Quilt Guild Honors Deceased Members at Benton County Museum

In Philomath, the Benton County Historical Museum presents the exhibit, Their Quilts Live On. The quilts in the show, assembled by the current members of the Marys River Quilt Guild (MRQG), were created by former members who have passed on. Through this exhibit, current members honor the work of their predecessors and their legacy. 

The Museum’s press release says,Quilters represented in the exhibition include Bunny Brehm, Jan Bressler, Sherry Clark, JoAnn Cutler Hay, Carol Farnes, Myra Kiekel, Elsa McCloskey, Carol McIntire, Cindy McNutt, Marnie Ross, Marjorie Posner, Shannon Rettig.” Also included in the exhibit are three friendship quilts made by the entire Guild. 

The MRQG is an organization in which members not only perfect their quilting skills, but also collaborate on projects and promote the art of quilting through their exhibits and programs. Through their creations, members also make regular charitable contributions to the community.  

Since 2017, the MRQG has donated over 100 quilts each year to community service organizations and assisted living facilities, as well as victims of house fires and, more recently, victims of wildfires. Members also provide quilts to several organizations for raffles and auctions. One of the major recipients of their quilts is ABC House, an Albany-based non-profit that provides child abuse support services to children in Benton and Linn counties.  

The MRQG has a regular presence at the Philomath Museum. Meetings are held there on the fourth Thursday of each month, and every two years since 1991, through the co-sponsorship of the guild and the museum, Benton County transforms itself into Quilt County during the autumn months, celebrating the art of quilt making in the region through diverse exhibitions. 

The exhibit runs through Saturday, Oct. 16. The Philomath Museum is located on 1101 Main St. and is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free, donations are welcome. 

By Jonna Rosińska