“QUILTING: OUR ROOTS & OUR WINGS”
On Friday and Saturday, February 21st & 22nd, over 634 people attended the Chautauqua Quilters Guild’s second biennial quilt show. The theme of this show was “Our Roots & Our Wings.” The show was presented in honor of Cecil & Elisabeth Turner, long time members of Chautauqua Quilters Guild.
Over 160 quilts were displayed in the DeFuniakSpringsCommunity Center. The display included 63 quilts from guest presenters, members of the Holmes Valley Quilt Guild of Bonifay, FL.
All quilts represented many days, months, and for some, even years of work. It would be difficult to place a value on these “one-of-a-kind” items.
The vintage quilt display on the stage area was presented in memory of Virginia Clark. She started the guild in the late 1970’s when she was the Extension Home Economics agent for WaltonCounty. Some of her quilts and some quilts made by her mother and grandmother were included in this display as well as antique quilts of other guild members.
This show represented many skilled quilters who were worthy of having their work displayed in such a venue which allowed many to benefit from viewing their beauty and uniqueness. All attending were rewarded, and many were inspired by having experienced such unique art displayed in such a fitting setting.
Seven commercial vendors were present coming from as far away as Ocoee, Florida. They stayed busy most of the time with excited customers. The two guilds were busy selling their hand-made items as well as used books, magazines, and patterns. Free classes and demonstrations were held on various sewing, quilting, and cutting techniques.
Many local residents came to view the displays along with others from cities such as Mobile, Pensacola, Blountstown and more. Many others were “snowbirds” from Kentucky, Virginia, Minnesota, and even Canada.
Attendees were asked to vote for their favorites in the categories of large, medium, and small quilts for each guild.
Chautauqua Quilters Guild Viewers’ Choice Awards went to the following:
Large quilts- First place: Elizabeth Owens; Second place: Carolyn Densmore; Third place: Alice Calahan.
Medium quilts- First place: De Hecker; Second place: Bette Haddon; Third place: Elizabeth Owens.
Small quilts- First, Second, & Third places: Elizabeth Owens.
Holmes Valley Quilters Viewers’ Choice Awards went to the following:
Large quilts- First place: Linda Little; Second place: Carolyn Jordan; Third place: Donna Rhodes.
Medium quilts- First place: Donna Rhodes; Second place: Linda Little; Third place: Donna Rhodes.
Small quilts- First place: Sue Cullifer; Second place: Donna Rhodes; Third place: Stephen Rowe.
Winner of the Opportunity Quilt entitled “Around Town” was won by Deb Broxson of Milton, Florida. Funds earned from this project will go to Chautauqua Quilters Guild’s upcoming community projects including organizing and teaching sewing classes for youth through the 4-H program and Quilts of Valor, quilts made for wounded veterans and/or their family.
Many wonderful comments were heard as attendees exited the show. Some of the written comments left behind by visitors included the following:
“Great show! Please do it again.”
“What a lovely job. Congratulations!”
“It’s a beautiful display! Beautiful quilts…Thank you!”
Those interested in upcoming quilting classes being offered March 17-20th for youth should call the Walton County Extension office (UF/IFAS) at 892-8172. Regular guild meetings are held the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 9:00 a.m. at the UF/IFAS Extension office in DeFuniak Springs. Men and women interested in joining the Chautauqua Quilters Guild can call Lesa at 850-585-2796. If you are interested in a possible NIGHT guild meeting once a month, please call 850-585-2796, also.
2014 QUILT SHOW VENDORS :
MARGIE’S SEW MUCH FUN of Crestview, FL
MARTELLI ENTERPRISES of Pensacola, FL
M-SQUARED CREATIONS of Panama City, FL
QUILT CUT FANATIC of Ocoee, FL
THE QUILTING STATION of Pace, FL
QUILTED CREATION of Headland, AL
REDFERN ENTERPRIZES of Las Vegas, Nevada
THE OPPORTUNITY QUILT:
“AROUND TOWN” (96” x 96”)
Winner of the Opportunity Quilt entitled “Around Town” was won by Deb Broxson of Milton, Florida.
This quilt was sewn by members of
Chautauqua Quilters Guild, Inc.,
DeFuniak Springs, Florida
Pattern designed by Dawna Baker and featured in QUILTMAKER magazine, March/April 2012
More than 40 different fabrics were combined to make classic quilt blocks with well-known names: “9-Patch”, “Flying Geese”, and “Shoo-Fly”. The final step included over 239,000 stitches of custom quilting to create a breathtaking whole cloth quilt on the back.
This venture had two goals. First, we wanted to involve as many quilters as possible. Twelve members participated. Second, we hoped to create a quilt which would spur donations. All proceeds from ticket donations are used for educational and charitable work, such as making quilts for wounded soldiers, sewing items for children in need, and teaching sewing/quilting classes for children and adults.
Completed in April 2013, “AROUND TOWN” features traditional quilt blocks gathered around a center square. In the same way, DeFuniak Springs is known for its original downtown district with historic buildings, traditional churches, and restored homes gathered around our signature lake. This quilt reminds us of the place where Chautauqua Quilters have chosen to sink our roots and find our wings in creative and charitable good works.