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Central Oklahoma quilters will hold annual celebration this week

Central Oklahoma Quilters Guild will present its annual “Celebration of Quilts” at State Fair Park.
BY DAVE MORRIS dmorris@opubco.com Published: June 21, 2011

Georgann Giudice says Oklahoma City is the most rural place she's lived. Los Angeles, Detroit and Chicago may have been larger urban areas, but for Giudice each city shared a commonality with Oklahoma City: quilters.

“Quilters are always great people, always willing to share,” Giudice said. “Right away I would have this group of friends. It's always encouraging to be with people who are like-minded and have the same interests.”

The retired Salvation Army officer says her grandmother was a quilter, and her mother did some quilting too. While in Hawaii in the 1970s, Giudice took up quilting. Around the same time, the Central Oklahoma Quilters Guild formed as the bicentennial sparked a national resurgence in the craft. It's developed into an art form and an industry.

The guild will hold its annual Celebration of Quilts this weekend in the Travel and Transportation Building at State Fair Park. Show hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The show serves as a fundraiser, allowing for national speakers to attend the guild's monthly meetings. Proceeds raised from a quilt raffle will be donated to YWCA Passageway Shelter for victims of domestic violence.

The group also produced Christmas stockings that will be displayed at the event and later filled with goodies to be given at the Passageway Shelter during the holidays.

Besides its monthly meetings that allow members to share and learn, the guild serves the community by making hundreds of quilts throughout the year for groups and charities.

Join the guild

Meetings are the fourth Thursday of each month at St. John's Methodist Church, 1755 N Meridian Ave., in Oklahoma City.


LEARN MORE

For more information about the Central Oklahoma Quilters Guild and the Celebration of Quilts, go to centralokquilters.org.

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