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Odom to present at local quilt show

The News-Democrat of Waverly, Tennessee

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The Fourth Annual White Oak Women's Exchange Quilt Show and Boutique, this year featuring Jean Odom, will be held at the Waverly United Methodist Church, 115 W. Main Street, Waverly, November 13 and 14, 9am-3pm. Each year the Exchange hosts a quilt show as a fundraiser for their activities in the Dickson and Humphreys County area.

This year's Quilt Show will feature Jean Odom of Nashville, and her presentation "100 Years of Quilts, 1840-1940". Jean Odom is a quilter, quilt collector and independent textile researcher with a special interest in textile bags (better known as feed sacks). She made her first quilt block in 1944 while her father was overseas during WWII. She is a five time Best of Show winner at the Tennessee State Fair and has had quilts exhibited at shows in Des Moines, Grand Rapids, Fort Wayne, Dollywood, Paducah and Houston. She is a member of the American Quilt Study Group, National Quilting Association, Midwest Fabric Study Group, Cumberland Valley Quilters, Courthouse

Quilters and is currently Treasurer of the Tennessee Valley Quilters Association. She is a founding member o the Tennessee Quilt Study Group. She has been a volunteer with the Tennessee State Museum assisting the staff in documentation projects and preparing quilts for exhibit. "We are very lucky to have Jean Odom at the Show this year." states Judy Ventrella, Quilt Show Chairman. "Jean is an incredible resource for information on old quilts, fabrics and patterns. We hope that people with questions about their "family" quilts or vintage quilts they own, will come to the Show and see Jean's display."

The Fourth Annual White Oak Women's Exchange Quilt Show and Boutique features Old and New Quilts, Youth Quilts, Special Exhibit of Paper Pieced Pineapple Quilts and Special Exhibit Quilts of a Group Quilt Block Challenge. There will also be a Boutique of unique, handmade items for sale, live music each day and door prizes. The Show is Free and open to the public.

White Oak Women's Exchange is a 501C3 nonprofit organization that supports people recovering from health issues through quilting and fabric arts. Their current programs include providing quilts for people starting chemotherapy and dialysis at local treatment centers. Volunteers meet once a month in Dickson and Waverly to make quilts for local patients. According to White Oak Women's Exchange President Kathleen Emery of McEwen, "We make quilts for cancer patients because, through personal experience, our members know how difficult a cancer diagnosis and treatment can be for patients on an emotional level. We feel being wrapped in a quilt made by cancer survivors and caregivers can really help someone going through treatment themselves." For more information on the Quilt Show and the White Oak Women's Exchange call Kathleen Emery 931.209.3337 or Judy Ventrella 931.209.5555, or online www.facebook.com/WOWE2012.



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Original Publication Date: November 6, 2015



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