The Quiltmaker Family The Quiltmaker Juanita The Quiltmaker Deputy The Quiltmaker Uncle Ronnie The Quiltmaker Cindy

All photos courtesy of Barter Theatre

The Quiltmaker

Cast Size: 6 (3M, 3W)
Ida May Combs seventies; sharp-tongued quiltmaker
Juanita Jenkins fifties; unattractive cosmetics saleswoman
Cindy Taylor Bennett late twenties; Ida May’s granddaughter
Jackson Bennett early thirties; Cindy’s husband
Ronnie Combs fifties; Ida May’s son
Ham Terhune fifties; the local sheriff


Life in Mud Creek has never been easy and no one knows that better than Ida May Combs. Ever since her husband’s death, Ida May has supported her family by selling her beautiful hand-stitched quilts – and dealing prescription drugs. But times are changing. Ida May’s granddaughter Cindy has married the hated son of a rival moonshining family, her son Ronnie is having an affair with his best friend’s wife and Sheriff Ham Terhune is cracking down on the epidemic drug spree sweeping the area. As Ida May struggles to maintain control over her “family”, Ronnie and Cindy are forced to choose between love, loyalty… and life.

Two Acts
Approximate Running Time: 1h 50m

Production History

2005 Winner of Barter Theatre’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights

The Quiltmaker was first produced in 2007 by Barter Theatre (Abingdon, VA), Richard Rose, Producing Artistic Director.


“…laugh-until-you-cry funny.”
Robert McKinney, Bristol Herald Courier

“A thought-provoking play – and a comedy to boot!”
Shari Stacy, Washington County News