Stitch by careful stitch, the quilting students at Wyoming Area Secondary Center have prepared to show off their skills.
“I love the quilt I made this year and I am really proud of it,” said senior and Quilting 2 student Marissa Traglia. “I can’t wait to see it hanging up in the gym.”
Family and Consumer Science teacher Antoinette Jones said her Quilting 1 and Quilting 2 students will display their work in the school’s annual quilting show being held from 4 to 7 p.m. May 29-30 in the high school gym.
About 60 students will display their projects, from traditional quilts to more complex project completed in the school’s new Quilting 2 course.
Admission to the show is free, but members of the Wyoming Area Quilting Club will sell baked goods and smaller quilted items like lanyards, totes, even pet items like collars to raise money for both the club and a local pediatric cancer facility, Jones said.
The Quilting 1 students have their traditional quilts to display, which Jones noted are done partly by machine, but the top layer is entirely sewn by hand.
In Quilting 2, new to the Wyoming Area curriculum this year, Jones said students got to branch out, explore and attempt more complex patterns.
Traglia, for instance, plans to display a quilt “no one has tried before,” that she has titled Lavender Mist.
“It is basically a formation of triangles that create a certain pattern,” she said. “It was a hard process for me at first ... Ms. Jones and I practically had to figure it out on our own.”
Gianna Paoloni, 18, of Wyoming, also took Quilting 2 this year. She made a “jelly roll” quilt specifically for her aunt, who always wanted to learn how to quilt.
“I am very excited to show off my quilts this year at the show,” she said. “I enjoy quilting very much, not only making the quilts but also making the projects we make.”
She’ll be giving the jelly roll quilt to her aunt during the event and also showing the quick trip quilt she finished this year.
Jones said the quilting show often generates more interest among students. Senior Alex Modlesky decided to take Quilting 1 this year after attending last spring’s show.
“Sewing and quilting was very awkward in the beginning,” he said. “But after a couple of lessons from my teacher I got the hang of it.”
Modlesky, 18, made a “galaxy” log cabin quilt large enough for a queen-sized bed, and managed to complete it even though he spent some time wearing a sling while sewing after he broke his collar bone.
“It was hard to continue sewing my quilt for the quilting show,” he said. “Hand sewing was the worst thing ever.”
Jones often thinks of quilting and hand sewing as a lost art, but her students say they will continue to pursue it after the class ends.
“I am planning to continue quilting,” Traglia said. “When I’m older I will most definitely have quilts I’ve made around the house ... To me, quilting is not just a hobby; it’s an art.”