“We Quilt Our Town” to feature Quilt Show, Auction, and Author Chiaverini
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The Decatur Quilters Guild will hold their 41st Quilt Fest titled “We Quilt our Town” Friday and Saturday, April 14 and 15, 2023, at the Decatur Civic Center, downtown Decatur. As a unique feature, author Jennifer Chiaverini will be a guest speaker. Chiaverini is the author of The Elm Creek Quilt series and many historical fiction books such as Switchboard Soldiers, The Women’s March, and Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker. Thank you to our Library Sponsors, including the following public libraries: Warrensburg, Mt. Zion, Macon, Genealogy Society, and Maroa. Admission to the Quilt Show is required to attend her presentation.
The Quilt Fest will have fabric and quilting-related vendors offering specials and demonstrations. There will be a sew-along project, “Quilts for the Veteran,” for attendees to sit and sew a block. The Guild gift boutique will be open, as well as door prizes throughout the two-day event and a Silent Auction offering quilts and quality hand-sewn projects with proceeds going to Project Read, a local organization focusing on literacy. Quilt appraisals by Lynn Contri will be available by appointment throughout the event.
“We Quilt our Town” is a judged show open to all quilters. There is a particular category for kids’ quilts, with prizes for the best quilt. To submit a quilt for the judged show, find the registration forms on our web page, www.decaturquiltersguild.com.
The Quilt Auction will be on Saturday afternoon and will be conducted by auctioneer Andy Black. This event will be held in the arena during the Quilt Fest, so all may attend with admission to the Quilt Fest. The quilts and items will be available for review and inspection on Friday and Saturday until the auction. Anyone can submit a quilt for the auction, and a reserve purchase price may be set. Items may be quilts, unfinished quilt tops, or quilted or embroidered projects. Quilters will receive 70% of the proceeds. Registration forms can be found at the Guild’s website: www.decaturquiltersguild.com
The Raffle Quilt for 2023 is called “Our Town .”Tickets are available from any member at $1 each or 6 for $5 and will be available at the event.
The Quilt Fest will be open Friday, April 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, April 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission will be $8.00. Jennifer Chiaverini’s presentation will be at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, followed by a book signing. The Quilt Auction will be at 2 p.m. on Saturday.