Quilt Show is March 9, 10

Linda Saholt

News Review Correspondent

Quilt Show is March 9, 10 Do you sometimes feel that the old arts are dying out and that everything is mass-produced these days? Then come on out to the Quilt Show and see what some talented local quilters have been stitching up.

The Hi Desert Quilt Guild’s 2013 show, “Quilts for a Desert Spring,” will be held March 9 and 10 starting at 10 a.m. at the Desert Empire Fairgrounds in Mesquite Hall. Admission is $5, and children younger than 12 are free. Parking is free.

Included in this year’s show will be displays of more than 150 hand-crafted quilts and a special exhibit of 15 quilts honoring the Navy’s nearly 70 years at China Lake. (That 70th-anniversary date is this coming Nov. 8.)

In addition, quilt expert Anne Copeland will give a lecture and quilt appraisals, a small-quilt auction will be held (1 p.m. Saturday) and an opportunity quilt drawing will take place (3 p.m. Sunday). Also offered will be a Guild boutique, door prizes and vendors.

“We only do this show every two years,” said Guild Member Deanna Ripley-Lotee. “We have some of the most talented women anywhere, right here in this area. Come and see — we’ll have newer and more interesting quilts to see.”

“The talent pool we have in this valley is absolutely outstanding,” said Member Charlotte Freeman. “People will see every kind of quilt, from pieced to appliqué and art quilts. This year, we’ll have more large quilts than in the past. I’ve seen a couple of the quilts honoring China Lake, and they are spectacular!”

Freeman has entered several quilts herself, including one in the special China Lake exhibit.

“I did a fun one, with the original unofficial logo for NOTS, the ‘Rocket-Riding Rabbit.’ It was one of the very first logos they had. It never attained official status, but it does show up on stationery sometimes. It’s one of the favorites of people who worked here for a long time.”

She also described the “Dear Jane” quilt pattern. “This is a very well-known quilt, made with hundreds of four-inch blocks, with not one duplicating another. We’ll have at least one, made by Linda Anderson, and maybe more. They’re just splendid quilts.

“Linda taught a local group how to make these, and they called themselves ‘Jane-iacs.’

“I also have a quilt on display that won an award and traveled with a quilt show for a year, called ‘Ice Storm.’ The challenge was to do an icicle in fabric. It was featured in an article in American Quilter magazine.”

The quilt show starts at 10 a.m. both days, and ends at 5 p.m. March 9 and 4 p.m. March 10.

Story First Published: 2013-03-06