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A Peek (behind the scenes)

As promised…

All these pictures were taken on Monday the 17th.

The first batch, taken between 9 and 10 am, show the “naked” Boutique and the Exhibit rooms. Then the work in progress, along with worker bees. Finally, the Boutique is ready to unpack, and the showroom has frames and drapes ready and waiting for Wednesday when the quilts are hung.

I just noticed the gallery arrangement switches the images around, so they are not staying in order. I’m sure you can figure it out. We all worked hard, and Tuesday is declared a “day of rest.”


News · Quilt Faire

Behind the Quilt Faire

Many of us have been busy making things ready for our annual Quilt Faire (QF) for months. [Please forgive my use of acronyms, but I tire of typing out ‘Quilt Faire’ so many times.] This week we will be doing physical labor at Ironstone Vineyards, putting everything in place for QF. We have four days to do this before the QF opens on Friday, the 21st. Piece of Cake, right?

Two trucks get loaded up Sunday, one with all the equipment, parts, and tools to build the “sets” needed to display entries. The other truck is loaded with bins and bins full of handmade items to be sold in our Boutique. Trucks and workers will descend upon Ironstone on Monday morning and get to work unloading.

Monday is busy with building frames to hang quilts on, decorating, and displaying in the boutique. There are people ironing the curtains and skirts that hang around the quilts. I will be roaming around taking photos – nothing about exhibits will be posted until after the opening day. Maybe one “sneak peek.”

Tuesday is possibly a day of rest, depending on how many volunteers are working on Monday.

Wednesday is the day entrants check in their items for display, and the quilts and wall hangings are hung. Big fun to see items in person! Once the quilts are hung and “approved,” the pinning of the curtains begins. This is done to hide the pipes that are used for the frames.

Wednesday afternoon, the hostesses are trained and get familiar with the show’s layout. Last-minute futzing is done.

Thursday, our wonderful vendors move in and set up.

Friday, the show opens and continues through Sunday.

We hope to see you there!


Mats, Rulers, and Cutters

Oh My! Yes, Monday the 19th is Comfort Quilt Kit Day. The guild supplies the fabric and the patterns. Members cut fabrics according to the pattern, so whoever checks out the kit can have everything they need to make the quilt top, back, and binding.

Take a peek at past years’ Comfort Quilt Cut days:

Pick the fabrics
Pick a pattern
Now start cutting!

You may have noticed that we have way more room than cutters. Let’s remedy that this year, OK?

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Not the kind you mend with, but a grievous error has caused people to download an old version of our Quilt Faire Application. (Hey, geeks make mistakes too!)

The correct form is now there to download when you click the


Sincere apologies to the quilters who do not procrastinate filling forms in!

Thank you for your patience!

Webmistress Jodi Lea


IHQ Meetings Resume!

Monday is August 22nd, and our summer break is over. Quilters have finished comfort quilts and boutique items to “turn in.” I got a huge bag of fabrics for the free table. I know many others have items too, so it may be a madhouse. I plan to go early and browse the table for missing fabrics from my stash of fabrics.

Our Calendar asks us to bring in items we did over the summer for “Sew & Tell.” Our walls will be well covered with the beautiful items posted on our Facebook page. All of the excitement is not only about free fabric and finished items. Two months is a long time to go without seeing and hugging our friends!

A Reminder to Buy Tickets to Win This Quilt!