Quilt show opens on Tuesday.

The Santa Fe Depot Museum’s annual quilt show will open on Tuesday, March 4 and continue through March 30. This year’s show will feature the “Shawnee Homemade Memories” house quilt created by the Spinning Spools Quilt Guild in 1990. The quilt contains thirty blocks, each depicting one of Shawnee’s historic homes or landmarks. The quilt has been displayed in Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Texas where it received awards.


To illustrate the magnitude of this task, after choosing the 30 subjects for the quilt from a group of 100 possibilities, the guild members used 277 different fabrics to depict the scenes. Quilting the blocks required a total of 7,201 ½ hours by 20 members. If the volunteer quilters had been paid a minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, the labor cost would have exceeded $52,000!


Many other quilts, provided by area residents, will be on display. Visitors will have the opportunity to cast a ballot indicating their evaluation of the quilts on display.


On Saturday, March 22 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., quilt expert, Judy Howard, owner of Buckboard Antique Quilts in Oklahoma City, will be at the museum to conduct a “bed turning.” She will talk about the historical significance of each quilt she shows. Guests will have an opportunity to purchase one of the antique quilts with the proceeds to benefit the Shawnee Salvation Army. In addition, Ms. Howard will have several of her quilting books and a 1905 recipe book on sale with the payment to benefit the Shawnee Salvation Army.


The Santa Fe Depot Museum is operated by the Pottawatomie County Historical Society. The museum is located at 614 E. Main Street in Shawnee and is open on Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday hours are 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Admission to the museum is a suggested donation of $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for students.