By Misty DUPLESSIS
For those interested in learning the art of quilting or just want to view the creative fruits of these labors, plan to stop by the Glendale Quilt Guild’s 32nd Annual Glendale Quilt Show taking place from Friday, March 18 through Sunday, March 20 at the Burbank Airport Marriott Hotel.
Each year the show chair chooses a different theme and quilters have the chance to display their creative interpretation of the theme and compete in the theme category.
This year many of the nearly 220 members of the guild are expected to attend the Wild West themed show. In the past there have been somewhere around 2,000 quilt enthusiasts and admirers who have made their way through the showcase.
A display of 140 different quilts is expected from miniature quilts under 24 inches to large king size quilts. Publicity chair, longtime La Crescenta resident and Guild member Brandi Nalley and her mom entered a large and miniature version of the same quilt in this year’s show.
An estimated 40 vendors will also be attending. During the show patrons can participate in a silent auction, take part in several quilting courses and purchase an array of quilts at the “Quilter’s Boutique.” There will also be the opportunity to purchase quilted items such as pin cushions, aprons, pot holders and more.
The event is the Guild’s only fundraiser for the year. Money raised will be used to support the group’s philanthropic group called Loving Hands which meets monthly to make quilts that will be donated to hospitals, babies in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), sick children and Women and Children’s shelters.
“The funds are also used to bring speakers to our meeting to further educate the members on different aspects of quilting,” said Nalley. “We encourage anyone who is interested in quilting to attend our meetings. They are open to the public with a $5 per meeting fee.”
Winners of the silent auction will be announced on the final day of the show. For those searching for a must-have item, a “buy it now price” option is also available.
“Quilts have come a long way from squares and triangles sewn together to being works of art,” said Nalley, adding that this year there will be lots of new techniques applied on the quilts, such as paints on the fabric, with a lot of detail in the designs and stitching.
Show admission is $9 daily, but for those wanting to attend more than one day a multi-day ticket can be purchased for $15.