Quilt work from five area women will be on display at the  5 Friends, 5 Quilters, 5 Peeps  at the Adams County Arts Council.
Quilt work from five area women will be on display at the 5 Friends, 5 Quilters, 5 Peeps at the Adams County Arts Council. (THE EVENING SUN -- SUBMITTED)

On any given Friday it is easy to guess what Annette Ehly, Barbara Dombrowsky, Patsy Hartnett, Jill Coleman, and Judy Sorensen are up to. They are quilting, just like they've done every single Friday for the past 21 years.

"You won't find five women who have been together for over 20 years and are still as close as we are," Dombrowsky said. "It's very unique, very special."

This Friday all that uniqueness will be on display at the Adams County Arts Council as the group shows off their quilts at the "5 Friends, 5 Quilters, 5 Peeps" art show.

Each woman has her own individual style of quilting and the pieces on display will reflect that, Dombrowsky said.

"I tend to be more whimsical," Dombrowsky said, describing one of her Santa quilts in which Santa's hat is so large that all that can be seen of him are his boots. Another one of her quilts features a flamingo with an exaggerated neck and legs.

The other quilters in the group experiment more with unique fabrics or stitching techniques.

"Patsy is the artist," Dombrowsky said. "She drafts her own quilts with things from her own experience."

Also on display at the show will be one of the group's "Round Robin" projects. In a "Round Robin" each member of the group has a chance to add her own section to the quilt, creating a diverse finished product, Ehly said in a press release.


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All of the "five peeps" have been sewing and quilting for almost their entire lives and together have amassed a great deal of experience at the craft, Dombrowsky said.

"We all started by sewing our own clothes," Dombrowsky said. "I think Patsy has been sewing since she could first hold a needle."

The group is now eager to share their work and experience with the public at the art show, where the quilts will be as diverse as the women who made them, ranging from traditional to whimsical, Dombrowsky said.

Five quilters, Judy Sorensen, Barbara Dombrowsky, Jill Coleman, Annette Ehly and Patsy Hartnett, are in an upcoming show titled  5 Friends, 5 Quilters, 5
Five quilters, Judy Sorensen, Barbara Dombrowsky, Jill Coleman, Annette Ehly and Patsy Hartnett, are in an upcoming show titled 5 Friends, 5 Quilters, 5 Peeps at the Adams County Arts Council. (quilt)

If you go

What: "5 Friends, 5 Quilters,

5 Peeps" art show

When: 5 to 7:30 p.m. Friday

Where: Adams County Arts Council, 125 S. Washington St., Gettysburg

Cost: Free