Splendor, artistry and outright labors of love will be on display this month at Oklahoma Christian University as the Edmond Quilt Guild hosts a show expected to once again draw hundreds of viewers.
Edmond Quilt Festival 2014 will be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 25-26 at the Gaylord University Center at Oklahoma Christian, 2501 E Memorial Road.
Show co-chairman Wendy Wells said people come to admire the work others are able to do with fabric, including the intricate designs some quilts have.
The guild, with about 200 members, sponsors the show once every two years.
Guild member Patti O’Neil said more than 900 people attended the 2012 show held at the University of Central Oklahoma.
“This is our fourth quilt show, and it has been more successful each time,” O’Neil said.
The admission fee is $7.
The event is a benefit for the club and also an outreach to the community on what quilting means.
“We use the funds to help bring in speakers and sponsor workshops,” Wells said.
Quilting is the art of sewing two or more layers of material together to make a thicker padded material.
“Quilting is very popular among both younger and older women and even some men,” O’Neil said.
Wells has seen evidence of it as well.
“Some of the quilt stores in the metro have been around for 30 or 40 years,” she said. “Quilting really appeals to all ages.”
The other co-chairman of the event, Sue Esparza, agrees more people are enjoying the pastime.
“For many, it is like going back to your roots,” she said. “We’ve also seen a revival in hand quilting.”
What to expect
The guild will have more than 100 quilts on display, all by members. Prizes and ribbons will be awarded, including best of show and best handmade quilt.
The judging will in “masters” and “amateurs” categories. Some members, Esparza said, have won in national competitions and at other shows. They will be in the masters category.
“We have many beginners and don’t want them too intimidated,” she said.
Everyone who enters will receive a packet with critiques and comments from judges.
This is the 10th anniversary of the founding of the guild. This year’s exhibit for the first time will feature an artisan market, where crafts, including embroidered items and dolls, will go on sale.
There are also door prizes. “The business community has been very generous in helping us with door prizes,” Wells said.
For more information on the show or the guild, go to www.edmondquiltguild.us or email email@example.com.