Cherries are long over. Peaches, corn and wheat are currently underway, as are pears with apples fast approaching. Yes, it’s harvest time. All of this reminds us that it’s also time for the annual Harvest of Quilts.
The North Central Washington Quilt Guild — and its very creative Quilt Show Committee headed by Louise Brown — has been focused on providing another spectacular show on Sept. 13 and 14 at the Town Toyota Center.
Among the highlights of the quilt show this year will be quilts from our guests, the Odessa Quilt Club. There will be demonstrations going on throughout the show, so listen for the announcements and keep an eye on your program.
This year’s featured quilter is our own Barbara Vincent. Barb has been quilting since the late ’60s, so she was pleased to get acquainted with local quilters when she and her husband, Pete, came to Wenatchee over 14 years ago.
As with most of us, Barb’s work has gone through many changes through the years, becoming more outstanding as time goes by. You will sincerely enjoy seeing her work and meeting Barb at the quilt show.
Along with viewing and voting on the more than 250 quilts entered in the show, you can actually take home a work of art by one of our outstanding quilt artists. Ten award-winning quilters have provided small quilts to be included in a silent auction. The proceeds from this portion of the show will go to purchase supplies needed to continue providing comfort quilts within our community.
This year’s raffle quilt, “Evening Bloom,” has been visiting various venues around the valley for a while, and tickets are still available at $1 each. During the week before the show, this amazing quilt is displayed at Pybus Market and raffle tickets are available there. Be sure to get a close-up look at this spectacular quilt and pick up your chance to win it while you help the guild with this major annual fundraiser. The winner will be announced at 4 p.m. on the last day of the show.
You will also have an opportunity to shop! At least 10 vendors will be on hand to feed those creative fires as well as provide other treats to take home with you.
The guild will provide its Boutique where members share items from their own quilt rooms in this opportunity to pass them on to someone who can make excellent use of them.
The Community Booth will share information about all of the areas in which the guild helps in our area, including Christmas stockings and pillow cases for CASA and placemats for Meals-On-Wheels. An area that has been getting a lot of attention since the guild learned about its need for quilts is the palliative care unit at the hospital. And, just to get more people involved and have some fun, quilters will actually be sewing on the quilts. Stop by to say “hello.”
We are able to provide this event with the help of local partners who have provided wonderful support for our efforts. Andrew’s Sew and Vac is providing major support for the Quilt Show again this year. Andrew and Michelle always provide quite a show of their own as you enter TTC. Faithsteps Housecleaning, Pybus Market, Telford’s Chapel of the Valley and Patriot Plumbing, Heating and Cooling are also lending their support.
Terry Hunter is a member of The North Central Washington Quilt Guild
If you go
What: Harvest of Quilts
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 13 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 14
Where: Town Toyota Center
Tickets: Available at the door. Admission is $5.