A new addition to this year's Pioneer Craft Fair is "Let's Talk About YOUR Quilt." Bring your quilt to the Ag Hall/Heritage Center in Morrison on September 8 and share what you know about it, and learn something you don't know about it. Every quilt in any condition, vintage or contemporary, large or small, utilitarian or heirloom, has a unique story to tell.
Professional Quilt Appraiser Valorie Bonk will enjoy looking at and talking about your quilt with you. She may be able to offer clues about its age, fabrics that were used in its construction, the names of the blocks or the setting of the design, the techniques that were used to assemble and quilt it, general historical information about what was happening in the world around the time the quilt was made, and general information about quilts of this type. (Maybe your antique quilt was used by the Pioneers who traveled to Iowa by wagon train.)
Throughout the day, Val will sprinkle in information about handling and care of quilts, quilt restoration and repair, why appraisals are important and how they are done, tips on shipping quilts, etiquette involved with giving quilts and quilt appraisals, the ethics of appraising quilts, and more.
The 34th Annual Pioneer Craft Fair will be held on September 8th. The event begins at 11:00 AM and runs through 4:00 PM. It will take place at the Grundy County Heritage Museum at 204 4th Street in Morrison.
The Pioneer Craft Fair is a non-commercial event emphasizing old-time crafts and activities. This year's fair includes quilting, embroidery, crochet, tatting, cross stitch, beekeeping, timber framing, fling knapping & arrowheads, rag rugs, horseshoe games, gold prospecting, Cedar Valley Civil War roundtable, Ostfriesen German cemetery story, musical entertainment, railroad displays, antique farm machinery displays, fireplace stew in the log cabin, butter churning, country schoolhouse exhibits, buckskinner camp, horse-drawn wagon rides, food stands, farmer's market.
The following free activities will be offered for children: barn stahl petting zoo, pony rides, hand pump duck races, hay stack treasure hunt, rock painting, buckskinner camp with horse-drawn wagon rides.
A food stand will be available for your enjoyment.
Check out website www.grundycounty.org to find more details on the schedule of events.