Not so long ago, when women wanted to freshen their quilts they would put them outside in the sunlight to air them instead of washing them, hence the term “airing of the quilts.” In remembrance of this tradition, the Quilter’s Guild organized the Airing of the Quilts exhibit. It was held June 24-25 at the Jackson County Public Library & Historic Courthouse. More than100 quilts were displayed.
Pat Warren commented that this exhibit was just a reminder of a country tradition as well as a showcase the talents of the quilters. And according to Warren, quilting is making a comeback as a hobby, even among young people.
Some of the quilts on display were antiques that had been passed down from generation to generation. One was a six pointed blue star pattern on a white back ground that was made in 1864.