Mountain Craft Days 2013

Crown of Thorns

Crown of Thorns Quilt at the Adam Miller House (1798)

My family has been involved in the Somerset Historical Society’s Mountain Craft Days nearly as long as it has existed and it’s a tradition that I love.  Growing up I was knicknamed the “Butter Girl” because I ran the Jr. Historian’s butter making booth for several years in high school.  Although I had fun (and adore freshly churned butter), I’m pretty glad to have graduated to a much cleaner task- demonstrating quilting and telling the history of the Adam Miller home (an original Somerset County home dating back to at least 1798).

Inside the Adam Miller Home

Inside the Adam Miller Home

This was the first festival in several years with good weather and the crowds were amazing.  There were some 6,000 people on Saturday alone!

Applique, Patchwork, Whole Cloth, and knotted quilt examples

Applique, Patchwork, Whole Cloth, and Knotted quilt examples

Wool with drum carder= Home made, historical quilt batting

Letting kid's check out the wool

Letting kids check out the wool

Giving folks a chance to try their hand at quilting

Giving folks a chance to try their hands at quilting

Three Days of Straight Hand Quilting

Three days of hand quilting= Seriously tired, serious calloused fingers

All and all a great, if exhausting weekend.  I hope I’ll have enough finger strength left tomorrow to type at work!

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