The Tri-City Quilters’ Guild will have its 33rd Annual Show & Vendor Mall April 1-2 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.
This year’s theme is ‘Quilts for All Seasons.’
The theme was chosen by show chairman Rena Christensen, an avid gardener who values the changes in the weather throughout the year and uses them as inspiration for the colors and patterns of her quilts.
“The seasons also dictate when and how much time I can spend on my sewing hobby,” said Christensen. “The garden hobby pretty much takes over in the summer.”
The show will feature a special exhibit called ‘Seasons in the Home,’ depicting four cozy corners. Chairs and tables will be fitted for the four seasons to show how quilters create an environment for their art and needlework activities.
This year’s featured guest artists are Dee Brown and Robin Halliday, associates at The Quilted Trillium, a shop that regularly has a booth at the show.
Brown has a line of quilting patters, called Deezines, that contacts her designs for raw-edge applique, which don’t require tracing, as well as Halliday’s ideas for knitting, rug-hooking and wool applique. Both will give free lectures during the event.
Laurel Sutton will be the Tri-City Quilters’ Guild featured member artist. Her display will honor those she quilts with and for, she said.
“I am a groupie,” Sutton said. “I love to find friends to shop and consult with.”
Quilts that belong to family and friends will be retrieved for the show, including four wedding quilts made over two years and a series of quilts inspired by cars.
The walls of the event room will be lined with challenge quilts from Hoffman’s traveling exhibit, and from the guild’s contest to create a punning title and a fun-filled image of a cow or moose.
More than 35 sellers will have quilting and fiber arts merchandise available in the vendor mall and there will be a silent auction.
The winner of the raffle quilt, called ‘Trifecta,’ will be drawn at 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The Tri-City Quilters Guild was established to disseminate information about quilt history, patterns, techniques and trends. It also provides comfort quilts to agencies and individuals and sponsors activities to encourage quilting, quilt collection and quilt appreciation.
The Tri-City Quilters’ Guild 33rd Annual Show & Vendor Mall will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Apr. 1 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Apr. 2 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick. Admission is $8 and parking is free. For more information visit www.tcquilters.org.
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