October 24, 2014

Quilt show returns to arts center this weekend

Tim Barnum
Quilts are hung throughout the art center.
Tim Barnum
Quilts are hung throughout the art center.
Tim Barnum
Quilts are hung throughout the art center.
Tim Barnum
Quilts are hung throughout the art center.
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STANDISH — Nearly 100 quilts are draped throughout the Northeast Art Center in Standish, displaying the hard work and careful sewing of many people throughout the region.

The public can view the different quilts and styles during the center’s 24th annual quilt show Jan. 25-26.

Gail Schmidt, director of the art center, said there a variety of quilt styles and items made out of quilt squares.

“In total we have about 94 items,” she said. “We have quilted wall hangings, miniatures. We have table runners, placemats. We even have a quilted tote bag.”

The people who entered their quilts in the show come from all over, Schmidt said. Quilters are participating from Arenac, Iosco, Ogemaw, Bay, Saginaw, Gladwin and Midland counties, she said. Quilters love the challenge of cutting out the squares of fabric and sewing them into a large work of art, Schmidt said. Some people spend years on one quilt, she said.

“I have one lady who took three years to finish her quilt,” she said. “It’s very intricate. She made other quilts, too. All of them have a tremendous amount of time invested, and money. Fabric is very expensive.”

According to Schmidt, the quilt show has evolved in the 24 years it has been held in Standish.

“It started out just purely as an exhibit, and then some of the quilters said it would be nice if we could have some judges come in and judge our exhibits in different divisions,” she said. “We have five judges come in, and they’re all experienced quilters.”

Judges will award ribbons for different categories, and patrons who visit the quilt show will be able to vote for best in show, Schmidt said.

The show will also demonstrate how quilts have changed over time, Schmidt said.

“They were utilitarian quilts,” she said. “In fact, we have a few of those in the show, and you can see the different patterns in the quilts we have today. Today, they’re more decorative than utilitarian. A lot of people like to make them for graduation, or birthday or anniversary gifts. They’re very, very intricate designs today.”

Admission to the quilt show is $4 per person. For more information, contact the Northeast Art Center at 989-846-9331.

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