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Local quilter wins first in 40th anniversary competition

Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2018 at 11:11 am

Amy Gentle Grubb (at left) is pictured here with Linda Worley, owner and operator of Huntsville’s “Patches & Stitches”. Amy won first place in the 40th anniversary competition.
Photo courtesy of Linda Gentle

A local quilter won first place in Huntsville’s “Patches & Stitches” 40th year anniversary competition.

Linda Worley, owner and operator of Huntsville’s “Patches & Stitches”, celebrated her 40th year in business by offering quilters chances to win prizes if their quilt is one of the first 40 completed using her stringent rules.

Worley opened “Patches & Stitches” in April 1978 in a small space on Leeman Ferry Road. Quilters and needle art patrons from miles around, in Tennessee and Alabama, enjoyed shopping at “Patches” the last 40 years. Worley’s 40th anniversary is celebrated by a block quilt that is about all things “40”. The quilt consist of 40 blocks of various sizes, using 40 fabrics to make the top of the quilt. The first 40 participants who finished a quilt that is pieced, quilted and bound, received a $40 gift certificate. There was one rule — the blocks had to be made in the order assigned, 1 through 40. Patterns were received two at a time.

Quilters had to sign up prior to Jan. 13 when the contest began. Requirements were to take in two completed pieced blocks in order to get the next two patterns. No matter how close quilters lived to the current shop, 603 Humes Ave., Huntsville, they were allowed to pick up patterns only once per day.

Fayetteville’s Amy Gentle Grubb presented her finished quilt to Linda on Feb. 13. Grubb thought she would be in the top 40 winners, but was shocked to learn she was the first to finish the anniversary competition — she was number one of the 40 winners. Long-arm quilting was done by Kim Hamby.

Amy is president of the Lincoln County Piecemakers Quilt Guild. Her husband, Lt. Col. Brooke Grubb, is serving in Afghanistan with the Tennessee Army National Guard. The quilter jokingly said she doesn’t plan to tell him how much the prize of a $40 gift certificate cost in fabrics.