Antique quilts and more to be at show

A quilting extravaganza Oct. 29-30 at Lake Norman Elementary School will appeal to both quilters and nonquilters.

Chairwoman Kandy Murray has spent six months preparing for the 9a.m. opening of the 2010 Quilt Show at 255 Oak Tree Road, off Brawley School Road.

While history buffs learn about the town and cotton mills, shoppers can peruse quilted items for sale and talk to vendors. Artists will want to look at fabrics and designs.

Guild members have been busy. Along with the 174 quilts entered in competition, they have arranged special displays of their handiwork and charitable work. Visitors can vote for their favorite designs.

One unique exhibit will be the Catawba River Quilt Mural. The women have created individual panels that are hung in a staggered line, depicting the river's flow. Later, the piece will hang at the Charles Mack Citizen Center.

In another area, eight quilts submitted as part of the Guild Challenge will be on view. They have returned from a juried American Quilter's Society International Quilt Show in Tennessee.

As the exhibits will demonstrate, modern quilts have evolved. Fabrics have changed dramatically, and today's designs are different, said Jean Cauble, president of the Mooresville Centerpiece Quilters' Guild.. Less work is done by hand, and colors are more vibrant.

But lovers of antique quilts have not been forgotten. Layers of old and antique quilts will be stacked on a bed. At 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily, historians will turn them and talk about each. Some will be for sale.

Historian Cindy Jacobs will share information about local textiles. She has developed a display from the Mooresville Cotton Mills Museum and Heritage Center that traces the town's history and that of the cotton mills.

As Jacobs searched for artifacts, she unearthed fabric from the early 1960s. Guild members Bev Walls and Perma Brown are using the material to make a quilt that highlights elements of the cloth's weave.

Original fabric swatch books and capped swatches from 1934 to 1964 will be displayed. Two small looms, along with photographs and memorabilia from Mooresville and Burlington mills, will help tell the story of raw cotton's journey to become fabric. Former mill employees will be available to discuss their experiences.

Brown has a connection to the mills and a story: Her grandmother began working at a cotton mill in Troutman at age 9. While the young girl played outside with dolls during break, a supervisor took care of her loom.

Art tour

October is a busy month on Brawley School Road. The second annual Lakeside Artists Studio Tour will be held 6-9 p.m. Oct. 15 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct. 16. Six artists' home studios on Brawley Peninsula will be open. Guest artists will appear at each location.

Admission is free, and there will be a drawing for a door prize. For more information about artists and an interactive map, visit