The Crowder Softstitchers celebrated their 25th anniversary with a quilt show at Crowder College.
The show, in the Farber Building, is open for only one more day, as it opens at 1 p.m. and closes at 4 p.m. today.
The show includes some old traditional patterns, but also many new and exciting patterns, many designed by their makers.
In addition to quilts of all sizes, the show has examples of other quilting ideas including crib quilts, holiday quilts, table runners, and wall hangings.
On special display is a friendship quilt made by several women in Neosho in honor of the marriage of Raymond and Aileen Welcher, long-time residents. The Welchers were married in the 1930s.
The range of styles run from the patriotic to outdoor themes to beautiful flowers and geometric designs.
Kathaleen Dahl, a new resident of Neosho, has a pair of quilts that hark back to her years in Minnesota. "Up North" and "Flying Geese Over Woodland" emit a north woods feeling. Dahl is not only a new resident of Neosho, but she is fairly new at quilting. She said her mother did not quilt and she just fell into it. Now she is a big advocate of what she believes is a true domestic art.
Brenda Pollick, also of Neosho, entered "American Eagle" in the show. This red, white and blue beauty features dozens of eagles in various phases of their lives. The eagle is the symbol of the United States and this is a bold quilt and seems to shout "America!"
Pat Ackerson, Neosho, has a beautiful holiday piece called "The Night Before Christmas," done most in red and white. It puts a viewer in mind of candy canes, with picture of Santa and his sleigh, and some winter scenes of house, churches and mailboxes covered with snow.
Visitors to the show are encouraged to vote for their favorite quilt. Admission to the show is free and will be open until 4 p.m. today.