The Lahrmer family gathered for their 20th family quilt sew over the Labor Day weekend.
There were 39 in attendance, plus a number of visitors who stopped by during the day. The group quilt project this year was called “Turning Twenty,” depicting their 20th gathering. By the end of the day there were three Turning Twenty quilt tops completed for display.
In celebration of the 20th sew, two quilts were given away. The first was the annual giveaway blocks, which were Christmas blocks, and were won by Cathy Klis, of Geneva, Ill., great-granddaughter of Rosa Lahrmer. The second were Civil War fabric strips won by Cathy Keith, of Kerens, Texas, granddaughter of Rosa Lahrmer. Both ladies will complete the quilts and bring back next year for the group to see.
In 2015, Mary Lahrmer Jaycox, of Kings Mountain, N.C., won the Civil War giveaway blocks and brought her finished quilt to display this year.
The group took many pictures, had a pin cushion swap, received many freebies and enjoyed lunch from Kali’s Pizza and various other dishes brought by the family. Thelma Naylor, Marilyn Morrison and Donna Young made a special hat pin cushion and gave to each member like one Grandma Lahrmer made years ago. Marilyn Morrison demonstrated how to knot a quilt top for the group and answered questions.
Last year’s quilt was the Cracker Box, or Album Quilt. The members embroidered or signed blocks for everyone and traded with each other. Many of those quilts were completed and brought back for display. There were also many other baby and full-size quilts that were completed by family members since last year and displayed for everyone to see.
The annual event is organized by Susie Shaner Morgan. She is the granddaughter of Ernest and Rosa Lahrmer, and daughter of Paul and Ruth Shaner, of Oak Hill, . There are many families with four and five generations of quilters and we hope to carry on the legacy and tradition of Grandma Lahrmer for years to come.
Those attending were: Ruth Shaner, Carol Blackburn, Melissa Conger, Morgan Crabtree and Opal Lahrmer, of Oak Hill; Cathy Keith, of Kerens; Donna and Shaelyn Young, of Rio Grande; Susie Morgan, of Gallipolis; Thelma Naylor and Fran Brumfield, of Lancaster; Marilyn Morrison, of Point Pleasant, W.Va.; Susie and Bess Franklin, Julie, Ethan, Evan and Seth Smrtnik, and Taylor Peters, of Lebanon; Mary Jaycox, of Kings Mountain; Barbara Lahrmer, of Mooresboro, N.C.; Phil and Bev Lahrmer, of Sidney; Nancy Fitzpatrick, Lori and Haley Pritchard, Debbie, Sam, Izzy and Ian Dunlap of Mt. Sterling; Molly, Mya and MaKaylee Green, of London; Penny Smith, of Washington Court House; Rita Williams, of Aurora; Judy McKee, of Chicago; Cathy and Lauren Klis, of Geneva; and Joyce Smith, of Cincinnati.
— Submitted by Susie Shaner Morgan