By Ethan Colbert
At 11-years-old, Abby Haas, of Curryville, eschews the traditional habits and hobbies of the American teenager. Instead of focusing on television or the latest video game or film, the fifth-grade student at Frankford Elementary spends her free time in her mother’s sewing room honing her skills and working on a century’s old craft.
The craft is quilting, a craft that Abby is learning from her mother, Amanda, who has been quilting for nearly a decade.
During this past weekend’s Hannibal Piecemakers Quilt Guild’s Regional Quilt Show, Abby’s masterfully made quilts were on full display. The local youth received several accolades, including Viewer’s Choice for the Juvenile Division, for her “Happy Bunny” quilt.
She also received a third-place ribbon in the juvenile division of the quilt show, where she was the second youngest exhibitor.
Hannibal Piecemakers Quilt Guild member Lesa Spegal, of Frankford, said she was excited to see Abby’s work receive recognition.
“It is a true testament to her love of quilting and I hope it only furthers her love for quilting,” Spegal said in an interview after the conclusion of the quilt show.
Throughout the weekend, several of the 850 people attending the show paused to admire and to praise Abby’s work.
In an interview, Abby said hearing the praise was both humbling and motivating.
“I was surprised by it all,” Abby said.
The local girl is already in the planning stages on another quilt that she hopes to exhibit later this year at the Pike County Fair and at the Missouri State Fair.
Exhibiting at the aforementioned quilt shows are a testament to how far Abby has come since she first sat down at her mother’s sewing machine two years ago as part of a 4-H project.
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