Quilt Show Offers ‘Eye Candy’

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The 13th Annual Chewelah Quilt Show & Tea Room is almost here! This amazing show presents a large number and styles of quilts made by many local artisans and also offering so much more will be put on display Memorial Day weekend, Saturday May 26 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday May 27 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Chewelah’s Jenkins High School, 702 East Lincoln in Chewelah. Admission is $3.

On Saturday only, the popular Tea Room will be serving, along with reviving tea, tasty treats made by some of the best of the areas local bakers. The tea and desserts are served in lovely cups and saucers by welcoming and gracious hostesses. The Tea Room is $5.

You will see many variations on this year’s theme which is “Eye Candy.” One of the special features at the show is the Challenge Quilts. A packet of two fat quarter theme fabrics are made available a year prior to the show. Both theme fabrics must be used on the front of the project. There are no specifications on size or design, it is all left to the creativity of the artist. The 2013 theme is “Timeless.” Those packets will be available for purchase at this year’s show and during the remainder of the year at Akers United Drug.

A special treat this year will be harpist, Donna Jo Smith, playing on Saturday in the Tea Room and Sunday at the Quilt Show. She was born and raised along the beautiful Columbia River in northeast Washington and her creative sensitivity flows through her harp to make music which has definitely been influenced by the gentle flow of the powerful river. Her formal musical training was limited to 1-1/2 years of piano lessons. She found her first harp, a lifelong dream, about ten years ago and taught herself to play the ancient instrument. She loves to reach out to others at weddings and special events. Donna Jo’s CDs will be available for purchase at the show.

Also on Saturday in the Tea Room will be Chewelah Arts Guild Featured Artist, Gail Johannes. Gail has made Chewelah her home for the last several years and has been active in the Chewelah Arts Guild since she arrived. Photography and watercolor are two of Gail’s favorite tools for personal expression. She enthusiastically supports the arts and encourages everyone to become involved. Gail is Vice President of the Chewelah Arts Guild.

There will be several opportunities to win an outstanding quilt. Quilt raffles will be sponsored by Cabin Fever Quilt Guild, Piece-Makers Quilt Guild and the Royal Family Kids Camp. The Cabin Fever Quilt is a year-long fund raiser project that will be unveiled at the show. The Royal Family Kids Camp is working to make camping memories a reality for foster children in Stevens County and their beautiful quilt is being raffle off to support this great cause

Vendors from outside the area showing their wares will be: Relatively Creative Patterns; a mother/daughter team, Simple County Retreats from Reardan, Quiltmania from Richland, and KitNKaboodle Quilts from the Spokane Valley. Shop until you drop.

Be sure to give extra time to visit with Featured Quilter, Phyllis Fitzgerald, from Valley, as she displays and shares stories about the many quilts and projects she has made during her twenty years as a quilter and lifetime as a seamstress. Spinning yarn is another of her talents, you may have seen her at local fairs and farmers markets.

Do not forget the on-going Chewelah Quilt Walk which is displayed in local business and organizations all over Chewelah through May 30. Over 32 unique quilts along with their stories are being presented

Working so hard to make this event happen is the Chewelah Arts Guild Quilt Show Committee: Diane Evans (co-chair), Jean Homer (co-chair), Debbie Akers, Lorraine Haynes Terry Husby, Richy Lainson, Kim Lainson, Darlene Preston, Michelle Stumpf and Susan Chamberlin along with many volunteers.

Mark your calendar and do not miss this exceptional 13th Annual Quilt Show and Tea Room on Memorial Day weekend. Visit www.chewelahquiltshow.com for more infromation. 

In this Photo: Harpist Donna Jo Smith will play May 26 in the Tea Room and May 27 at the Quilt Show.