Quilters of all ages will show off their talent with needle, thread and fabric at the Lighthouse Quilt Guild’s 12th annual show this weekend.
This year’s show will take on an Asian flavor with quilts featuring Asian-style fabrics, kimonos and other Asian decorations, said Guild President Barbara Allison. But this will be the last show that will be held on an annual basis. The next show will be held in 2014, she said.
“It’s just that we can’t produce as many quilts,” Allison said. “Members were producing a lot and they just can’t produce as much as they were.”
The show will be in the main pavilion from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds. Admission is a donation of $3.
A judge will examine 135 quilts this year, Allison said, many of them created by the guild’s 80 members. Quilts from non-guild members will also be in the contest, she said.
Categories include: quilts made by youth ages 6 to 16; group quilts; miniature quilts; wall-hanging quilts; quilts for a crib or lap quilts; and quilts for a twin, full, queen or king size bed. The guild also has an apprentice program for people who are mentally disabled to create quilts, Allison said. Those quilts will also be judged.
The judges will also want to know whether the quilt’s design is original or if it was created in a workshop or from a book or a magazine, Allison said.
“We want to give credit where credit is due,” she said. “It’s just like when you’re working for a radio station and you play a song. You need to say who’s singing it.”
Winning quilters will receive hand-stitched ribbons. According to Allison, everyone in the guild was supposed to design six-by-six inch ribbons.
Allison said she will enter four of her own quilts in the show. She began the toughest entry last October and finished all of her quilts by June.
“It took me a long time,” she said. “I just saw a photo of it on the Internet. The photo that I worked from was two by three inches, so I didn’t have any directions on how to cut it or how to press it. I had no instructions at all, so I just winged it.”
In addition to the displayed quilts, vendors will be showing off their wares. Allison said there will be vendors selling hand-dyed fabric, patterns and quilting supplies.