The Q.U.I.L.T. Guild of Northwest Arkansas has produced a quilt show every two years over the last twenty years. We have a talented group of quilters in the guild and in our area who create both traditional and contemporary quilts. Every quilt entered in the show must be completed within the past two years. We invite you to enjoy the creativity of our region’s quilters.
Come and shop at the Merchants Mall and the Guild Country Store, watch the demonstrations and enjoy viewing the 300+ Quilts. Special exhibits include the “Hoffman Challenge” Exhibit Quilts, the “Remember Me” Exhibit of Antique Quilts and the Eureka Springs Doll Exhibit. Demonstrations include a group of women hand quilting around a quilting frame and one woman piecing a quilt using her 1910 treadle sewing machine.

On Saturday at 10:00 and again at 2:00, Charlotte Enfield and Edie Idleman will present a Quilt Turning showing quilts from 1850 through 1980. Every quilt has a story. Some of the stories are known by the owners, some are not. Although the story may not be known for certain, many assumptions can be made based on the fabric, pattern, size, stitching technique and quilting design. Just as contemporary quilts are puzzles to put together, vintage/antique quilts are puzzles to be read by quilt historians. This Quilt Turning will present quilts with histories known to or read by the owners and may tell you something about your own quilts.

The Small Quilt Auction will be held on Saturday, April 9th at 3:00 PM. This is your chance to own some marvelous little quilts! The Small Quilt Auction presents Q.U.I.L.T. members an opportunity to express their creativity and quilting skills. It is a fun and exciting auction enjoyed by members and the public is invited to attend. There is no judging – just lots of fun! It is a great opportunity to pick up many works of textile art to be enjoyed for years to come. The Small Quilt Auction is one of the larger fundraising efforts for Q.U.I.L.T. and the proceeds will benefit the Community Service and Educational projects of the Guild. Anna Plant, of Chatterbox Auctions and Realty and member of the Arkansas Auctioneers Association, is donating her time and auctioneering skills.

Featured Instructor: Roberta Horton
Roberta will be presenting her lecture, “Find it, Buy it, Use it” – “Armchair travels with Roberta Horton as she tours the world in search of fabrics for her quilts. Once these treasures are in hand, she answers that great question: ‘ What do I do with it?’ Learn how to work with fabric that’s new to you so that you, too, can create a quilt that’s a showcase for the colors and sights that you’ve experienced.” at our April 7th, 2005, Thursday night awards event.

All are invited to attend as we preview the award winning quilts and enjoy the lecture. There will be a $5.00 admission fee for non-guild members. This meeting will be located at The Jones Center in Springdale at 6:30 PM.

Roberta Horton will be conducting the following workshops at the show. Contact Jo Ann Collier at [email protected] for class availability.

The Great American Scrap Quilt – Saturday 8:30 – 3:00, Bentonville High School
$40 for Q.U.I.L.T. members, $50 for non-members.
Antique scrap quilts are often comprised of many textiles, seemingly unrelated according to present standards of coordinated fabric collections. Yet in these old quilts the whole works in an exciting, joyous way. Why? How can you duplicate that seemingly carefree way of combining fabrics? Learn to understand value, scale, and contrast as you examine some great old quilt tops and then put into practice what you have observed.

Japanese Patchwork – Sunday 8:30 – 3:00, Bentonville High School.
$40 for Q.U.I.L.T. members, $50 for non-members.
Experience working with Japanese Yukata cloth (100% cotton, 14” wide) used for summer kimonos. This class will deal with how to work with non-traditional fabrics in quilts. Topics will be methods of approach and design possibilities. Many new ideas for the quilter looking for new directions. (Japanese Yukata fabric will be available for purchase in class.)

Roberta Horton’s Biography
Roberta began her sewing career at the age of ten when she learned to make clothes for her dolls. She continued her study of textiles through her S.S. degree in Home Economics from the University of California at Berkley. After five years of public high school teaching, Roberta retired and began her second career as a quiltmaker.

Combining her love of fabric with her love of teaching, Roberta taught the first state-accredited class in quiltmaking in California in 1973. Her personal goal was to teach, and eventually write, disclosing what she had discovered about quiltmaking. This passion has taken Roberta to Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Norway, England, France, Belgium and South Africa as well as across the United States. Whenever possible, Roberta has delved into the history of fabric and traced down quilts and their makers, broadening her own knowledge and understanding of the wonderful world of quilts.

Roberta’s work has appeared in numerous quilt magazines and books. She designs fabric for Fasco/Fabric Sales of Seattle and was selected as one of the 88 most influential quiltmakers in the world by Nihon Vogue, publisher of Quilts Japan.

Carol Elmore
Carol has been making and collecting quilts for more than twenty-five years and is an AQS certified quilt appraiser. Carol is a member of the Konza Prairie Quilt Guild (Manhattan KS), the American Quilt Study Group, the American Quilter’s Society, Kansas Quilters Organization, and the Professional Association of Appraisers-Quilted Textiles. Carol and her husband, Ronnie, have published articles in American Quilters Magazine and Uncoverings: Research Papers of the American Quilt Study Group. The Elmores were featured in the October, 1998, issue of American Patchwork and Quilting magazine on their mutual interest in quilts. Carol may be contacted at: [email protected]

Jeanne Poore
Jeanne made her first full sized quilt when she was 13 and joined her first guild in 1986. She enjoys all facets of the quilt-making process from designing to the hand quilting. Jeanne is an expert on the ‘Kansas City Star’ quilt patterns. The Star’s first official book on the patterns – “Star Quilts – the Legendry Kansas City Star Quilt Patterns” – featured patterns redrafted by Jeanne. She is a member of the Starlight Quilters Guild, Kansas Quilters Organization, Missouri State Quilters Guild, AQS, NQA, Heartland Quilt Network, Legler Barn Quilters and Quilt Sitters Circle. She was also a member of the Liaison Committee for all volunteers for Quilters Unlimited Showcase and Coordinator for the Kansas City Quilting and Sewing Expo. Jeanne has also made the cover of Quilting Today Magazine twice.

Quilt Appraisals
Have your quilt(s) appraised for insurance purposes at our show by Edith Idleman. Edie will be available during show hours to appraise your quilt(s). Bring your quilt(s) into the show for appraisal on a walk-in bases or if you don’t want to wait in line, make an appointment in advance. Quilts that are entered in the show can be appraised while hanging. There is a $30.00 fee for the appraisal service.

Edith Idleman has been an AQS certified quilt appraiser since 1990. Edie has appraised many private and public collections as well as appraised at quilt shows, shops and guilds. Edie has had her work exhibited in invitational exhibits and has curated traveling exhibits. She has served as a consultant to new guilds, quilt shows and museums. She has written articles for several national magazines and been featured in the NQA Quilting Quarterly and Quilters Newsletter Magazine. She was inducted into the Land of Lincoln Quilters Association Hall of Fame in 1996. She is past President of the Professional Association of Appraisers – Quilted Textiles and is a current member of the Board of Directors for the American Quilt Study Group. To make an appointment to have your quilt appraised you can contact Edie at: [email protected] or phone (479) 855-2087.