Quilt Show promises a visual feast

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Courtesy Mountain Quilters of Idyllwild

Courtesy Mountain Quilters of Idyllwild

The nonprofit Mountain Quilters of Idyllwild presents its 11th-annual Quilt Show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday and Sunday at Buckhorn Camp on Highway 243 in Idyllwild.

More than 101 quilts will be on display, with many up for special awards, including “People’s Choice.” This year’s show will be one of only a handful of shows nationally selected to display Keepsake Quilting’s Traveling Exhibit of Challenge Quilt winners.

A pen of live alpacas will greet the public on Saturday and 50 artisan-made door prizes will be awarded hourly throughout the two-day show.

Also, show vendors ranging from local quilt shops to stain glass artists, will sell their wares and offer free daily door prizes. This show and the member-pieced annual opportunity quilt with a mountain traditions theme generate the bulk of the funds the group uses for scholarships to benefit local area students. For those who love quilts but don’t yet know how to make their own, the guild’s own Mountain Mercantile will offer finished quilts and gifts for sale.

Thank A Vet, Comfort Quilts and Dress A Girl are all guild-supported community outreach programs that will be featured. All guild members annually commit to creating quilts to be presented to military vets in honor of their service to our country, along with comfort quilts aimed for children in stressful situations. The public may stop by and sign a fabric square to be used in a future vet quilt. Another guild-supported program is Dress-A-Girl where pretty dresses made by the members are then shipped or hand-delivered to areas around the globe where young girls can be positively impacted by the small gift.

Buckhorn Camp is once again the pine- and cedar-filled location where the show will be staged. It offers easy access from the parking area and easy walkways, a sunlit exhibit hall and on-site dining hall. Tickets to the event, sold at the door, are $7 each day but husbands get in for free.

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