Charlotte Quilters’ Guild will focus on the past and future of quilting at its annual quilt show.
Timeless Treasures Then and Now is the theme of the 2015 show, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 13-14 at Metrolina Tradeshow Expo, 7100 Statesville Road in Charlotte.
One of the highlights is an exhibit of about 35 antique and vintage quilts from the 1800s through the 1950s. To be included in the display, an antique quilt had to be at least 100 years old, and a vintage quilt had to be at least 50 years old, said Patricia Sears, quilt show co-chairwoman.
Most of the quilts in the exhibit will be from the 1930s and ’40s, said Sears, 70, a Fort Mill resident.
Owners of the antique and vintage quilts furnished show organizers background information on their quilts. There are some quilts purchased in North Carolina and Virginia; quilts salvaged from family home places before they could be discarded; and quilts made from old clothes.
Quilts from the past were made without benefit of the sophisticated tools and equipment available today.
“That’s the magic of it,” Sears said.
“It’s like holding a baby,” said quilt show co-chairwoman Cheran Croasdale, 67, as she gently folded a quilt and placed it in a pillowcase for safekeeping.
Visitors will observe how quilting has evolved from antique quilts made in the 1800s to the contemporary styles, said Croasdale, who lives in the Steele Creek area.
“We still make the very utilitarian quilts that are used predominantly for bed coverings, but we also now have groups of women that are really very innovative in how they approach quilting,” said Vonnie Schulze of Waxhaw, show publicity chairwoman. “And they now are more pieces of artwork, quite frankly.”
Schulze, 64, grew up in England, where she was taught to quilt in school when she was 7 years old. She also learned to sew her own uniform in her school colors at age 11.
In addition to the exhibit of antique and vintage quilts, more than 200 traditional, nontraditional and specialty quilts made by members of the guild will be on view during the show.
There will be demonstrations, vendors, a boutique, raffles and door prizes. The raffle quilt is titled “Café Au Lait,” a reference to the coffee-and-cream colors of its fabric.
Novant Health Foundation is a community sponsor of this year’s show.
Show proceeds support guild service projects such as cuddle quilts for hospitalized infants and children, comfort quilts for breast cancer patients and fidget quilts for people with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia in a memory-care facility. Members also make quilts for soldiers.
The organization promotes quilting through fellowship, education and community outreach. The guild meets the first Wednesday of each month at the Tyvola Senior Center, 2225 Tyvola Road, in Charlotte. Membership dues are $35 per year; there is a $5 guest fee for nonmembers to attend meetings.
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Want to go?
Charlotte Quilters’ Guild will hold its 2015 quilt show 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 13-14 at Metrolina Tradeshow Expo, 7100 Statesville Road, Charlotte. Admission is $6, or $5 with a coupon from the guild’s website. Details: www.charlottequiltersguild.org.