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Hello Everybody,  It's me again with the latest and greates from the Quilt Festival.


We are creeping up on what will be our 20th Anniversary of the Walla Walla Valley Quilt Festival.  We want you all to know that we are most appreciative of your support through the years, as we have continued to grow.  Come help us “CELEBRATE”. 

I have a  some new information to share with you.  You may have already seen it on our web site , but want to make sure you know. 
Featured Quilters:

Shannon Gillman Orr is our Nationally known featured quilter, an artist, illustrator, sewing pattern and fabric designer, as well as quilter and teacher.  She will be doing demonstrations each day at 2PM. 

And our locally featured quilters are Pat Lucarelli and Susie Golden, a mother/daughter duo that enjoy embroidery combined with quilting.  Their work is lovely.  Both will be on hand to visit with you and share their work.

Dates to Remember:

Present to Midnight September 1, 2019.     Enter your quilt registrations on the electronic form on the website; http://wallawallaquiltfestival.org .  Click on the Quilt Registration and then fill in the blanks.  You should receive a copy of your efforts after you hit submit.  You are allowed three quilts to share.  The Festival Challenge “Celebrate” and the Block Lotto may be in addition to the three. 

If you know of someone or if you need a hard copy form to submit, please contact me here at 541-938-6130 or  info me your request at info@wallawallaquiltfestival.org .     Late entries will not be accepted.

September 7 and 8, 2019, 10 am – 3 pm      
Deliver your quilts to the Floral Building, Walla Walla County Fairgrounds.  Each item must have a cloth label attached to the back of the quilt with a minimum of quilter’s or owner’s name firmly attached.  A paper label is not acceptable. You will receive a claim form when your quilts are delivered.

September 13 & 14, 10 am to 5 pm and September 15, 2019, 10 am to 3 pm  Come join us and enjoy all the beautiful quilts, vote for your favorites and have a shopping spree with our vendors.  Our caterer, West of the Blues will be back again with lots of tasty goodies to give you a break from shopping/looking.  Demonstrations will be happening hourly during all three days.

September 15, 2019, 4 pm   You may pick up your quilt at this time.   We need the time between 3pm and 4 pm to get the quilts down and organized.  So please give us this time to do that necessary step. Please always remember, don’t ever forget you MUST have your receipt with you to claim your quilt.

Vendors:  For your shopping pleasure, the list of vendors this year looks like this:
               Experience Quilts, Odessa, WA

              Let’s Finish Those Quilts & Hidden Hollow Quilting, Port Orchard, WA

              Walla Walla Valley Quilt Guild, Walla Walla, WA

              Outlaw Creations, North Powder, OR

              Grammy G’s Treasures & Notions, Palouse, WA

              Stash, Walla Walla, WA

              Walla Walla Sew ‘N Vac & Spas, Walla Walla, WA

              Glitz & Glamour, Bremerton, WA

              Home Grown Quilts, Grangeville, ID

              Spool Girls, Saint John, WA

              West of the Blues Catering, Walla Walla, WA

And, the door prize this year will be a brand new sewing center with four pieces including a sewing machine table and a brand new sewing machine.  Your admission fee includes a chance to win.  The winner will be drawn just before closing time on Sunday of the Festival.

And then…Other Stuff :  I recently began working on a rather complicated applique project.  I really thought that this would challenge me and keep me busy for quite some time.  Well both the challenge and the busy are applicable, but what I didn’t do was pay close attention to the instructions.  I needed to draw some lines on the background fabric to keep everything in the proper alignment.  Well, who needs to pay attention to the instructions???  Well the answer to that is ME.  I think I will be able to salvage my work thus far, but if and when I ever do this pattern again, I will certainly pay attention to the instructions.  Learn from my mistakes.  Never hurts to spend a bit of time reading the instructions thoroughly!

Some of you may know that the phone number being used for the Festival is my personal number.  I am not being so prompt in answering it as I have in the past, since in the last week alone I have received at least 80 scam phone calls.  So if you need to have info, I will do my best to provide.  But if I don’t answer, please leave me a message and I will get back to you.

Tips & Tricks:
Yardage Tip – A great way to keep track of fabric yardage is to write on the selvage using a permanent pen.  If you use some of the fabric, but not all, record the remainder.

Two Tips for T-Shirt Quilts  - Don’t use fabric softener when washing T-Shirts for quilts as it prevents fusible interfacing from adhering properly.
Also, be aware that both fusible interfacing and T-Shirt cotton are more stretchy in one direction than the other. Test both the interfacing and your T-Shirt piece to see which way they stretch.  Then fuse them with the strechier directions positioned opposite ways.   The finished block will be more stable.

Thimble – If you use a thimble and tend to get a mark from the metal used making the thimble be advised that a sterling silver thimble will not stain your finger. 

AND THAT’S ALL FOLKS:  for this edition.  Will try to give you a reminder just before the Festival.  In the meantime tell all your friends and neighbors and come share the joy with all of us.  Take care and keep on quilting!

Cathy Wiese, Walla Walla Valley Quilt Festival Committee
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