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National Quilters' Day Out

Area quilters gear up for
annual ‘Quilters’ Day Out’ events

Oldham County area quilters guild
is part of Louisville show

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 2013) – More than 70 members comprise the Oldham County Log Cabin Quilters. One day each year, quilt guilds such as this one gather for a national quilting event that each and every member looks forward to 364 days out of the year.

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Hundreds of quilters will celebrate Quilters Day Out, including many from Oldham County.

Sandy Lundberg, a member of the Oldham County Log Cabin Quilters since 2002, said her group is “a great group.” Every year they participate in Quilters’ Day Out, an annual celebration of National Quilting Day, designated as the third Saturday in March.
The purpose of the event is to showcase the different guilds activities, share skills and display their works. “Many guilds meet for this event,” said Lundberg. One of the best aspects is being able to “meet people from other groups and see old friends.”
The 2013 Louisville area Quilters’ Day Out will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Fern Valley Hotel & Conference Center, located at 2715 Fern Valley Rd. Admission is $5 and “we request each attendee to bring a donated item for a food bank,” said organizer Marilou Jacob.
Each year, proceeds benefit a local charity. This year Shepherd’s Shelter in Bullitt County, Ky., will be the recipient.
Jacob said 25 quilting guilds are expected to participate, covering a seven-county area in Kentucky. On display will be exhibits of activities the guilds have worked on over the past year, demonstrations of quilting skills, 27 vendors and door prizes such as a basket containing $100 to $250 worth of quilting supplies.
“In addition, guilds can welcome new, interested members,” Jacob said. An estimated 800 people or more are expected to attend.
Quilters’ Day Out “is a gathering of the guilds in celebration of National Quilters’ Day,” Jacob said. “The idea of a Quilters’ Day Out was conceived through an organization called the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society.” The society covers the entire state and is split into districts.
“We are District 6. Each district puts on its own Quilters’ Day Out,” said Jacob, who is president of the Louisville Nimble Thimbles quilting guild. This guild is made up of 96 members and Jacob said the reason she joined was because “it is one of the most active.”
The Quilters’ Day Out event has “grown from four to five guilds into a major event over the years,” Jacob said. There will be a Challenge Quilt Competition with the theme, Let Freedom Ring. Quilters can “make a quilt, any size that interprets that theme.” There are three categories: small, wall-hanging and bed size. Judging will be done by Viewers Choice and $100 will be awarded to first place in each category.
Many of the quilting guilds that participate also participate in charity fundraising events throughout the year. The Oldham County Log Cabin Quilters have donated to the Blessings in a Backpack program and raised money for the Kentucky School for the Blind by hosting an event that featured blind quilter Elizabeth Burns, who lives in Indiana.
Kentucky is not the only state to hold Quilters’ Day Out events. On March 23 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Annual Southern Indiana Quilters’ Day Out event will be held at the Tri-County Shrine Club, 701 Potters Lane in Clarksville, Ind.
This will be the sixth year for this event, said quilter Carol Fridley. Fridley is a member of the Sew ‘n Tell Quilt Guild, which puts on the event. This quilting guild began in April 2005 with seven members and presently has 87 members, she said.
After her friend opened a quilt shop in New Albany, Fridley visited the shop and her friend remarked that she would like to start a quilting guild. Fridley’s comment was, “Count me in,” and she’s been a member ever since.
The Annual Southern Indiana Quilters’ Day Out event will feature quilt displays, demonstrations every half hour, door prizes throughout the day, a book sale table, scissor sharpening, vendors and antique sewing machines that attendees can actually use. “Last year was the first year for the antique sewing machines. It was a big hit,” said Fridley.
A special presentation will be given by Indiana resident Donna Schultz on Underground Railroad quilts and their uses. These quilts were hung out and used as signs to help slaves find their way along the Underground Railroad.
A $5 donation to this Quilters’ Day Out event goes toward buying fabric to make quilts for Veterans and for charitable projects. “We made 100 quilts last year for the tornado victims at Henryville,” Fridley said.

• For more information on the Louisville area Quilters’ Day Out, contact Marilou Jacob at (502) 291-5731 or visit: www.QuiltersDayOut.com. For more information on the Annual Southern Indiana Quilters’ Day Out, contact Carol Fridley at (812) 945-9507.

 

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