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Lou Ann “Nan” McVay (left) of Eufaula and Meri Pinner (right) of Council Hill hold up a quilt, “A Walk in the Meadow,” constructed by McVay and quilted by Pinner. This quilt was selected from among thousands to compete in the American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show & Contest in Paducah, Ky., April 21-24. (Photo by Donna Pearce/Indian Journal)

By Donna Pearce

Indian Journal

Several Eufaula-area quilters, including an Ada native, are headed to the 2010 American Quilter’s Society Quilt Show & Contest in Paducah, Kentucky, April 21-24.

One of the most excited to be going is former Ada resident Lou Ann “Nan” McVay of Eufaula/Stigler.

The reason for her excitement is that her quilt, “A Walk in the Meadow,” was one of 388 quilts selected from thousands to be shown in this internationally famous, juried show.

“It’s a win just to get to go,” said McVay. “It’s a really BIG deal to get chosen.”

Sharing McVay’s enthusiasm is Meri Pinner of Council Hill, who quilted the quilt constructed by McVay.

“There are always many Asian quilts at this show and they often win,” said Pinner. “We’re hoping to place at least second.”

Another local quilter, Pat Brill, did some of the hand quilting on McVay’s quilt.

All three women are members of the Piece Makers Quilters’ Guild, a lake area group.

McVay is a past president of the Piece Makers and is currently co-membership chair. Pinner is also a past president; and Brill is a past vice-president.

This quilt has been three years in the making, said McVay.

It has already won numerous awards including Best of Show, Best Machine Quilting, Best Appliqué and Viewers Choice during the Piece Makers’ Labor Day weekend show, Quilts by the Lake, held at North Fork Baptist Church last year.

“I learned to sew at my mother’s knee,” said McVay. “I started quilting when I retired in 2001. I joined Piece Makers in 2002.”

Pinner has also been quilting since her retirement in 2000. She quilts for customers who have pieced their own quilts. Pinner quilts around 125 quilts a year.

McVay is the second of the Piece Makers Quilters’ Guild to earn a spot in the international quilting competition.

 held at the Paducah Expo Center in Paducah, Kentucky.

This show, now in its 26th year, will have three quilting authorities to judge this elite group of competitors.

First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in 15 categories, along with nine overall awards.

Winners will be announced at an Awards Presentation on April 20.

Due to another commitment, McVay won’t be able to attend this event. However, she has made plans to find out the results electronically.

Cash awards will total $120,000, including $20,000 for the Janome Best of Show; $12,000 for the BERNINA Machine Workmanship; $12,000 for the AQS Hand Workmanship; $12,000 for the Gammill Longarm Workmanship; and $5,000 for the Moda Best Wall Quilt.

Regardless of how McVay’s quilt places, it will be on display at the four-day show which is expected to draw more than 30,000 people.

Quilts entered in the show came from 47 U.S. states and 10 other countries.

The American Quilters’ Society hosts four shows annually, each with its own quilt contest. Besides the Kentucky show, other shows are held in Tennessee, Iowa and the newest location in Pennsylvania.


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