen for 20 years. The 1997 Heritage Day Signature Quilt contains the names of 116 individuals and families from the area.
One of the members of the quilt club who helped craft the quilt, Pat Ebersole, gave the history of the quilt. In 1997, the Chesterville Quilt Club wanted to make a quilt but lacked the money to purchase materials.
They sold name tapes for a dollar each, and the club used this money to purchase materials. They gathered together to hand sew the beautiful maple leaf pattern quilt. When it was finished, they auctioned it at the Chesterville Heritage Day Festival to raise money for charity. Among other uses, they used the proceeds to purchase a sign for the Town Hall in Chesterville.
The winner of the signature quilt in 1997 was Peggy Perkins. At the reception, she told those gathered that when she’d look at the quilt, she’d remember the impact the people on the quilt had on her life. She wanted to share that heritage with others, so she decided to donate the quilt to Selover Library. The quilt will be on display at the library every year during the Heritage Day Festival.
Selover Library Director Suzi Lyle said that of the 116 names on the quilt, 60 had passed away. She presented 60 roses and asked everyone in attendance to take one home in memory of their relationships and friendships with those who had died.
The reception include cookies for refreshment, and Mitch Hartwell played guitar. The quilt will remain on display at the library throughout October.