The Missouri Bicentennial Quilt displayed at Plattsburg’s “200 Quilts, 200 Years” show.
The Plattsburg Community Courtyard was packed wall to wall last week with beautiful quilts in honor of Missouri’s bicentennial.
More than 500 people attended the five-day show “200 Quilts for 200 Years,” presented by the Plattsburg Chamber Bicentennial Committee from July 19 through July 23. The name of the show is nearly misleading, as the committee was able to display closer to 220 quilts ranging all the way back to the 1850’s.
The show drew visitors from beyond the region, too. That includes a group of four friends (two of which were sisters) from California, Texas, Nebraska and Iowa who hadn’t seen each other since the beginning of the pandemic. They met in Hamilton – Missouri’s quilting capital – and heard about the show in Plattsburg. They toured the show for more than two hours.
Committee member Tracy Pincus said that some visitors came back two and three times.
“We had lots of help putting up the quilts,” Pincus said of the committee’s efforts. “It took us three days. We organized them by decade and tried to display them like a timeline, from the 1850’s to modern day.”
She said that the display racks were provided by the Lathrop quilting guild, and the show benefitted from the help of Jan Schwarz, Char Norton, Elenore Chipman, Sharen Devling, Christian DeFreece, Michelle Newby, Terry and Lynn Wood, Mike and Lesli Shaver, and many more.
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