Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Sierra Gold Quilt Guild: 2019 Quilt Show - Oct 4 & 5

Sierra Gold Quilters’ Guild is hosting their biannual Quilt Show on Friday and Saturday, October 4 & 5, from 10 am to 4 pm.  Their first-ever quilt show was held in April 1983, and now (36 years later) completely fills up two halls at the Amador County Fairgrounds in Plymouth.

These quilt shows are the major fundraiser for the Guild. Funds from this and other projects, enables the guild to contribute quilts and other items to the community. During 2018, approximately 95 quilts, 30 Christmas stockings, 180 dog beds for local vets and dog rescue, 80 clothing protectors, over 300 chemotherapy caps, and many toys and school supplies were contributed to various charitable organizations. Organizations that were recipients of these contributions include Operation Care, Amador Pregnancy Help Center, Hospice of Amador, Kit Carson Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Gold Quartz Inn Senior Retirement Home, Upcountry Community Center, STARS, and several other cancer centers in Northern California. Quilting books were also donated to the Amador County Library. Some members of the Guild volunteer at the Amador Arc program, teaching sewing skills to adults with intellectual disabilities. The Guild also has adopted the Interfaith Food Bank and makes monthly donations.

In addition, the fundraising efforts and membership fees help to offset the cost of engaging renown teachers and presenters that feature classes regarding special quilting techniques. These classes are open to members at discounted prices, and greatly expand the expertise and creativity of the guild.
The 2019 Quilt Show will include a display of quilts created by members, a dozen or more vendors selling sewing and quilting items, a country store with bargains galore, raffle baskets of beautiful quilting items, and a small quilt silent auction. Refreshments will be catered by the Blue Moon.

As part of the 2019 Quilt Show members have created a stunning “opportunity” quilt to be raffled which generates significant funds. This year’s quilt is entitled “Applique Affair” and it features 25 unique appliqued blocks. Raffle tickets are available from members and will be on sale both days of the event; final drawing is at the end of the second day.

Our own Susan Boyd will be the featured quilt artist for the 2019 show. The quilts she is displaying at this year’s show are comprised of a sampling of fifty years of quilt making. She began quilting in the late 1970’s just before the quilt resurgence and has progressed through many styles.  Her current ventures now emphasize art quilting.  Susan’s initial quilts were inspired from old quilts in library books. At this point in her craft, her designs are all original to satisfy her need to create. She has always loved traditional quilts and admired the beautiful stitches of our grandmothers. They inspire her to do her best work.

Over a period of ten years, Susan did machine quilting for other quilters which helped to expand her creativity and improved her skills. This led her on the path to art-quilting. She now has expanded her skills with the use of fabric paints, ink-tense pencils, making her own stencils and stamps and drawing her own designs for embroidery. After creating fabric pieces, she challenges herself to put them together in a artful manner along with piecing, appliqué or embroidery. Susan’s greatest hope is that something she makes will inspire others to try new things and improve their artistic potential.

The 2019 Quilt Show conveniently occurs the same weekend as The Big Crush. We hope to see you at our Quilt Show in beautiful Gold Country.

Further information about the guild and the quilt show may be obtained from our website www.sgqg.org  or by calling 209-296-6750 or wittgar@volcano.net

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