Find quilted treasures at Festival of Quilts this weekend, Oct. 12-13

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Jordan Gerard

By Jordan Gerard

Spring Grove Herald

The Fest Building will be filled with patterned quilts of all trends, sizes and patterns at the ninth annual Festival of Quilts on Oct. 12-13.

With more than 150 items and close to 200 items, there is sure to be something that sparks interest in everyone.

Organizer Mary Deters said a lot of the items are small in size, but oftentimes, that is what people are looking to purchase. There’s also a variety of large sizes, such as king, queen, full and twin sizes.

It’s two days full of quilts, vendors, demonstrations and more.

“Everything is for sale. It’s fun to come and admire the quilts,” she said. “You can come for ideas and just the fun of seeing a lot of quilts in one place.”

If you would like to purchase a quilt, contact a staff member at the event.

This year’s speaker is Chris Lynn Kirsch, a quilter from southeast Wisconsin. She began quilting in 1987 after taking her first quilting class. Originally a dentist, she switched her tools to sewing and has been addicted to the art ever since.

Kirsch sewed quilts by hand and machine. She took inspiration from antique quilts and eventually began creating her own patterns and designs.

Her award-winning quilts have been displayed all over the U.S. and in New Zealand. She also teaches quilting for guilds, shops and shows in the U.S. and at Wisconsin’s Waukesha County Technical College.

Kirsch also hosts quilt cruises where participants cruise destinations like Quebec and Hawaii while visiting quilt shops, shows, guilds and popular tourist destinations. They also quilt while on board the ship.

Kirsch will be speaking at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13. She will be showing some of her quilts in a trunk show.

On the local side of things, Gerald and Pat Oakes will display their barn board quilts throughout the weekend as a vendor.

Jean Murray will have art quilts, which are small wall hangers. The detail shows in the way she stitches the pattern.

Amish ladies will have lunch and baked goods prepared on Saturday only. 

Vendors will have quilt boutique items for sale and demonstrations on site. This year, they include Red Roxy Quilt Co. of Decorah, Iowa; Quilters Garden of Cresco, Iowa; Forest Mills of Postville, Iowa; and hand dyed wools by Becky Moldenhauer of La Crescent.

Festival of Quilts is open to the public by a donation for admission. The show is open noon to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 12 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13.

The show was started nine years ago from a grant written through the Spring Grove Public Library. Profits from the event benefit the library.