If you love quilts and you’re looking for something to do this weekend, go check out the Thornapple River Ripper Quilting Guild Show at the Barry Expo Center, 1350 N. M-37, Hastings, Michigan. The show features about 200 quilts ranging from modern to traditional designs, vendor booths and quilting demos.
The entry fee is $5 and show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today (Saturday, March 12) and noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow (Sunday, March 13).
I recently got a chance to meet some of the guild members and they’re a lot of fun. You can read the column I wrote to preview the show for The Grand Rapids Press here.
Little Amelia assisted me in my role as one of the guest judges for the quilt show. It’s always difficult to pick just one favorite, but we ended up settling on the lovely quilt at the top of this post.
The top was pieced in the 1930’s by “Great Grandmother Bessie and Grandma Belle” and then quilted by Wilma Miller. I’m a total sucker for a quilt with a history, so this one got my attention. I love the bright fabrics that were used and the way the simple squares create such an interesting pattern.
I absolutely LOVE Grandmother’s Garden hexagon quilts, so I almost picked this one. But then I remembered that I picked a Grandmother’s Garden quilt at the last show I judged and forced myself to branch out beyond my personal bias in favor of hexagon quilts. Plus, Amelia and I reached a consensus on the first one.
The vibrant quilt below caught our attention, too, as did many others.
If you go to the show and have a loved one in the military, be sure to get ask for a Blue Star Banner.
The banners were first displayed in windows during World War I to indicate that a family member was serving in the war. The quilt guild is making and distributing banners as a community service project.
Kudos to the guild members for hosting an enjoyable first show. Amelia and I had fun checking out the quilts and recommend that West Michigan quilt enthusiasts go have a look.
And if you go, be sure to stop by the Sister’s Fabrics vendor booth if you’re looking to snag a copy of CraftSanity Magazine Issue 2. I’m thrilled that Sister’s is stocking the magazine at the quilt show and at their shop located at 218 E State St., Hastings.