Our 8th annual Quilt Expo in Madison, WI wrapped up a very successful show, exhibit, and all around fun time this past Saturday. We had the usual fair—a stunning juried quilt show, blue—red—& white ribbons in 10 categories, Best of Show Winner, 192 vendors, 126 lectures, 30 sit & sew workshops, 12 hands-on workshops, and 56 free demonstrations. Whew!
A unique part of our Quilt Expo is the addition of the Quilt To Give area where people volunteer their time and fabric to create full-sized quilts to give away. This isn’t a new topic to frequent blog readers; I presented the Quilt To Give idea last summer in a 10-part series. (The instructions are online.) What’s impressive is the number of quilts that were made and donated during the 3-day event—36 quilts to be exact.
Last year, 25 quilts were stitch or donated. They were donated to St. John’s Medical Center in Joplin, MO. Half of the full-sized quilts were given to staff members who lost homes and the other half went to patients who lost their homes and possessions. Since we had several quilt tops ready to stitch, it seemed important to do this again!
The 36 quilts that were counted at the end of the show were not all sewn at the Quilt Expo. An unbelievable number—25—quilts were donated. Some donations were quilt tops, while other quilts donated were complete. It was a treat to see the donated quilts up close and admire the unique patchwork and quilting applications.
A total of 11 column quilts were pieced during the show. Some totally finished, some waiting until next year to be finished. The long arm quilting specialists from Baby Lock, Joan and Kathy, stitched 16 quilts in three days from a combo of the quilt tops pieced at the show and donated quilt tops
In the gallery of photos, you’ll see a variety of the Quilt To Give variations of the Column Quilts that I’ve shown on Sewing With Nancy. The fabric choices from vintage to bright show how versatile this design can be. Plus, it’s easy to sew, and made primarily with donated remnants of fabric.
Special thanks to Theresa who has worked with me for eight years at Quilt Expo, overseeing the charity sewing area. You’re one in a million Theresa!
All 36 quilts will be donated to flood victims in southern most Louisiana. The distribution will take place with the help of a Baby Lock Dealer. Photos to come later!
Winner of String Quilt Revival from last week’s blog!
The random winner of the book, String Quilt Revival is Judy Nolan. Here are her comments regarding her stash of scraps!
This could be incriminating to answer! Let’s just say that there are boxes and baskets of scraps, and nobody really wants to count them. (I sure don’t!)
Bye for now,