Quiltfest returns to Cartersville Civic Center Friday
by Marie Nesmith
Sep 21, 2010 | 1499 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pat Myers, left, and Jan Willits look at a quilt of Willits that will be exhibited at Quiltfest Friday through Sunday at the Cartersville Civic Center. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
Pat Myers, left, and Jan Willits look at a quilt of Willits that will be exhibited at Quiltfest Friday through Sunday at the Cartersville Civic Center. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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With various sewing projects at her fingertips, Pat Myers is delighted to have the opportunity to be immersed in her quilting craft.

"I love it all," she said. "I want to do appliqué. I want to piece. I have more projects than I can do in 10 people's lifetimes set aside to do.

"When my husband was in college I made a quilt and my goal at that time was to get it finished when he graduated and I did that. Then of course children were [around] and I was working and it wasn't until everybody pretty much left home that I got back into quilting. [Now] I just go to my quilting room and turn on the music and sew."

As a member of the Etowah Valley Quilt Guild, the Cartersville resident will be entering about six quilts of various sizes into the group's biennial Quiltfest Friday through Sunday. One of her favorite pieces is a king-size quilt featuring a Bloomin' Nine Patch design.

"It kind of progresses from a darker beige to a lighter beige in the middle," Myers said. "It was meant to be as just a quilt on the bed and then have some other focal color used with it. It's kind of interesting, the design. You have to understand the pattern, but it sort of progresses in so that there's not too much delineation between each color. They just kind of blend together from a darker to the lighter to the center."

Along with Myers' creations, Quiltfest 2010 will showcase the work of the guild's 60 members at the Cartersville Civic Center -- 435 W. Main St. -- Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

"First of all, we're in business not only to make quilts and have fun but to do community service and part of the quilt show is to explain to the public what we do as far as community service and who we benefit," said Quiltfest Chairman Barbara Scrivner, providing various examples, like quilts for residents at the Good Neighbor Homeless Shelter and baby quilts for Advocates for Children's First Step program, where volunteers visit and support new mothers at the Cartersville Medical Center. "The other thing is for people who may know how to sew and be interested in quilting to know that we're there and that we can provide classes and inspiration for quilting should they want to join."

In addition to about 160 displayed quilts, the show also will feature vendors, a silent auction and a raffle in which the winning ticket will be drawn immediately prior to the event's closing on Sunday at 4 p.m. A $1 raffle ticket will give participants the chance at receiving a quilt, about 62-inches-by-73-inches in size.

A portion of the auction's proceeds will go toward the guild's operations, such as obtaining teachers for monthly meetings.

For more information on Quiltfest 2010, visit www.etowahvalleyquiltguild.com or call Scrivner at 770-606-0301 or Jan Willits, co-chairman of the show, at 770-529-4686. Admission will be $2 per adult, $1 for ages 6 to 12 and free for children 5 and younger.

The public also can view additional pieces from the guild at an exhibition at the Cartersville Public Library through Sept. 30. Located at 429 W. Main St., the library is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.