Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa on April 8, 1976 · Page 8
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Carrol Daily Times Herald from Carroll, Iowa · Page 8

Carroll, Iowa
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Thursday, April 8, 1976
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Interest in Quilting Grows; Some Honor the Bicentennial By Kathy Kusz (Drake University Journalism Student) DBS MOINES — Quilting was easy for her to pick up again, said Vivian Peck, who is retired and quilts once a week at the First Christian Church in Des Moines. "Almost everybody our age quilted when they were young," said Peck. Once you learn, she said, "you don't forget." Quite a few people are learning to quilt these days, some in honor of the Bicentennial. A group in Ames made a quilt depicting the sites and history of Ames. The Living History Farm near Des Moines is sponsoring a quilt to be made by the wives of well-known lowans. A Saydel High School home economics class will enter its quilt in the National Grange Bicentennial Quilt Contest. General interest has also increased, said several quilters, offering as evidence the number of books on quilting and quilts published in the last five to 10 years. "I don't think it (interest in quilting) has peaked," said Ciba Vaughn, crafts editor of Better Homes and Gardens magazine. Vaughn said quilt patterns and kits sold through the magazine "do pretty well," and that a recent article on quilting "got more response than any craft story spurgeons Pre-Easter Menswear SALE Save over 20%! Men's sport and dress shirts 5 SO „ . This Week Only, save on our big selection of sport and dress shirts in easy-care wovens and smooth-fitting knits. 14V2-17 and S-M-L-XL. Men's sport or dress slacks, jeans Save 2O% All regular $7.99-$11.99 styles, in a super selection of fabrics, colors and styles for dress, leisure and strictly casual wear. Sizes 29-r42. Save this week only! spurgeons Spring boys 9 wear, this week, save 20% Boys' easy-care leisure suits $ 9 Regular $11.99, in all the new styles and colors for spring. Perfectfor Easter Sunday! All are wash 'n wear, sizes 4-7. Boys' care-free slacks and jeans Save 2O% Choose any reg. $6.99-$9.99 style from our new Spring arrivals in many styles, colors and easy-care fabrics. 3-7; 8-18. Boys' shirts for dress and sport Save 2O% All reg. $3.99-$5.99 styles, including our most popular knits plus wash 'n wear wovens. Many colors and styles in all sizes! in 10 years, and it's not even a how-to story. I would say that's some indication of national interest." Vaughn said she has received letters in response to the article from all age groups. A quilt is "a form of self-expression" to Evelyn Shriver. who teaches an adult education class in quilting and quilts at Westminster Church in Des Moines. "I think that (quilting as a form of self-expression) goes clear back to pioneer days," she said. "Sure, quilts were made so that you could keep your family warm, and in pioneer days you never wasted anything. You used up every scrap of material, every scrap of food and everything else. But I still think we wouldn't have come up with 11 the beautiful designs that are in quilting if it hadn't >een'' a form of elf-expression. Shriver said quilting is more of a leisure activity than a necessity now, and for church groups, quilting is mainly a social activity. Shriver said the philosophy of the early pioneers was a sober one and sociability for its own sake was frowned jpon. However, "the quilting Dees, the barn raisings, the husking bees combined sociability and work," she said. Now. Shriver said, quilting with a church group provides, fellowship for older women who don't have much contact with people. Peck said, "We all look forward to the association with the other people. The better share of us are alone ... It just makes your week." Peck and more than a dozen other women, all retired, quilt at the First Christian Church every Tuesday to raise money For their church. They charge their customers by the amount of thread they use. Some of the women have quilted on and off since childhood, some have not quilted since youth, and some tiad never quilted until now. Plan ahead and save now! Charge It or Use Our Free Lay-Away at Spurgeon's Times Herald, Carroll, la. • Q Thursday, April 8, 1976 O It takes five to six weeks for the ladies to finish a quilt working only one day a week. Some of the quilt covers are hand-me-downs from someone's mother or grandmother, but others are contemporary, said Mildred Westrope, leader of the group. Westrope said the group has a backlog of two years. Mina Leah Wigg, owner of Mrs. Wigg's Cabbage Patch, Des Moines, said, "Everybody has the tools to quilt." Many books are available on quilts and quilt-making; all a person has to do is read and follow directions, said Wiggs. Quilting has taken a patriotic twist lately. Currently on display in Ames is a Bicentennial quilt constructed last fall by 30 Ames women. Each contributed one scene of the city that meant something special to her. The quilt includes Main Street, the Octagon, a 'farmhouse and the city watertowers. The Living History Farm is also sponsoring a Bicentennial quilt which will be assembled from blocks sewn by wives of well-known lowans, including Mrs. RobertD. Ray. The senior home economics class at Saydel High School will enter its quilt in a Bicentennial quilt contest. The quilt is being constructed by approximately 12 students and will include some historic scenes in Iowa as well as the state bird and flower. Some quilters do not need the Bicentennial as a reason, however, Darlene Garwick of Dallas Center said she can "quilt away frustration." Garwick collects quilt patterns. Her 5,000- to 6,000-pattern collection includes two patterns named for Iowa — the Iowa Star and the Iowa Rose. The Iowa Star pattern is pieced. From each side of the square in the center of the design, a triangle made up of four smaller triangles, points to a corner of the block. The design is often done in green and white. A circular wreath is the FUNNY BUSINESS By Roger Bollen [ \|| DO-IT-400R&ELF PLANi I (jOHEREB<r> We eRECT A BASIC SHELL ,Tr4EN <VCO DO THE FIWSV4 WORK AUD LATER, (JOE COME BACK AMD DO \) -^ Truck Stop Owner Host to Travelers DEEP STEAM CARPET CLEANING For