Let the Games Begin!

Well, it sounds more fun than “Let’s Get to Work!” It IS a lot of work putting on a quality quilt show, but we do have fun in spite of that. Many parts make the whole event and most of those go together like well oiled gears. Members have streamlined the processes and tweaked this and that to make it even smoother for the next year. This year will be tougher than most. We did not have our faire last year, so our newer members need training, and we lost quite a few members in 2020 & 2021. Some moved away from the mountains, and we lost some in death. The most challenging part will be keeping up with the shifting rules and current mandates that COVID causes.

This year our Quilt Faire ‘Queen’ is Dana Osterlund. This means that she is in charge of everything involving the Quilt Faire. Quilt Faire committees (35 of them), report to her on their status.

Entered quilts and exhibits are analyzed, arranged and rearranged. All applications are sorted (by size, color and theme) during a Planning meeting. The final show layout is decided at this meeting and the results are distributed to the frame builders and the check-in and return crews.

Now, all the behind the scenes work gets serious. We have only 18 days or so to prepare for our invasion of Ironstone Vineyards and what we call “Quilt Faire Week”

See you there!

Almost Ready
Framework
Growing Trees

Ironstone Vineyards

Friday October 29 through Sunday October 31

Gearing Up …

For the big show -> October 11-13!

Don’t be surprised if a quilter asks you to support a scholarship program by buying a raffle ticket. The quilt we are raffling off this year is designed by Lynn Wilder and worked on by Guild members, under Lynn’s expert tutelage of course!

Our energetic member, Dana, has been selling tickets for the quilt, and the American Girl Doll. We also raffle off the Doll, including a wardrobe of Haute Couture fashions.  No Kidding!

♥  TTFN  ♥

P.S. Last day to submit an application is Monday, September 9th

Another Quilt Faire Survived

Whew!

Today is Day 3 of the aftermath and I am still tired! Talking with other members this week I found that I am not alone in my slow recovery. The show takes a lot of effort and teamwork is the key.  When the team is short-handed it means more work for who’s left. The 49ers are experiencing the same thing this season…

A few random photos, of setup, the quilt room, and taking down of show items.  Sort of a “Teaser” for next year’s fun.

 

 

Stay Tuned Next Week for the Viewer’s Choice Awards!

It’s Quilt Faire Eve!

‘Twas the Night Before Quilt Faire,
and all through the place,
not an entry was stirring,
Not even a vase.

The quilts, they were hung,
on the frames, with great care,
in the hope that admirers
soon would be there.

The quilters were nestled all snug in their beds.
But no visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads,
They were so tuckered out,
They slept like the dead.

One heck of a week,
working hard, getting ready.
Things going so wrong,
and chaos aplenty!

It happens each year,
to our planners dismay,
but it always works out,
by opening day.

See for yourself tomorrow (or this weekend),
Vote on your favorites and do us a favor
We love sewing and quilting,
but what’s even better?

Sharing our handiwork,
and telling their stories.
So exciting to see them
displayed in their glory!

Quilt Faire Hours:
Fri., Oct 19th       9:00am – 4:00pm
Sat., Oct 20th      9:00am – 4:00pm
Sun., Oct 21st    10:00am – 4:00pm

Located at the beautiful Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys

The Night Before Quilt Faire…

‘Twas the Night Before Quilt Faire,
and all through the place,
not an item was stirring,
Not even a vase.

The quilts, they were hung,
on the frames with great care,
in the hope that admirers
soon would be there.

The quilters were nestled all snug in their beds,
But no visions of sugar-plums,
they slept like the dead.

One heck of a week,
working hard to get ready.
A lot of things going wrong,
and chaos aplenty!

This happens each year,
to the planners dismay,
but it always works out
by opening day.

See for yourself tomorrow (or later),
and vote on your favorites, to do us a favor.
We love quilting and creating,
but what’s even better?

Sharing our quilts, and telling their stories,
so exciting to see them in all of their glory!

A sneak preview Shhh!
[A sneak preview    Shhh!]
Quilt Faire Hours:
Fri., Oct 9th        9:00am-4:00pm
Sat., Oct 10th      9:00am-4:00pm
Sun., Oct 11th     10:00am-4:00pm

Located at Ironstone Vineyards, Murphys