Quilter to display her work at show on Friday

Sue Schoch is shown in this photo. (The Leader-Herald/Jennifer Farnsworth)

By JENNIFER FARNSWORTH

For The Leader-Herald

MAYFIELD — Patching pieces of fabric together is much more than a hobby for Sue Schoch.

For Schoch, it is an art that connects her to friends and community, and this well-known quilter is bringing her well-crafted work to the Mayfield Presbyterian Church.

The church will hold its 23rd Annual Quilt show where the avid quilter will share some of the work that reflects her passion for quilting.

The two-day event, scheduled for the first weekend in June, will showcase Schoch with her long-arm quilting. Schoch will present a special program on Friday, that will include a trunk show and discussion about designing quilts. Schoch said she likes to make quilts with unusual shapes in them, and also likes to work with applique. The process, Schoch said, can be slow and steady, but that is what she enjoys about it, in the moment pace that it requires.

“Depending on the shapes involved, making a quilt top can be relatively quick. I work on and off on making quilt tops so it can take a few weeks to get a simple quilt made. More complicated piecing and applique is a process that can take much longer. Custom quilting the layers together usually takes a few weeks. It’s the process I love and that happens to have a beautiful result when I’m done, so I am rarely in a hurry to finish,” said Schoch.

The togetherness of quilting is also an aspect that has kept Schoch sewing. She generally works on applique when meeting with small groups of quilters in each other’s homes. She said this is when they collaborate, share and form bonds.

“This is a relaxing way to make progress while catching up with friends. Which brings me to another aspect of quilting that I love, the community,” she said. “Working on a quilt with others around is a very creative adventure. Everyone’s willing to give their opinions and ideas on how to make the quilt better or help with a new technique. Quilting with friends is a great stress reducer. And sewing at home helps you escape everyday life and puts you in a creative zone of color and pattern. Everyone should try making a quilt.”

Schoch, who resides in Clifton Park, also works at the Gloversville Sewing Center’s two locations two days a week, Wednesdays in Gloversville and Thursdays in Saratoga. Schoch said spending time at these centers allows her to keep up with different machines. The time also allows her to see what other people are doing in the ever-growing world of quilting.

She doesn’t just work at the two locations. She also teaches classes and often offers advice to new and experienced quilters.

“I’ve been working there for three and a half years. I love sewing machines and showing customers all the wonderful things, the new machines can do. I also like seeing what quilts people are working on and helping pick out fabrics,” said Schoch. “On Thursdays, I teach people how to use the longarm quilting machine so they can rent time to finish their own quilts. I also teach some quilting and embroidery classes at the store.”

It was Schoch’s grandmother that got her interested in quilting in 1965. She first showed her how to hand piece a nine-patch block. From that point, she began her lifelong love of quilts, making quilts on and off through the years until she joined a local quilt guild– Quilt North — in 2005. At Quilt North she is still active, serving as co-president. In 2011, Schoch purchased her long arm quilting machine that she uses to sew together a quilt top, batting and backing fabric.

“I strive to make the quilting as interesting as the piecing and applique in her quilts,” said Schoch.

In 2012, Schoch opened her business to quilt tops for other quilt makers. Her quilts, as well as her customer’s quilts, have won many awards and have been in national quilt shows such as the Houston International Quilt Show and American Quilters’ Society Paducah Quilt Show. While at the quilt show, she will discuss her quilts and design techniques. She will also have a trunk show at the event.

Admission on Friday is $5 and $3 on Saturday. Baked goods and lunch specials will be offered on Saturday.

In addition to Schoch, quilt related vendors will be on hand, as well as Kathryn Greenwold who will appraise quilts by appointment.

Viewer’s Choice votes will determine the winner in three categories: Large Quilt, Small Quilt, “Red, White and Blue” challenge quilt.

The Mayfield Presbyterian Church is located at 22 N. Main St.

For more information visit mayfieldpresbyterianchurch.org.

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