Karen Thurston is featured quilter

Karen Thurston is this year's St. Joe Valley Piecemaker's featured quilter. Mrs. Thurston's work will be on display at this year's quilt show during Paul Bunyan Days weekend September 6 and 7.

The St. Joe Valley Piecemakers have selected Karen Thurston as this year's featured quilter.

Mrs. Thurston will be featured during the St. Joe Valley Piecemakers 25th anniversary of hosting quilt shows during Paul Bunyan Days Weekend.

Mrs. Thurston said that she is new to the hobby and has been quilting for about four years. She was excited to be recognized by her fellow quilters.

“Quilting is something I've come to really enjoy,” Mrs. Thurston said. “I like working with all the different patterns and shapes.”

Mrs. Thurston said that she really got a hang of her craft when she started helping out with the comfort quilts program at the Lutheran Church. The comfort quilters come together each year to sew quilts for patients at Benewah Community Hospital.

Mrs. Thurston will have a booth in the gymnasium of the Heyburn Elementary school that will show case some of her favorite works.

She said that one of her favorite pieces that she is proud of is a mystery quilt that she recently crafted. She that the group sent her different pieces of fabric periodically and that she was challenged to make a unique pattern.

“I enjoyed trying to piece together the quilt and come up with a way for the pattern to come out nice,” Mrs. Thurston said.

Valley Piecemakers member Teresa Jeffrey said that this year's show is on as long as the school district allows larger groups to be in their buildings. She said anything can change between now and the time of the quilt show.

“We are on as of right now, it depends on if the schools decide to not allow events in their buildings due to the pandemic as we approach the day of the show,” Ms. Jeffrey said.

The show will also include a raffle with tickets selling for $1 or five tickets for $5. For more information contact Ms. Jeffrey at 208-245-4126.

The St. Joe Valley Piecemakers Quilt show will be hosted on Sunday September 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.. and on Monday September 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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