The Sisters of the Cloth Quilting Guild, Inc. is hosting the 19th Annual Gathering of Quilters at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on National Quilting Day — Saturday, March 21, 2009. The show starts at 8 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m. The registration fee is $20. The theme for this year’s Gathering is If Quilts Could Talk, The Stories They’d Tell. The key note speaker is nationally known quilter, teacher, and author, Kaye England.
The quilt show will include eight categories for submission – Men’s (quilts made and submitted by men), Children’s (quilts made and submitted by children), My First Quilt (the first quilt made by a novice quilter), Quiltastic (quilts made from unusual fabric or in unusual shapes), Small Quilts (twin size or smaller), Applique, Traditional and Group/Round Robin Quilts. Prizes will be awarded in each of the categories as well as for Best of Show and the Ugly Fabric Contest. A vendor mall will be provided for shopping convenience.
A novelty at the 19th Annual Gathering of Quilters will be a “bedturning.” Cozy areas simulating bedrooms will be setup in selected locations. Two assistants or “turners” will draw back or “turn down” the quilt while the narrator tells the story of that quilt. The story could include for whom the quilt was made, when it was made, any difficulties the maker had with the quilt, the year the quilt was made or whatever historical events may have been taking place during the time the quilt was made.
Eight quilting guilds from the Indiana Michigan area will be participating in the bedturning.
For more information, contact Denise Jordan at 260-447-0974 or Letha Anderson at 260-490-2036.