dirt-free carpets at a CLEAN rate! ROBERT SANFORD Ph. 263-4668 Denison, lowq basis of the Iowa Rose pattern, which is appliqued. Around the wreath are four roses, evenly spaced, and between each pair of roses are three leaves on the outside of the wreath and two leaves on the inside. Garwick said one pattern may have different names in different parts of the United States and every modification of the pattern will have its own name. . ' A modification and a name change, or just a name change can make a traditional bad-luck quilt pattern safe to use. For instance, said Juanita Clifford of Des Moines, superstition says the pattern Drunkard's Path causes its owner to turn to drink, but renaming the pattern Robbing Peter to Pay Paul, or Pumpkin Vine, will dissolve the pattern's curse.. The same is true, she said, for the Wandering Foot pattern, which superstition says will cause children to leave home early. When slightly modified and renamed Turkey Tracks, however, it is safe. Superstition also dictates that a perfect quilt cover is unlucky. If necessary, Clifford said, the quilter would turn a patch of the pattern wrong side up to flaw the cover. Any quilter can name her own pattern, said Ruby Zarnikow, a> quilter^pattern cpltectql''and adult'educat'lBn teacher in Des Moines! ffia't is what the first women who designed patterns did. Zarnikow said although she "is not a women's libber." she is proud that quilting was developed and is traditionally done by women. ; "I don't think it's a fad." Zarnikow said. "But there are not a lot of young quilters. Lots of women don't think they have the time and they don't . . . there's nothing quick about quilting." Choose It and Charge It, or Use Our Free Lay-Away at Spurgeon's Clifford quilts by machine because "people expect to get a quilt (for) $30 to $50. You can't do that and hand-piece and hand-quilt it because of time." Each of the 1,400 quilts Clifford has machine-quilted in the last six years took about three hours. Clara Phillips, a resident of Ramsey Memorial Home in Des Moines, said, "We kind of brag about our ages a lot. Now this fall . . . I'll be 88.1 never dreamed of living this long, let alone be able to quilt this long." Phillips and Nellie Hagens, who also lives at Ramsey Memorial Home, quilt for people several hours a day. Like the church quilters, Phillips and Hagens charge for their quilting on the basis of how much thread they use. "But as long as people want quilts quilted and as my hands can physically take it, I'm going to keep quilting. We'll just maybe shorten our hours, "said Phillips. Mrs. Gorman In Hospital Times Herald News Service AUBURN — Mrs. Lottie Gorman returned Saturday from La Mesa, Calif, where she had spent five months with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. John Boaz. Mr., and Mrs. Boaz .ac:com- pani.edvher home fo^r an indefinite visit. Mrs. Gorman was met at the airport in Omaha. -Neb. and taken by ambulance to Stewart Memorial Hospital, Lake City. Williamsons Visit Missouri Times Herald News Service AUBURN — Mr. and Mrs, L. A. Williamson were recent guests of her sister, Mrs. Velva Edwards of Cameron, Mo. v.- Mr. and Mrs. Martin Erickson and daughter, Janelle,. were Sunday guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Neil Stork at Anita. Mrs. C. M.'Bean was a Tuesday visitor in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Eccles and sons at Ogden. By Brendan Riley COALDALE JUNCTION, Nev. (AP)—The morning sun glints off a window 10 miles away. A mirage? No, it's a hint of civilzation, and it looks good to a trucker after miles of empty Nevada desert. Drawing closer, the trucker can soon make out a couple of main buildings, several smaller structures, trailers, fuel pumps, big truck rigs and cars. It's Jewel Parsons' truck stop, a landmark of sorts 'along state Route 95. The road is a main link on the "Oregon Trail," a truck route running from Mexico to Canada. It's also the main road for motorists driving between Las Vegas and Reno. Jewel, after 30 years here, knows hundreds of the travelers on a first-name basis. The place is in many ways typical of truck stops across the western United States — 24-hour operations located on isolated stretches of road, which provide a home away from home for truckers and other travelers. Some truck stops have an air of exclusivity about them. Restaurant counters might be marked "truckers only." Fuel pumps are often limited to diesel for the truckers' rigs. But Jewel, even though she sells most of her fuel to truckers, welcomes auto drivers too. They'd probably stop anyway. Her place is located in otherwise empty country midway along a 70-mile stretch between the central Nevada towns of Tonopah and Mina. . What she and other truck stop operators offer is place to refuel, eat, drink, sleep, wash clothes, shoot pool or shoot the bull, dance, and — in Nevada — even gamble. The idea, says Jewel, is to "try to make the place attractive ... try to give service. You have to be good to the drivers or they won't stop." Does that business formula work? Jewel says the rule of thumb is to look at the number of trucks parked at a truck stop. If there are many trucks, odds are the place has a reputation for good service. "We get a lot more people than just the truck drivers," she says. "On ,a Friday or Saturday night, all the local people show up." There's no sign of other buildings around the junction. But Jewel says miners who dig for turquoise in the nearby Monte Cristo Mountains and ranchers from nearby valleys often turn up. Besides the accommodations for travelers, her place also serves as a meeting hall for area residents. Mail is dropped off daily and the. stop serves as an unofficial post office. On the walls there are notices about upcoming drivers' license tests, fund-raiser for the fire department in Mina, maps showing locations of Nevada's legal bordellos — including one just a few miles from the truck stop. Jewel's a former state assemblywoman and Esmeralda County commissioner. She also served on the state Fish and Game Commission. • Calculators • Adding Machines • Typewriters STONE'S Hwy. 30, Downtown Carroll Scotts. EarlyBird Sale - .;^r . •'• "'' '!"" .'.-' '': • . '-'•'' " '" --V I 5,000 Sq. Ft. 10,000 Sq. Ft. 15,000 Sq. Ft. 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