Members of the Mooresville Centerpiece Quilters' Guild are adding finishing touches to projects. Their 2008 Quilt Show will be Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.
“The purpose of the show is to let people know what we do, get people interested and keep quilting alive,” said Marlyn Curnow, president.
This exhibit appeals to quilters and nonquilters. There's something for everyone: special displays, a quilt raffle, demonstrations, a boutique and silent auction.
Plans for special displays abound. In keeping with an election-year theme, members have created unfinished blocks to represent historical and political events. Barbara Barrier, chairperson, said many historical or antique quilt patterns were inspired by events in American history. These unfinished blocks will be made into quilts and distributed to returning wounded veterans through the Quilts of Valor program.
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This program is just one of the charitable donation activities of the guild. Some of the Valor quilts will be displayed, along with items that the group donates to nonprofits in Iredell County.
The women have exchanged quilt-related gifts with a quilting guild in Hockenheim, Germany, Mooresville's sister city, and were excited to learn that the guild has sent a quilt to be hung at the Mooresville show.
Mooresville guild members are entering 149 items. “All entries will be displayed,” said Barrier. Linda Cantrell and Connie Brown, certified judges, will award first, second and third places and honorable mention for each category, along with a Judges' Choice and Best of Show. “Judging is for our education,” said Barrier.
One quilt project represents a first for members. They're thrilled about the interpretation in fabric of Henri Rousseau's painting, “Tropical Forest with Monkeys.” The painting hangs in the National Gallery of Art, and quilter Hazel Crone had to request permission to copy the work. She prepared a large blueprint and divided it into eight sections.
Eight quilters randomly selected a section and employed a variety of techniques to create a picture. “We were challenged to go in directions we had not gone previously,” said Amy Barnhardt, publicity chairperson.
Hostesses will be available to answer questions about the quilts and the guild's work. Members have created a quilt to be raffled. About 60 women have made quilt blocks that Barnhardt assembled. The quilt was displayed at Renee's Quilt Shop and is hanging at Quilters' Loft on 188 N. Main St. Tickets are $1.
Other pieces will be available in a silent auction. The quilters will offer wall hangings, a full-size bed quilt, placemats, table runners, ornaments and fabric picture frames. Visitors also can peruse the guild boutique where an assortment of bags and books will be for sale. Vendors will host demonstrations at individual booths.
Quilters' Loft, show sponsor, is donating a Pfaff Grand Quilter. The sewing machine, built for quilting, will be demonstrated at the Quilters' Loft booth. Raffle tickets will be sold at an adjacent table for $5. The drawing will be held the last day of the show.
Quilts will be displayed in the gym and cafeteria of East Mooresville Intermediate School, 1711 Landis Highway. Doors will open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. Admission is $5.