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DUNKIRK — Quilting has been a part of Bev Hayes’ life for as long as she can remember.
She watched her mother quilt nearly 85 creations and was intrigued by the process. She tackled a Broken Arrow quilt in 1978, but it wasn’t until the year 2000 that Hayes began producing her original coverings.
With her success at area fairs and craft shows, Bev found she had a following of fans who were eager to see more of her work. When they visited the house, said her husband, Bob, he would bring the collection out for the visit and then pack them away until the next quilt enthusiast arrived.
When the Hardin Northern Community Center needed ideas to raise funding, she stepped forward with the proposal to make her original quilts and hangings available for the public to view. The quilts Hayes displays are not for sale, but will be on show for quilt fans to study Thursday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the center on Main Street in Dunkirk. She will also be giving quilting demonstrations.
“She has taught lots of people to quilt,” said Bob. “Or they start a quilt and have trouble, they call Bev and she helps them out.”
Bev seldom uses a pattern, she said. Her quilts are true originals.
“Most people quilt from a pattern, but most of the stuff Bev has made comes from her ideas,” said her proud husband. “I don’t know how she does it. I wish I had her artistic talent, but I don’t.”
“This is a test run,” said Bev of the quilt show. “If we have a good crowd, we will have another show in the fall where people from the community can bring their crafts and quilts.”
Admission to Thursday’s quilt show is free, but donations are appreciated.
By DAN ROBINSON
Times staff writer