Invention of sewing machine a quilter’s dream

Seven quilters worked together to create this quilt, which was finished by Nancy Kowal of Grand Junction. Referred to as a Round Robin project, it will be on display Saturday at the National Quilting Day event at Claire’s Court in Mesa Mall.


Cabin Fever Quilt Show

• WHAT: Cabin Fever Quilt Show

• WHEN: March 18–20; hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

• WHERE: Heritage Hall at the Delta County Fairgrounds, Third and Bridge streets, Hotchkiss

• COST: No admission, but donations accepted

• SPONSORED BY: S&B Quilters’ Guild of Hotchkiss

•  INFORMATION: Rita Sussman, 970-872-4894

Cabin Fever Demonstrations

These demos are scheduled at the Cabin Fever Quilt Show on March 18–20 in Hotchkiss:


• 10 a.m., Landscape Quilts

• 2 p.m., Beading on Applique


• Noon, Borders

• 1 p.m., Machine Quilting

• 2 p.m., Sweatshirt Applique

• 4 p.m., Redwork


• 1 p.m., Pillowcases

• 2 p.m., Wool Applique

I’m thankful I was born in the 20th century, well after sewing machines went into mass production. They’ve come a long way from hand cranks and treadles to electronic and computerized models.

For a look at these inventions representing the 1850s to the 2010s, check out a special exhibit March 18–20 at Heritage Hall on the Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss.

“How the Invention of the Sewing Machine Has Influenced Quilting” will be part of the Cabin Fever Quilt Show sponsored by S&B Quilters’ Guild of Hotchkiss. Old-fashioned machines, domestic home machines and a long-arm machine will be on display.

The show also features a variety of quilts made by youth and adults in traditional, vintage, contemporary, wool and fiber art styles.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Throughout the three-day event, demonstrations are planned on such techniques as borders, beading, redwork, wool applique and landscape quilts.

Organizers will not charge an admission fee, but they say donations are appreciated. Homemade goodies and drinks will be for sale at the Calico Cafe in the hall.

This year’s co-chairwomen are Rita Sussman and Pattie Timmerwilke.


The Cabin Fever show is an excellent way to celebrate the 20th annual National Quilting Day, which happens to be Saturday.

Also on that day, Sunset Slope Quilters’ Guild of Grand Junction plans its annual observance of the national day in Claire’s Court at Mesa Mall.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and admission is free. The celebration was established by the National Quilting Association in 1991 in Lincoln, Neb., to provide fellowship, fun and outreach.

In addition to many hanging quilts for display, the local Sunset Slope guild will include a “bed turning,” with layers of full-size quilts turned back periodically for viewers.

Members will be on hand to demonstrate hand quilting and needleturn applique techniques. The guild’s satellite groups, such as wool art and Christmas stockings made for community children, will be represented at various tables.

This is Sunset Slope Quilters “time to shine,” says Bev Spevere, co-chairwoman of the 2011 event.

A raffle quilt titled “Lucky Stars” will be displayed at the mall, with tickets available for $1 each. Also, tickets will be on sale for the guild’s Oct. 1 fundraiser featuring quilting superstar Ricky Tims, who will be giving seminars and a piano concert in Grand Junction.

The guild has participated in National Quilting Day since 1993. The national association chooses a theme each year and offers a free pattern at For 2011, it’s called “Build Your Own Log Cabin,” in honor of the homes lived in by many of America’s first settlers.

For information about Sunset Slope Quilters’ Guild or the Saturday event at Mesa Mall, call Spevere, 242-5616, or co-chairwoman Arlene Schweitzer, 434-6860.


If you want to showcase one of your quilts — new, old or antique — at the 2011 Capitol Quilt Show in Denver this summer, the deadline for entries is March 30.

All Colorado residents are invited to enter, one per individual or group, and about 250 will be accepted. The quilts will hang in the rotunda of the Capitol from June 6 through Aug. 19. The show is sponsored by the Colorado Quilting Council.

Entry forms, fees and photographs of the quilts (snapshots or digital) are required by the deadline. If your quilt is selected, it must be delivered for hanging by May 21.

Several drop-off points are available throughout the state, including Quilters’ Corner in downtown Grand Junction.

For an entry form, complete rules and details, go to http://www.coloradoquiltcouncil. com.

As you can tell from all this quilt-related activity, anyone suffering from cabin fever this spring surely can find a cure for what ails you. Breathe deeply and enjoy the sights.

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