Quilt guild show is Friday and Saturday

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Quilt guild show is Friday and Saturday
Members of the Salisbury Rowan Quilters’ Guild are collecting quilts in preparation for their first combined quilt show “Sunny Days and Starry Nights” on Friday, May 18 and Saturday, May 19.
Everyone is invited to celebrate the merger of Salisbury’s two quilt guilds at the First Baptist Ministry Center, 223 N. Fulton St., for the biannual quilt show.
Show hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.
More than 150 professionally judged quilts will be on exhibit along with cuddle quilts, VA quilts, and 41 small art quilts that will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative.
Lorraine Covington, certified National Quilting Association judge, will judge the show. There will also be fresh North Carolina shortcake in the Tea Room.
Admission is $5 and children under 12 are admitted free.
Quilters in Salisbury and nearby communities have been gathering for more than 20 years as the Salisbury Rowan Quilters’ Guild to share their love of quilting. Meeting monthly for educational programs and workshops with noted quilt artists Linda Cantrell and George Siciliano are some of the activities enjoyed by this group of women. They have also done numerous service projects for the community. For many years, 80-100 cuddle quilts have been presented to the children at the Family Crisis Center. Basic toiletry kits have also been presented to the women at the shelter and food has been donated to Rowan Helping Ministries.
Approximately 12 years ago a second quilt guild began meeting in the evening and the Starry Night Quilt Guild was born. Many quilters work during the day but still wanted to gather to share their love of all things quilted. Monthly programs have included trunk shows by quilt artists like Bonnie Hunter from Quiltville.com and Vickie Clontz from Annie’s Keepsakes. Service projects have included making hundreds of pillow cases for Victory Junction and the children’s wards at the local hospitals. The current service project is making quilts for patients at the VA Hospital in Salisbury. Thirty-two quilts were presented in November 2011 and this year’s goal is to complete 35 quilts to present this November. Many of the already completed quilts are on exhibit at this week’s show. Another service project the Starry Night guild has supported is the Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative. All proceeds from the online auction or direct sale from their website, www.alzquilts.org, go to support Alzheimer’s research.