Colors, Shapes and Textures Fill the Community Center

May 1, 2015

by Len Lathrop

The Hannah Dustin Quilters Guild hosted its 2015 Quilt Show at the Hudson Community Center over this past weekend.  The quilts are a tribute to the guild members’ creativity, love of quilts and dedication to the guild.  Counting the quilts of all sizes handing from racks on the walls that almost completely filled the Community Center numbered just about 100 – all colors, shapes and sizes.  Each entry had a tag of who made and quilted the quilt, as well as what the design source was for each one.

When founded in 1980 the Hannah Dustin Quilters Guild only consisted of eight members.  Over the years the Hudson/Nashua Guild has grown to about 160 active members.  All the quilts in the show were made by members of the guild.  Guild President Carol Sullivan and past President Susan Schiff gave a guided tour of the quilts and explained the intricacies of how the pieces are sown together, either by hand or machine.  The quilts then are put together from the front piece to the back piece to the middle piece, once again either by hand or by machine.

On display as you entered was the 2015 raffle quilt.  This year it was “Out of the Woods,” a 92 inch-by-93 inch quilt made by members of the guild.  Tickets were sold throughout the years at different quilt shows as well as throughout the membership.  The proceeds from this quilt were split among David’s House in Lebanon and the New England Museum of Quilts in Lowell, Mass., and the guild.

David’s House provides a “home away from home” and support for families with children receiving treatment through the Children’s Hospital at Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H.  They accommodate ill or injured children, 18 years and under regardless of race, creed, national origin, sexual orientation or economic status.  Since 1987, members of the Hannah Dustin Quilters Guild have graciously donated handmade quilts for use at David’s House.  The children are welcome to take the quilts with them when they leave.

The large category had a special quilt.  Its title was in memory of Scott Wilson and was made by Catherine Harnisch, his aunt, and it was quilted by her – Catherine Quilts.  It was a free-form quilt that was made from the shirts of her late nephew, Staff Sgt. Scott S. Wilson.  He lost his battle to PTS last May.  He had served 16 years in the U.S. Army and certified tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq.  While the top was made of his T-shirts and the back was made of other clothing while the edges came from his Boston Red Sox quilt.