“Deep Roots, High Hopes” Quilt Show

“Deep Roots, High Hopes” Quilt Show

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Date(s) - 10/21/2017 - 10/22/2017
All Day

Seward County Ag Pavilion

presented by Blue Valley Quilt Guild

What drew the early settlers to Nebraska? Perhaps more than anything else, it was the HOPE of owning land and making a new life for themselves. Likely they met challenges far beyond what they anticipated.  Just constructing a dwelling and breaking a bit of the virgin prairie required courage, strength and ingenuity. Dugouts, sod housed and log cabins were certainly humble dwellings. Yet, these home represented HIGH HOPES for the pioneers as they established DEEP ROOTS with the land. It is this heritage of deep roots and high hopes that we celebrate with the sesquicentennial of the city of Seward, Seward County and the State of Nebraska this year.

The Blue Valley Quilt Guild will share a variety of quilts with the public for this celebration. In addition to quilts shared by members of the quilt guild, we would encourage Seward County residents to share quilts they have made or antique/vintage quilts they have. We hope to be able to share examples from as many of the last 15 decades as we can. All quilts will need to be pre-registered so that we can include them when we plan the layout. If you have a quilt(s) to share contact Becky Wallroff at 402-440-2200 or john_wallroff@yahoo.com for a registration form.

Hughes Brothers is sponsoring a challenge quilt display. EVERYONE is invited to make a quilt for this display. This will NOT be a competition.   It is a challenge to all to share their artistic interpretation of the theme and rules. Think how fun it will be to have a whole wall filled with these small quilted treasures at the show. If you know someone who lived in Seward or has ties to Seward that might be interested, please share the information with them. To meet the challenge, the quilt must be portrait orientated and measure 20” X 25” (+/- 1” leeway both directions); it must contain at least ONE log cabin block (any variation of that block and any size); the quilt must be 3 layers; it can be tied, hand quilted or machine quilted. Dorothy Heidemann-Nelson is chairing this project. If you have any questions or need further information contact Dorothy at 402-730-6146 or drheid@icloud.com

The show will also include the traveling display of quilts from the Nebraska S150 quilt challenge. This display includes 2 quilts made by members of the Blue Valley Quilt Guild. One of those two being the quilt awarded the top prize that will ultimately be purchased by the International Quilt Study Museum for their permanent collection. You won’t want to miss these quilts.

Watch for more details of the show later this summer as other opportunities are being pursued to share with our community. Bring your friends and family. See you there!

Sheila Beins and Becky Wallroff, Quilt Show Chairs