2017 Exemplary Service Award Winner!
until the Quilt Festival.
Paint Your Own Porch "QUILT" Friday, Sept. 22 , 2017 10 am & 2 pm
In this class you will paint 3 small 3" x 3" wooden squares suitable for birdhouses, or one 12" square for a porch quilt (your choice). All supplies are furnished (wood squares, brushes, paint, and sealer) and you will have a choice of patterns.
Presented by Paula Stover, painter of over 70 barn quilts ranging from 3 inches to 8 feet. She also serves as the director of the Overton County Heritage Museum in Livingston, TN.
Melinda gives so willingly of her time and talents to several different charities. She serves on the board of Alzheimer's Tennessee and the Community Health Ministry. She is on the Advisory Board of the Area Agency in Aging and Disabilities. She and her family attend Trinity Assembly in Algood. Her workplace (Masters' healthcare, now Signature HealthCARE of Putnam County) was brought into the quilt show in an important way because of Melinda. Not only do they contribute financially, but they display quilt of staff and families of residents in their dining room as part of the quilt show tour. Melinda serves as Chaplain at Signature and beings a sense of comfort and peace to residents and their families.
Her sense of humor and exceptional talent for relating and working with people is invaluable to the Quilt Board as they work together all year to plan the quilt festival.
Melinda has an extensive collection of family quilts as well as quilts she has purchased from several sources including Joann Gill, Barbara Tolleson, Janice West, and others.
Melinda West Bilbrey, lifelong quilt collector, has served on the Quilt Festival Board for the past 15 years and has been Chair of the Algood Senior Citizen Center Board for the past 12 years. Melinda's love of quilts comes from family members who were quilters and quilt collectors.
Her Aunt Nola Mae Needham was instrumental in instilling a love of quilts in Melinda as a young person. Melinda's Mom and Grandmothers also contributed to her love of quilts.
The theme for 2017 was selected for Rising Above, a ministry to special needs individuals and their families started by Jeff and Becky Davidson. It was started in Cookeville and has expanded to several cities across the country. They provide worship opportunities, family activities, special recognition events, educational conferences, and caregiver support retreats. All quilts entered in Category A will be donated to this ministry.