By Tina Snell, Staff Writer
The love of quilts and the love of the art form will be drawing crowds Thursday – Saturday, Oct. 17 – 19, to the Great River Arts Association (GRAA) Center. On those days, various quilting techniques will be demonstrated by members of the Prairie Point Quilters, a local guild of quilt makers.
Thursday’s demonstrations will include the basics of quilting at 1:15 p.m.; how to make Grandmother’s Flower Garden at 2:15 p.m.; and the art of tessellation at 3:15 p.m. Friday’s demonstration will be how to do Folding Fun at 11:15 a.m. and the demonstration Saturday, Oct. 19, will show attendees how to create the Double Diamond Ruler.
The following week, from Wednesday, Oct. 23 – Saturday, Oct. 26, the quilts will continue to be on display.
A contemporary quilt called “City Park” will be raffled off. Proceeds from the raffle will help fund the guild’s programs and activities such as speakers, workshops, charity quilts, retreats and more.
The Prairie Point Quilters Guild has about 50 members who meet at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month at the First Lutheran Church in Little Falls. The $20 annual dues to the guild allow each member to continue learning about new techniques in their art, create new friendships, keep an ancient tradition going and be able to use their creativity, sharing knowledge of the art form.
“People join our guild with just an interest in quilting, then grow and learn, coming up with their own fantastic designs,” said Dorothy Bachan, co-chair of the show and a charter member of the guild.
Prairie Point Quilters has been in existence since around 1996. It started when Bachan met women who gathered at the Weyerhaeuser Museum to quilt. They had such a good time, but met only during the day, prohibiting those who work nine to five jobs from joining in.
“With help from fellow quilters, we advertised our first meeting in the Little Falls Community Middle School commons,” said Bachan. “Fifty-eight people signed up to join.”
The Prairie Point Quilters was born. The members chose the guild’s name by vote. Prairie Point is a type of edging on a quilt.
Today, there are still 13 charter members on the roster. While some of the group still hand-quilt their creations, the majority machine-quilts.
“Those interested are welcome to attend a meeting with no obligation. Come and see what we are all about,” said Bachan.
For more information, contact GRAA at (320) 632-0960 or Kathy at (320) 232-9264.