More than 200 handmade quilts will be on display later this week in Statesboro at the first High Cotton Quilt show.
The Staying in Stitches quilt guild, based in Statesboro, will hold its first judged quilt show on Friday and Saturday at the Honey Bowen Building. The show will feature quilts made by members of the guild, including residents of Bulloch and surrounding counties. The show also will include vendors of quilt-related products, a boutique with items made by guild members for sale, demonstrations, door prizes, and a raffle quilt benefitting Ogeechee Area Hospice.
The show is an exciting event for the guild and anyone interested in quilts, said show Chair Pat Wooke.
"This is Bulloch County's - this whole area's - first quilt show of this type," Wooke said. "We're doing this because we want people in the community to learn about our guild and to appreciate quilts and quilting. We hope this will be the first of many shows."
More than 160 of the 200 quilts will be judged, with recognition in 13 different categories, including pieced, appliqué, mixed technique and art quilts.
The show will be judged by nationally known quilter Jean Ann Wright. The former editor of "Quilt" magazine currently edits "The Quilting Quarterly," the journal of the National Quilting Association. She has taught classes and judged shows around the world. Her quilts have appeared on the covers of "The Quilter" and "Quilter's World" magazines.
"Having a professional judge is a big step for a small guild and first show," Wooke said. "But it is a way both to encourage participants to create their best work and to showcase that work to the public. Several members of the guild have been recognized for their quilts at the Georgia National Fair and other regional shows, but have never had the opportunity to show their quilts locally."
Quilting is a modern hobby with traditional roots, said Vicki Davis, publicity chair for the show.
"Many people think of quilts only as something they see in antique stores, or the inexpensive bed covers they see at the stores. But quilting today ranges from traditional to modern, classic patterns and fabrics to original designs. Quilting is a hobby that allows participants to be creative, to enjoy a social experience and to have a useful item when they are finished."
One of the stars of the show will be an opportunity quilt with a drawing Saturday afternoon. The quilt, in 1930s style fabrics, includes 60 hand-appliqued blocks, mixed with 61 nine-patch blocks, surrounded by a hand-appliqued border.
The guild will donate a portion of the raffle proceeds to Ogeechee Area Hospice, which provides services to individuals facing life-threatening illnesses and their families.
Demonstrations of various quilting techniques will go on throughout both days and will include needleturn applique, English paper-piecing and foundation paper piecing, preparing a quilt for long-arm quilting, nine-patch demonstration, hand quilting and quilting on a treadle sewing machine.
The show will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Honey Bowen Building. Admission is $5, under 12 no charge. For more information, go to the website at stayinginstitchesquiltshow.blogspot.com