The walls of the Markay Gallery are aglow with the work talented quilters from Jackson and Vinton Counties.

This year’s version of Apple Country Quilts includes an amazing variety of techniques. Visitors will find cross-stitch, bargello, whole cloth, appliqué, pieced, embroidered, and felted work.

The exhibit runs through August 18. Regular Gallery Hours are Wednesday to Friday from Noon to 5 p.m. and weekends from 1 to 3 p.m. It’s easy to make special arrangements to view the exhibit for groups of any size. Just call the Markay at 740-286-6355 and we’ll accommodate your needs. The space is handicapped accessible. There is no admission fee.

Thanks go to these fine folks who have lent us their treasures: Dawn Acord, Denise Armstrong, Vivian Bevins, Sharon Brown, Ann Faris, Paula Forshey, Carmel Johnson, Valerie Legler-Davis, Doris Miller, Kathy Miller, Jill Neff, Edie Ridgeway, Marlene Simpson, Norma White, Cynde Wood, Evelyn Woolman, and Naomi Worthington.

Thanks to the Fred Altherr Family a Quilting Bee will be held, in honor of the late Helen Forshey Altherr. The public is welcome to drop in and watch the Wesley Quilters ply their needles. You can ask questions and learn quilting techniques. The hours are 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 14 and Friday, August 15.


Denise Armstrong created this Bargello quilt. She sewed strips of fabric together, rolled them into a cylinder, cut varying widths from the roll and stitched those back together to form her quilt top. It’s worth a trip just to see this quilt.


Clever Kathy Miller combined math and fabric to come up with the design for this Sudoku quilt. It’s for sale with proceeds benefiting the Markay Cultural Arts Center’s Renovation Fund. Thanks Kathy!


Cynde Wood has been quilting for decades. Her hands are not as nimble as once they were, so she has taught herself to machine piece and free hand machine quilt using her new long-arm. “New Directions” is her latest spectacular result. To the right of Cynde’s quilt are “Festive Times” by Jill Neff on the bottom and an intricate felted piece by Naomi Worthington that incorporates clothing from her past on top.