Quilters gear up for biennial Spring extravaganza

Mar 20, 2014

The Fidalgo Island Quilters (FIQ) will host its Biennial Quilt Show, “E Pluribus Unum,” April 11-13, at a new venue, the Swinomish Casino & Lodge, 12885 Casino Drive, Anacortes.

Show hours are 10-5 each day.  Admission is $7 for all three days, and children 12 and under are free.  Sunday only, admission for military personnel and their families is $5.

The event will showcase a range of quilted items from traditional utility quilts to sophisticated art quilts.

One notable addition will be “modern” quilts, a style of quilt-making gaining popularity, especially among younger quilters.  Some entries have been accepted into high-profile national shows, and some are the first works of new quilters.

This year, FIQ will feature patriotic quilts made for distribution by two organizations, the Quilts of Valor Foundation and American Hero Quilts.

A ceremony to present quilts to veterans is planned for 1 p.m. Sunday, April 13.

The Style Show, at 1 p.m. Saturday, will present artistic, fashionable garments and accessories created by the Wearable Art Divas.  The Style Show is included in the $7 admission fee.

Featured artist Pat Thompson will display a sampling of her award-winning creations featured in prestigious national shows.  She has also written articles for American Quilter and American Patchwork & Quilting magazines.

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