NEW ULM -The Prairie Piecemakers Quilt Guild is gearing up for its 2012 quilt show Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24 at the Hope & Healing Center, 301 20th S. St.
The 91-member quilt guild holds a quilt show every two years. The upcoming show is its fourth, according to Joleen Koch, a long-time guild member and an organizer of this year's quilt show.
"I'm getting calls from all over for the show," said Koch. "We've really come together as a group to make the quilt show go."
Staff photo by Josh Moniz
Judy Fischer, of New Ulm, showed off her quilt at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Feb. 8 as part of a preparation for the Prairie Piecemakers Quilt Show 2012 on March 23 and March 24.
The location is new for this year. The last quilt show was held at the middle school in New Ulm. The hours (there are extended hours this year) run from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, March 23 and also from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 24.
The show will feature more than 350 quilting pieces on display.
"This is going to be a wonderful show," said Marlene Hutchins, who is also a guild member. "We have beautiful quilts and top-notch quilters. Making friends is important. That's really what quilting is - it is making friends."
If You Go:
What: Quilt Show 2012 by the Prairie Piecemakers Quilt Guild
When: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, March 23; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 24
Where: Hope and Healing Center, 301 20th S. St.
Admission: $5 per adult, tickets at the door
Visitors can expect everything from pin cushions and miniature quilts to queen size quilts, baby-size quilts and wall hangings. People will also get to see hand-quilted and machine-quilted works from beginners' patterns to exquisite hand appliqud quilts.
Several of the guild's quilters have won various awards including local quilters Theresa Westrup, Sylvia Aufderheide and Mary Waibel, to name a few.
"That just shows the level of talent in our guild ... There is something for everyone," said Koch. "The quilts there will inspire quilters at all levels."
For this year's show guest artist Karen McTavish will be making an appearance on both days. She will give a lecture and do a book signing each day: Friday at 2 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m.
"She's (Karen McTavish) a very interesting woman," said Theresa Westrup, a quilt guild member. "She has quilt pattern tattoos on her arms."
McTavish has been featured on PBS' Quilt Central and HGTV's Simply Quilts. Her work has appeared in several books, numerous national magazines and journals. McTavish is working on her fifth and sixth books.
The two-day event features more than $8,000 in door prizes, from patterns to quilting retreats.
There will also be an "opportunity quilt" - people can try their luck at taking home a quilt made by members of the guild.
If people get hungry they can visit the Quilters' Cafe with a menu of BBQs, egg salad, bars, chips and beverages. Mini cookbooks will also be available for purchase: one focuses on cookies and bars, and another highlights appetizers.
The vendors at this year's quilt show include: Firefly Quilt Shop, Mankato, Old Alley Quilt Shop, Sherburn, Spinning Spools, New Ulm, Sweetwater Cotton Shoppe, Paynesville, The Thimble Box, New Ulm, Shades of the Past, Clara City, The Quilters Dream, Montgomery, Wooden Thimble, Estherville, Iowa, and Stelters Sewing Center, Mankato.
Demonstration Schedule: some events by members of the guild, others are by the vendors:
The schedule is as follows on Friday, March 23: 9:30 a.m. Karen Cottom-Wool Appliqu; 10:15 Carolyn Kramer-3-D Pinwheel, 11 a.m. Kathy Drexler-Dresden Plate,11:45 a.m. Patti Haala-Organizing, 12:30 p.m. Joleen Koch-String Piecing, 1:15 p.m. Theresa Westrup-Hand Quilting, 2 p.m. Karen McTavish lecture and book signing, 3:15 p.m. Wooden Thimble-Cut It Up 4 p.m. Shades of the Past, 4:45 p.m. Bonnie Rabe-Wool Appliqu, 5:15 p.m. Spinning Spools, and 6 p.m. Toni Laffrenzen-Miniature Quilting.
The schedule of demonstrations on Saturday, March 24: 9:30 a.m. The Quilters Dream, 10 a.m. Karen McTavish lecture and book signing, 11:15 a.m. Firefly Binding Tool and Sure Grips, 11:45 a.m. Patti Haala-Organizing, 12:30 a.m. Old Alley-3-D Pinwheel, 1:15 a.m. Theresa Westrup-Hand Quilting, 2 p.m. Mary Waibel-Hand Appliqu, 2:45 p.m. Connie Mayta-Hobo Train, and 3:15 p.m. Thimblebox-Silver Frame Purse.
The special exhibits for this year's quilt show include: The Dove Chocolate Challenge: where the wrapper of a Dove Chocolate includes a saying which is used as the basis for the quilting piece.
"Some of our members ate a lot of chocolate before they found a saying that "inspired" them," said Koch.
The Mystery Quilt involved clues being handed out each month to the participants. They did not know what the quilt would look like until the final clue was provided in April.
"Our guild president challenged the group to complete the mystery quilt from 2010-2011 so they could be in the show there are at least 20," said Koch.
She said also that it is interesting to see how different quilts look even though they are the same pattern.
"One of our guild challenges for this year was a Round Robin," said Koch. "All of the participants were given a numbered brown paper bag. They each made a 12 1/2" block for the center of their quilt, added fabrics they would like used for their quilt and brought the numbered bag with their block and fabrics to the next monthly meeting. Each month the bag was given to a different person who added something to the center. No one saw her original block until the "reveal" at our February meeting."
This quilt show is not a "judged" event, but is held to share the love of quilting and to hopefully inspire others to join in the fun of quilt making, Koch said.
Ribbons were made by a group of guild members and will be awarded as follows: Three people's choice awards, nine vendor awards, three Mayor's awards for quilts chosen by Mayor Bob Beussman and the McTavish award, given by Karen McTavish, this year's guest artist.
A portion of the proceeds from our show will be donated to the Kids Against Hunger Project located at the Hope & Healing Center. Proceeds will also support the Guild's community projects.
"The money that comes in goes to support our community projects," said Koch.
The guild makes "Compassion Quilts" as a community projects. The quilts are given to people in this area who have had a fire in their home or who are experiencing medical difficulties.
The guild also makes "Quilts of Valor." These quilts are given to the wounded Veterans in this area.
"A Stitch of Hope" quilts are donated to the local Oncology Unit for cancer treatment patients. The guild's "Snuggle Quilts" are being given to help babies in need.
The last quilt show the quilt guild had drew about 700 people in from 97 different communities (Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota).
"We expect a lot more (people) this year," said Koch.
The cost of tickets for adults is $5; students $3; and children under 12, no charge.