Harvest of Quilts: Past, Present & Future

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Members of the Brandon Piecemakers Quilt Guild have been sewing all year and will showcase their work at the 2015 Harvest of Quilts: Past, Present & Future show. It will be open to the public for viewing from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 6 and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 7 at The Regent, 6437 Watson Road.

The show, which is presented to promote the art of quilt making, will feature at least 140 quilts.

“A significantly higher number than any of our previous shows,” said Debbie Williams, guild president. “We think all visitors, young and old alike, will enjoy this event. And nonquilters will be so inspired that they will want to learn more.”

The quilts represent 15 categories, including pieced, applique, mixed and other techniques in a variety of sizes from miniature to large. This is the first year a modern category is being introduced.

Judges will evaluate the quilts for appearance, construction techniques, color, design and quilting stitch and will award ribbons for best of show, best hand-quilting, best long-arm quilting, best home-machine quilting, judge’s choice and viewer’s choice.

The guild sponsors a quilt show every two or three years and donates proceeds to local and national charities. This year, the show will benefit The Porch Light, theporchlight.org, an organization that provides a safe home to help child victims of domestic sex trafficking.

Some quilts will be for sale, and other homemade items will be sold at the show’s Fab Finds Gift Shop. More than 40 small quilts will be included in a silent auction. There will be drawings for gift baskets and a Janome 6600 sewing machine donated by Keep Me in Stitches.

Fourteen quilting-related vendors will display products and demonstrate techniques at the show: Keep Me in Stitches, Heritage Quilt Shop, Eurosteam, Wild Violet Quilt Studio, Bernina Sewing Centre, Pat’s Sacks, Material Girlz of Florida, Martelli, Gigi’s Fabric Shop, Sweet Darling Quilts, Quilts on Plum Lane, Clermont Sewing and Quilting, Happy Apple Quilts and Florida Quilting Center.

There will be judged and nonjudged quilts and exhibition quilts and nonexhibition handmade quilts for sale. The Fab Finds Gift Shop will sell used books, magazines and patterns, and handmade bibs, table runners, pin cushions, quilted bags, crayon holders, quilted table-top organizers, microwave bowls, thread catchers, needle cases, coin purses, aprons, casserole carriers, pot holders, Christmas ornaments, wine carriers, coasters and tote bags.

Layer cakes and jelly rolls — not food, but color-coordinated fabric squares and strips — also will be available for purchase.

“Quilters come by car, carpool and bus to attend,” said Nan Ryan, publicity chairwoman. “All are welcome to look and learn.”

Admission is $7 per person. With advance reservations, the fee is $5 per person in groups of 15 or more. Contact Ryan at rnryan@verizon.net.

More information about the Piecemakers Quilt Guild is available at brandonquiltguild.com. The guild includes award-winning members and novices. Meetings are at 6:45 p.m. (doors open at 6) the second Monday each month at First United Methodist Church, 120 Knights Ave. N., Brandon.

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