The show will feature 138 quilts displayed in the main building at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds on Aug. 14, said guild historian Pat McGuire. Judging will take place Aug. 15, and the show will open to the public on Aug. 16–17. This year’s judge will be Grace Anderson of Grants Pass, who was one of the clothing and textiles judges at the Del Norte County Fair this year, McGuire said.
Show spectators can browse among various vendors selling quilting-related items, and they can create blocks for the guild’s Wounded Troop Project quilt. They will also be able to play games for other quilt-related items, many donated by the vendors, including books, kits and bundles of fat quarters, a one-fourth yard cut of fabric, McGuire said.
The guild is also raffling off three quilts, said co-president Debi Newman. The proceeds will go toward breast cancer research, scholarships for local youth and guild activities and programs, she said.
The guild’s featured quilter at this year’s show will be Nan Berg, who creates the guild’s newsletter and maintains its website.
“That person is chosen by our membership,” Newman said. “And (Berg) does some awesome stuff.”
Berg, who grew up in Ottawa, Canada, moved to Del Norte County from Southern California in 2001. In Southern California she began teaching classes for fabric stores and moved on to teaching classes for a sewing machine dealership. But, she said, it wasn’t until she moved to the banks of the Smith River and began attending guild meetings that she began to be serious about quilting.
“I went to the quilt show in 2006 and talked to the guild ladies, who were very nice and friendly and encouraging, and I joined the guild along with my friend,” she said. “So I’ve tried a lot of new techniques since I got here.”
Berg will have on display several queen-size quilts made of batik fabrics. She said she’ll also display several quilts she embroidered using a machine as well as some made completely by hand.
“That’s a new thing I’ve picked up in the last few years,” Berg said. “I worked for a long time for a sewing machine dealership, so obviously our focus was doing everything by machine. But I branched out more.”
Berg said she still uses sewing machines and computer software to design and create her quilts, but she has returned to hand-making her quilts because she likes the challenge.
Berg added that folks who are just learning about quilts should attend a guild meeting.
“We have no problem taking an absolute beginner and helping them out and teaching them whatever they want to know,” she said. “And it’s a really good group of women. They’re very friendly and outgoing and very helpful.”
The quilt show will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 16 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds in Crescent City.
The Lighthouse Quilt Guild holds a business meeting at 10 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month. The guild also holds sewing days every other Tuesday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
For more information, visit www.lighthousequiltguild.org.