With an upcoming quilt show and the launch of a local quilt block trail, members of the Western North Carolina Quilters Guild have been busy spreading the love of quilts and quilting around Henderson County.
Brochure guides for the new self-guided Quilt Trail are now available, and members are finalizing plans for A Garden of Quilts Show, which will take place May 5 and 6 in Flat Rock.
“There’s such a good spirit behind this show,” said Jane Kennedy, quilt show chairperson. She’s pleased with the quality of the 199 quilts submitted from guild members for the show at Bonclarken.
“You know the creativity is there, but everyone works differently,” said Kennedy. “(We) come together knowing the goal is the same thing … you see the joy, the creative expression.”
New for the show are docent tours, led by guild member Didi Salvatierra.
“If it’s pointed out to you what’s special, it brings you to a new appreciation,” said Judy Heyward, president of the WNC Quilters Guild.
Space is limited and reservations are required for the timed tours, which are free with admission.
In addition to quilts made by members, the two-day juried show includes five distinct exhibits.
A Quilts of Valor exhibit will honor veterans and military service members with a collection of red, white and blue quilts.
“This is to show the love and respect for their service,” said Heyward. “It means so much to the veterans to be appreciated.”
Anyone attending the show can leave a penned message on one of the quilts in that exhibit, and each of the four or five quilts will go to a veteran at the end of the weekend, Heyward said.
A Boys & Girls Club exhibit will highlight quilting work by sixth-graders taking classes from guild members at the club; quilts by four graduates of the program will be on display.
Two Challenge Quilts exhibits will feature local entries to the National Quilt Challenge for 2016 and 2017, with around 15 to 20 quilts made by guild members for each year, each with its own theme.
“They are given a specific task — this year they were encouraged to make table runners,” Kennedy said of the “A Good Place to Live” theme. Quilts from this year’s challenge will be donated to Habitat for Humanity following the show.
Quilts from the 2016 challenge were each created using an assigned color, via a paint chip, and no other limiting rules.
“We’re also proud to feature some fiber representations of the first eight blocks from the Quilt Trail,” said Georgia Bonesteel, a guild member and nationally known quilting teacher based in Flat Rock.
Guild members quilted these square quilts after Bonesteel pieced them together; the eight quilts will form the fifth exhibit. Each quilt design was a prototype for the four-by-four-inch painted quilt block signs.
The Henderson County Quilt Block Trail is akin to other quilt trails in communities in the region, notably in…