Scraps to masterpieces: Quilt show returns to Greene County Fairgrounds

April 30, 2014

XENIA — Every two years, the Miami Valley Quilters Guild displays their masterpieces at the Greene County Fairgrounds, and this year’s show will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3. Admission is $5.

More than 200 guild members will exhibit their 250 quilts in the Assembly Building. Each displayed quilt will feature the story behind the quilt and viewers are offered the opportunity to vote on their favorite in each category, and the “Viewers’ Choice” winners from the 2012 show will be displayed.

Other exhibits include the Quilts of Valor, in which many members contributed patriotic blocks to be incorporated into quilts for returning veterans, and the Dayton Landmarks Quilt Exhibit, a unique depiction of actual Dayton landmarks recreated in fabric. Come and see which landmark you can identify and remember from days of old.

“We quilters are truly fortunate to live in an area where there are so many quilt stores and guilds ready to help us unleash our creativity,” said member Carolyn Uecker. “Viewers will be amazed at the variety of time, talent and treasure exhibited by our members. If you are new to quilting, you’ll find lots of people willing to help you, but be careful, quilting is addictive.”

The Quilt Show will also feature a boutique where visitors can purchase a variety of quilted items such as small wall hangings, wearable art, or home decor items, and for quilters, grab a bag of quilt fabric for $5.

In addition, guild members will be demonstrating different types of quilting techniques. One lucky person will win the raffle, a queen-size pinwheel and applique quilt pieced and quilted by several guild members. The show will feature new and returning vendors from several nearby states, and food is available on-site.

The Miami Valley Quilters Guild meets at 7 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Fairborn Senior Center, 325 N. 3rd St. in Fairborn. The goal as a guild is to reach out in friendship to others who have a commonality—quilting. Quilters of all different levels from beginners to national award winners share their ideas, expertise, and friendship.

Committed to giving back to the community, they have donated more than 200 quilts for shelters around the Dayton and Fairborn areas, Christmas stockings for a women’s shelter, and 22 quilts of valor for returning veterans in the local area. They are currently making cinch sacks for hospitalized children and adults for their personal belongings.

Participating in the Extreme Makeover in Beavercreek, the guild donated seven quilts to the family. Forty-three of their members gathered over five days to cut, iron, piece, quilt, bind and finish these quilts, and they couldn’t have done it without fabric and batting donated by local quilt shops.

For more information about this group, visit their website at www.miamivalleyquiltersguild.org.