Get a peek at Paducah-bound quilt at mall exhibit
Jackie Aguilar’s floral applique quilt soon will be on its way to Paducah, Ky., where it’s been accepted in the prestigious American Quilter’s Society QuiltWeek contest in late April.
Before the Grand Junction quilter ships her queen-sized creation east, she’s giving Western Slope residents a chance to see the state’s best-of-show winner Saturdayat Mesa Mall.
Aguilar’s quilt, titled “Jackie Got Into Aunt Millie’s Garden,” will be exhibited with about 100 others at Sunset Slope Quilters annual show in observance of National Quilting Day.
Aguilar’s prizes for her needle-turned applique, based on a Piece O’Cake design, include Best of Show, People’s Choice and the Colorado Quilting Council’s Award of Excellence at the 2012 Mesa County Fair and Best First-Time Entry and Best of Show at the 2012 Colorado State Fair in Pueblo.
This year’s show at the mall is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in a different area than usual; this time, space is being shared with the Easter Bunny, so the quilts will be displayed in the courtyard near J.C. Penney’s.
The theme, which corresponds with the National Quilting Association’s, is “Celebrate America.” A free quilt pattern representing the theme is available at http://www.nqaquilts.org.
Mall visitors can watch a bed turning, in which quilts are layered on a bed and pulled back one at a time to reveal the next design.
Demonstrations are planned, as well as open sewing, during which Sunset Slope members will be working on projects and visiting with the public about their techniques. The club’s charities will be highlighted — handmade Christmas stockings for children and quilts sewn for cancer patients at St. Mary’s Hospital.
Admission is free, but tickets will be on sale for a raffle quilt titled “Rocky Mountain Fiesta,” designed by Donna Hanley and quilted by Laurie Gerse. It measures 74 inches by 74 inches.
Demos on cloth baskets by Jo Cornforth will be at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.