Viewers, quilters, bargain-seekers and quilt collectors are sure to flock to the 30th Annual Indian Summer Quilt Show and Conference, sponsored by the Quilters' Guild of N.D., scheduled for September 25, 26 and 27 at the Holiday Inn, Fargo. The three day event features over 35 classes and lectures, an exhibit of over 180 quilts, daily demonstrations, a packed vendor area featuring quilt shops and related businesses from across North Dakota and Minnesota, the QGND Bodacious Bazaar featuring handcrafted items, unfinished projects, ornaments, fabrics, and a small quilt silent auction.
Former Quilt Show Chair Mary Ann Waxler said, "The Great Hall at the Holiday Inn is transformed overnight. The room that hosts a wedding dinner and dance Tuesday evening will be turned into aisles of pieced and appliquéd quilts, wall hangings, quilted clothing and accessories. And around the perimeter of the room, vendors pack bolts and boxes of fabrics, trims, beads, buttons, patterns, books and quilting tools into every square inch of space." "Of course," she adds, "They do leave room for shoppers and the cash register!"
Mothers can keep younger viewers entertained looking for various shapes, animals and motifs in a Quilt Scavenger Hunt created for this event. School groups, bus tours and organizations are encouraged to plan field trips and gatherings to view and discuss the quilts as a group.
It's not too late to take a quilt class during the three day event. According to Guild President, Martha Oliver, "We encourage every interested person to join us to experience quilting. Registration is open and we have beginning, intermediate and advanced level classes in almost every technique. If you don't want to do handwork, machine classes are available. If you don't want to bring your machine, you can take a design class or an appliqué class or a hand-workmanship class." Class descriptions and registration materials are available at area quilt shops or online. While some classes are filled, registration remains open for those that have space available. For updated class listings check at www.ndquilts.com.
In addition to taking classes, viewing quilts, and shopping the vendor area, attendees have the opportunity to see demonstrations of various tools and techniques, and may also bid on small quilts, which are donated to the guild and sold in a silent auction that runs Friday - Sunday at 2 p.m. Proceeds from the Small Quilt Silent Auction are designated to support various education projects.
Admission is $4 per person; children under the age of 12 are admitted free of charge. Show hours are 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday; 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday.