Granville Fall Celebration to feature quilt festival

Staff Reports • Updated Oct 5, 2017 at 11:00 AM

One of the major features of the Granville Fall Celebration each year for the last 18 years is the quilt festival at the historic Granville United Methodist Church.  

The Oct. 7 event will feature around 150 quilts from across Middle Tennessee in 21 classes of competition. There will three place winners in each category with a best of show award, as well. 

Each year, the show honors an individual who has excelled in quilting, as well as a memorial honoree. The 2017 show will honor Maggie Klenke, of Smith County, who has become one of Middle Tennessee’s most noted quilters. She began about 10 years ago as she began to think about retirement. She joined the Lebanon Piecemaker’s Quilt Club and became obsessed with quilting. She started with baby quilts and has made quilts of all types since that time. She purchased a quilting machine and developed many new techniques.

Klenke is known for her award-winning quilts at fairs and quilt shows and was juried into an AOS show with a hand-stitched Hawaiian quilt. Her best project is a replica of a mosaic wall in the Taj Mahal that took her three years to complete. She said she has met many wonderful people through quilting and made some close friends, which was the reason she started in the first place. Her collection of work will be displayed Oct. 7 in the altar of the church.

 The show will also honor the late Edna Gannon Forbes, of the Shop Springs community. Forbes was married to the late Sammy Forbes and worked for South Central Bell for 36 years. She had three children and, at after retirement, she would quilt a friend’s home for fellowship. She decided there was a need for a location to quilt on a regular basis, so in 2004, she and her friend purchased the old Coffee Grocery Store in Shop Springs and turned it into the Shop Springs Quilt Store. She operated the store until her death in 2014 and made it into a great quilt shop that served the Middle Tennessee area.  She loved to help people with their quilting problems and gave encouragement to all. Quilting lessons were provided, and many great quilters began with Forbes. Her family said because of their mother’s efforts, all her granddaughters were exposed to quilting, have her quilts and have the knowledge to pass her quilting legacy on to their children. Her family will display her quilts in a special memorial display in her memory. 

Both ladies will be honored in a special ceremony Oct. 7 at 9:30 a.m. at the Pruett Stage across from the Methodist church.  The quilt festival will run from 9:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. A quilt turning will be conducted at Sutton Homestead from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m., demonstrations of modern quilting techniques, quilting demonstrations and a new Granville Quilters Attic Shop with be open.

Entries for the Granville Quilt Festival will be taken Oct. 5 from noon until 3 p.m. at the Wilson Bank & Trust main office at 623 W. Main St. in Lebanon and at the Granville United Methodist Church. For more information, call Peggy Clemons at 615-444-2975. A complete list of categories is available at granvilletn.com.

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