The 10th Annual Granville Quilt Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 3 as part of the Granville Fall Celebration at the Granville United Methodist Church.
This annual event will feature 10 categories of quilt competition which will be judged by professional judges and three place rosettes awarded in each category. The categories are as follows: Antique Quilts (50-plus years); Quilts less than 50 years old hand quilted; Quilts less than 50 years old machine quilted; baby quilts and wall Hangings; patriotic quilts and wall hangings; holiday and seasonal quilted items; appliquéd quilts; specialty quilts (Cathedral window, Yo-Yo, etc); small crocheted items; and large crocheted items.
The quilt festival will also feature a quilt block challenge with a spring flower garden theme with three place winners awarded ribbons and cash.
For more information on this competition, contact Peggy Clemons at 444-2975. Enteries will be taken on Thursday, Oct. 1 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Wilson Bank & Trust, 623 West Main Street, Lebanon.
In the altar of the church, the great collection of quilts made by the late Mrs. Dora Carter Halfacre of Granviille will be displayed and her memory will be honored at noon.
Faye Halfacre Moore shares that her mother always had a quilt frame set up with a quilt in process on it. The mother of six children, she was busy from morning to night doing her household work as well as gardening. She was a superb economist and homemaker and sold eggs to local stores for spending money.
She taught many of her family, friends and neighbors how to sew, knit, crochet, tat and quilt. She taught her children at an early age how to quilt. Moore said that her mother made all of her children eight to 10 quilts for their hope chests, and many of these will be displayed on Oct. 3.
“My most treasured quilts are those she made from scraps of the dresses she made for me,” Moore said. “One was made from my Granville school days and another from my high school dresses. She did also quilt fancy quilts which will be on display as well.”
Mrs. Dora lived to be age 97, right in the heart of historic Granville.
As part of the Granville Quilt Festival, two quilts will be dedicated as part of the Upper Cumberland Quilt Trail where painted quilts will be placed on the side of the historic Sutton General Store and Granville Gift Shop which was the former bank building. These will be dedicated at 11 a.m. and one will be dedicated in Gainesboro on the Katherine Anderson Baugh and Anderson building at 9 a.m.
Porches and Quilts of Granville Storytelling will also be part of the festival where quilts will be displayed on the porches of historical homes and storytellers will portray people of yesteryear. At 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Ethel Sutton, Dora Carter Halfacre and Vallie Williams stories will be told.
The Granville Fall Celebration will also include the Jazz on the Cumberland, Granville Maneuvers Celebration and Re-enactment, Civil War Trail Dedication and Re-enactment, Blacksmith Festival, Arts Festival and Veterans Appreciation Service.
For more information, call (931) 653-4511 or visit www.granvillemuseum.com.