Tri-City Quilters Guild Invites Community to “Take Flight”
Quilt show chair Dee Leigey was thinking of her imagination soaring over the universe of possibilities in piecing and quilting when she chose the title for the 2023 quilt show. It will fill the Three Rivers Convention Center (7016 W Grandridge Blvd, Kennewick, WA) on Friday March 24 from 10 to 6 and Saturday March 25 from 10 to 5. Admission -- $10 – is good for both days.
The main ballroom will be filled with quilts by Guild members and friends. The theme will be illustrated literally by birds, bees, balloons and more figuratively by creations that lift emotions. The Guild challenge quilts will showcase notions of illusion, transparence, and movement.
Pride of place in the hall will go to the featured artists. Guest Susan Smith, a longarm artist from Spokane, was invited to exhibit quilts she finished with free-motion stitching on Lucy, her beloved machine. Guild members elected to honor Louise Peterson for her courage and skill: she consistently chooses complicated and difficult projects that always turn out beautifully.
Merchant booths will line the lobby and fill the smaller meeting rooms. The Guild’s “Round Tuit Room” will feature bargain fabric, patterns, pot holders, books, and miscellaneous supplies; the hope is that, if members did not get “around to it,” their guests will. This year the Guild will also open a “Guild Market” booth to sell new and gently used quilts made by members.
The lucky winner of the raffle quilt, Sew Many Strips, will be drawn at 4:30 on the second day of the show.
TCQG’s quilt show tradition stretches back to 1983, the year following its incorporation. The annual exhibition fulfills both halves of the Guild’s mission – to educate and to serve the community; those who attend can observe the evolution of this traditional folk art and learn about the Guild’s donations to local human services agencies.
Currently, the Guild lists 250 members. It hosts regular meetings on the third Mondays of every month at Hillspring Church, 1153 Gage Blvd, Richland; morning meeting begins at 10, evening session begins at 6:30.