|Newsletter 23 January 2020|
Ii has been sometime coming...
But Here We Go!We want to thank all of you who attended our Festival last September. You are the reason that we continue to work toward making each Festival just a tad bit better than the last. Your great comments about the show told us that we made that goal in 2019. Now the planning begins for 2020.
You may view pictures of the quilts that won ribbons at the Photo Gallery on the website: www.wallawallaquiltfestival.org .
Mark your calendars! The dates for the next show are September 18 & 19, 10am to 5 pm, and September 20, 10 am to 3 pm. Admission of $6.00 will give you access all three days.
We have chosen our Festival Challenge theme for 2020. It is “PORTALS”. The quilt can be of any shape, but the combined total of all sides of the quilt cannot be less than 72 inches nor more than 160 inches (for example, an 18” X 18” quilt equals 72”; a 40” X 40” quilt equals 160”). A round quilt cannot have a diameter greater than 40 inches. You may use any fabric that you like. Challenge quilts will be judged on appropriateness to theme, workmanship, creativity, design and use of color. The first, second, and third place winners will take home cash prizes. Full requirements for the quilts are on the website.
The Festival has a new telephone number. It is 509-676-7757. We are in the process of getting everything changed around, so why not just add to your contact list and you will be good to go.
We are also pleased to announce Featured Quilters. Heather Black of Quiltachusetts will be joining us as the National Featured Quilter. You may view some of her work at https://quiltachusetts.com/. For many of us she will broaden our horizons with her modern patterns and ideas.
Judy Benzel from Dixie, Washington, will be our local featured quilter. Judy is an accomplished seamstress who churns out remarkable quilts in record time. We know that you will enjoy visiting with Judy and seeing her work!
Block Lotto fabric will be coming soon. Stay tuned.
QUILTING TIPS AND TRICKS:
This is not a paid advertisement, just the facts as I see them! Recently I purchased one of Olfa’s new Endurance blades for my rotary cutter. Even though I had one that was still serviceable in my cutter, I couldn’t wait to see how this new blade worked. Let me tell you, friends and neighbors. This is like the difference between a work horse and a brand new heavy tractor. It literally floats through the fabric. I am totally sold. Part of the advertising says it will last longer too. Try it, you might like it too.
A sewing room organizer is an over-the-door shoe organizer. It’s great for rotary cutters, some rulers, small fabric pieces and all sorts of other “necessary” quilting tools.
If you hand quilt or are thinking about it, you will probably need a hoop. Typically, the hoop should fit between your bent elbow and fingers, but it seems that anything larger than 14 inches offers no advantage. Also, if you rinse out your batting before starting to quilt it helps relax the fibers and your needle will go though the layers easier. Be sure to follow manufacturer’s direction washing/rinsing the batting.
AND THAT’S ALL FOLKS:
I have been a part of the Quilt Festival Committee since it’s inception in 1997 or 1998. Our first show was at the Kirkman House Museum and had an attendance of about 60 people. We have been through many different venues including the Elks Club, St. Patrick’s gymnasium and now the Community Building at the Walla Walla County Fairgrounds. It has been my pleasure to work with and meet with the many, many quilters along the way. The time has come for me to step aside and let someone else take up the mantle. You will still see me at the Festival, just because I won’t be able to stay away, but someone else will be doing the newsletters and you can follow our efforts on Facebook too. Again, thank you for all your support and kind words.
Cathy Wiese, Walla Walla Valley Quilt Festival Committee
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