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By Bev Odom
The Red River Sun
WELLINGTON — To get just a glimpse of the heritage of Collingsworth County residents, the Wild & Free on 83 committee, including Karen Caldwell, came up with the idea to have a quilt show.
With a lifelong passion for quilting, organizer Misty Youngberg embraced the plan and ran with it.
At the end of the day Saturday, Aug. 7, she noted her favorite quote from the conversations and expanded a little.
“If you ask a quilter to sell you a quilt, most of them won’t,” she wrote. “But most quilters pour their time, money and love into their quilts and just give them away. That sanctuary was full of over a century of love today!”
With over 150 quilts and nine “quilty” items on display, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., 200 people filed through the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church to view the masterpieces.
“Whether it is joining fabric, family, friends or even our history, quilting has bound us together for centuries,” she said. “You cannot put a price on the quilts in the sanctuary today; the love that filled the room was priceless.”
Youngberg’s grandmother and the one who hooked her family on quilting, Yvonne Canada Ellis, of Childress, didn’t get to attend. In her place, Youngberg explained that God sent all the “quilty people” to be her kind of people.
“I don’t really fit in anywhere, but I am pretty sure God has sent me them to be my kind of people,” she said. “The last two days they have gone out of their way to help me. My heart was broken when my grandmother’s health kept her from being here,
especially since she is my quilting inspiration. But God has helped that heartache by surrounding me with loving hearts in the quilters and in the community.”
The time spent arranging the display didn’t go unnoticed.
“I am floored of how supportive my ‘quilty people’ have been and could not have done it without you all,” Youngberg said. “Quilters are work horses, and I am not talking about quilting machines, but the people. Setting up, cleaning up and even feeding my children when I could not get away… you all were amazing. God has blessed me with each of you. I could not have done it without each of your blessings.”
Amongst Youngberg’s team, in addition to her children, Aspen and Easton, were her mother, Sherri Barton, of Quail, her aunt, Candy Powell, Candy’s mother-in-law, Linda Powell and their friend, Judy Cudd, all of Wellington.