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Handiwork of Wauneta’s Beryl Knotwell to be showcased over the next two weeks PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 05 May 2011 17:12

By Tina Kitt

The Wauneta Breeze


The next two weeks will be an especially busy time for Wauneta’s Beryl Knotwell, an already very busy lady.

Her quilts will be featured during a trunk show on Friday in McCook and then for the next two Sundays she will be the featured quilter at the Chase County Museum in Champion.

“Quilts by Mom and Me” on Friday will showcase quilts made by Beryl and her daughter Barb Hinrichs of Lexington during a trunk show and quilt bazaar hosted by the Piecemaker’s Quilt Guild of McCook. The event will be held at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 312 Seminole Drive, McCook, beginning at 9:30 a.m. MT/10:30 a.m. CT. The free event will feature quilts made by area quilters and a salad luncheon in addition to Beryl and Barb’s “Mom and Me” trunk show.

Beryl Knotwell of Wauneta has made hundreds of quilts since taking up the art 20 years ago. She has been preparing for a busy two weeks of displaying her handiwork, including shows in McCook and Champion. She will be the featured quilter at the Mother’s Day Quilt Show at the Chase County Museum in Champion on Sunday, May 8, and again on Sunday, May 15. (Tina Kitt | The Wauneta Breeze)


This Sunday, May 8, and the following Sunday, May 15, Beryl will display approximately 30 of her brightly colored, artistically designed quilts at the Chase County Museum in Champion during the season-opening quilt show. Beryl is this year’s featured quilter for the Historical Society’s annual Mother’s Day quilt show. Beryl’s quilts, as well as those of numerous quilters from the area, will be on display from 1 to 4 p.m. MT and Beryl will be there to discuss her work and tell the stories behind her quilts.

Beryl took up quilting 20 years ago when she retired as Wauneta’s City Clerk. She is especially drawn to vibrant colors and strong designs. Beryl passes along her love of the craft to each of her daughters, with youngest daughter, Patti, recently joining the rest of the family in becoming a quilter.

Beryl and her daughters have a long tradition of making quilts to give as gifts during time of need or to be raffled off for community fund-raisers.

“We call them comforters to give comfort when people are hurting,” said Beryl.

She has also made at least one quilt for each family member in her large and growing family. For Christmas in 2009, Beryl made 35 quilts to give as gifts to her family.

Beryl says she won’t be matching that pace again as her eyesight is beginning to fail her. “I turn 87 this year,” she notes.

But the recent arrival of a new great-grandchild has her reflecting on ways to provide a loving touch from Grandma Beryl for future “great grands.”

Beryl will focus on making quilt tops, setting them aside for her daughters or someone else to finish for each new arrival.

Beryl is looking forward to the next two weeks. “I enjoy showing my quilts. I hope people enjoy seeing them,” she adds.