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Press Release for P.A.S.T. of Union County Event on April 12, 2014
From Linda Hileman, president         618-833-8745

P.A.S.T. of Union County is proud to present “TIMES OF OUR LIVES”, the 12th annual Quilts and Table Settings Show in Anna, Illinois on April 12, 2014.  The event features unique and exquisite table settings surround by displays of old and new quilts and family heritage exhibits, all with treasured stories to tell.  Debra G. Henninger, noted author, designer and quilter from the Peoria area will be featured as the luncheon speaker and will display her “Hobo” quilts.

Sewing since she was a youngster, Debra has been an owner/operator of quilt shops for over 14 years.  An active member of the quilting community, she sponsors retreats, classes and special events.  Debra is always on the hunt for new, fun, innovative ideas in the quilting world.  These facts, combined with a love of family history and a degree in Sociology, made her latest book, Hobo Quilts, a natural for her.

Debra’s book has historic photos and wonderful vignettes from letters written by some of the hobos of the 1930’s or by the people who fed them.  The letters are poignant and insightful.  In addition, she has taken more than 55 hobo symbols and created original quilt blocks from them.  The book also contains 21 original projects made from the hobo blocks.  Additionally, Debra has an embroidery collection of Hobo symbols and their meanings available.

Inspired by this book, the Happy Scrapper Quilt Club of Anna has pieced and stitched a Hobo Code Quilt and presented it to P.A.S.T. to use as a 2014 fundraiser.  Tickets for the quilt are available by calling 833-3228.  The ticket will be drawn the day of the Quilt Show, but the winner need not be present . 

The Quilt Show and Table Setting displays will open at 9:00 am and may be viewed for $5.00 until noon.  At that time, a gourmet luncheon will be served on the exquisitely decorated tables.  Reservations at $25 each are required for the luncheon and for the program after lunch, however none are needed to see the exhibits until noon.   The event is located in the Anna Heights Baptist Church Family Life Center at 100 Turner Ave.  Anyone who would like to share a “Time of Your Life” with a table setting or quilt exhibit should call Barbara at 618-833-3228.  To make a luncheon reservation, please call Sharon at 618-833-6589 by Tuesday, April 8th.


P.A.S.T. of Union County is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization whose work is done by volunteers. The basic goal of P.A.S.T. is to encourage an appreciation of the structures in Union County, Illinois so that individuals, businesses, and groups will help to preserve these treasures for the future by finding new and functional ways to use them. One of the best ways we have found to do this is by making their history available to others through a variety of methods. The Home and Structure Tours, Website, and the P.A.S.T. Museum projects are ways to share this information.  New  PAST  Home is located at 102 S. Main St, Jonesboro, IL.


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