Quilt Show highlights quilters’ gift

NEW ULM- The New Ulm Event Center hosted the 2014 Quilt Show this weekend.

The event is held ever two years by the Prairie Piecemakers Quilt Guild.

The Event Center contained wall to wall quilts created by guild. More than 300 quilts were featured in the show, created by 50 guild members.

Quilt expert Judy Martin was on hand to give a presentation on her favorite type of “log cabin quilts.”

Martin has written 22 books on the subject of quilting, and commented that she was not done writing, yet.

As part of the show, several awards were given to quilts by the vendors in attendance and by other special guests. Guild member Theresa Westrup received the Judy Martin Award for her quilt. Westrup designed the quilt to resemble a storm, hence the title “Storm at Sea.” Despite the complex pattern, Westrup remained humble, saying it was not too difficult to create. Following the show, Westrup explained the quilt will be sent east as a gift to her daughter.

One of the many goals of the Quilt Show is to create interest in the art of quilting. While the next New Ulm Quilt Show is not scheduled until 2016, enthusiasts are always welcome to join the guild. The Prairie Piecemakers meet monthly on the second Thursday of the month from September through May at 7 p.m. in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in New Ulm.

All proceeds from the Quilt Show go to community projects such as Stitches of Hope, Compassion Quilts, Quilts of Valor and Tummy Time Quilts.

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