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Published September 24, 2009, 07:56 AM

Annual quilt show set in Fargo

Viewers, quilters, bargain-seekers and collectors flock to the 30th Annual Indian Summer Quilt Show and Conference scheduled Friday through Sunday at the Holiday Inn, Fargo. Sponsored by the Quilters’ Guild of North Dakota, the three-day event features more than 35 classes and lectures, an exhibit of more than 180 quilts, daily demonstrations, a packed vendor area featuring quilt shops and related business from across North Dakota and Minnesota, the QGND Bodacious Bazaar featuring hand-crafted items, unfinished projects, ornaments, fabrics, a small quilt silent auction and more.

Viewers, quilters, bargain-seekers and collectors flock to the 30th Annual Indian Summer Quilt Show and Conference scheduled Friday through Sunday at the Holiday Inn, Fargo. Sponsored by the Quilters’ Guild of North Dakota, the three-day event features more than 35 classes and lectures, an exhibit of more than 180 quilts, daily demonstrations, a packed vendor area featuring quilt shops and related business from across North Dakota and Minnesota, the QGND Bodacious Bazaar featuring hand-crafted items, unfinished projects, ornaments, fabrics, a small quilt silent auction and more.

Former Quilt Show Chair Mary Ann Waxler says, “The Great Hall at the Holiday Inn is transformed overnight. The room that hosts a wedding dinner and dance Tuesday evening will be turned into a colorful maze of pieced and appliquéd quilts, wall hangings, quilted clothing and accessories. And around the perimeter of the room, vendors pack bolts and boxes of fabrics, trims, beads, buttons, patterns, books and quilting tools into every square inch of display space.”

“Of course,” she added, “They do leave room for shoppers and the cash register.”

Mothers can keep younger viewers entertained looking for various shapes, animals and motifs in a Quilt Scavenger Hunt created for this event.

It’s not too late to take a quilt class during the three-day event.

“We encourage every interested person to join us to experience quilting,” said Martha Oliver, Guild president. “Registration is open and we have beginning, intermediate and advanced level classes in almost every technique. If you don’t want to do hand work, machine classes are available. If you don’t want to bring your machine, you can take a design class or an applique class or a hand-workmanship class.”

Class descriptions and registration materials are available at area quilt shops or online. While some classes are full, registration remains open for those that have space available. For updated class listings check at www.ndquilts.com.

In addition to taking classes, viewing quilts and shopping the vendor area, attendees have the opportunity to see demonstrations of various tools and techniques, and may also bid on small quilts, which are donated to the Guild and sold in a silent auction that runs Friday through Sunday at 2 p.m. Proceeds from the Small Quilt Silent Auction are designated to support various education projects.

Admission is $4 per person; children under the age of 12 are admitted free of charge. Show hours are 8 am to 7:30 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

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