Throughout history people have enjoyed quilts for many different reasons. Quilts can provide clues to the past, warmth, beauty and value. Often quilts can provide a glimpse of ones heritage. Quilting can provide enjoyment from working with color, texture, and pattern.
Quilting can be traced back to ancient Egypt and China where three layers of fabrics (top, batting for warmth, and backing) were stitched together to keep the middle layer from slipping and clumping. Later in the Eleventh Century, quilting was used to hold together the layers of padding under armor. From then on quilting was a common form of needle work. In the Eighteenth Century, it was stylish for English women to wear quilted petticoats and underskirts and for men to wear quilted waistcoats. Quilted bedding was also popular. Quilts were first brought to the American Colonies during this century.
Quilting in American became popular in the Nineteenth Century when distinctly American patchwork and applique designs were created. These quilts were produced for utility and pleasure and are the inspiration for today's quilters. They are also an important part of American Folk Art.
Our quilt show will be a feast for your eyes. You will view quilts of all different sizes, styles, techniques, colors and designs. New this year is a Children’s Technique for those 16 years of age and younger.
Anyone is welcome to bring your quilt for display at the quilt show. We have a variety of quilting techniques and categories so please bring your quilts to the show to share.
Attendees of the Quilters Showcase will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite quilt in each category via a "Viewers Choice Ballot". There will be 1st and 2nd place ribbons awarded for each "Viewers Choice" technique. The Judges Award for Best of Show will receive a $100.00 cash prize and The Stitching Well Choice Award will receive a $100.00 Gift Certificate.
To enter your quilts into the Quilt Show please complete the Quilt Show Registration Form and bring your quilt to The Stitching Well, 78 State Park Drive, Bay City, MI between August 21 and September 9, 2017.
Each quilt must be folded up and in a pillow case. The pillow case must have a label firmly attached that includes your name, phone number and email address on the outside of the pillowcase. A completed Quilt Show Registration Form must be enclosed.
The techniques and categories of the quilt show are:
- Crazy Quilt
- Fiber Arts, Mixed Techniques
- Paper Pieced
- Children(Under 16)
- Other (Accessoris, Pillow, Runner, etc.)
After the show quilts must be picked up at The Stitching Well beginning at 11:00 am on Tuesday, September 26, 2017.