Gorge Quilt Show returns this week

The Columbia River Gorge Quilters’ Guild (CRGQG) will present its annual Quilt Show at the Hood River Middle School, Aug. 14-16.

More than 100 quilts will be on display, representing the current traditional and contemporary work by local quiltmakers from communities throughout the Gorge. The three-day event features the guild’s first Quilt Market.

“Our members have cleaned out their sewing rooms and studios and we’ve put it all on sale at bargain prices - fabric, patterns, tools, books, magazines, yarn,” said Kathleen Roulet, Guild President. “A consignment boutique will include a selection of handmade items for sale.”

Highlights of the show are an exhibit and Saturday lecture by the show’s featured artists, the Cover to Cover Book Club Quilters. For the past 13 years, these Portland quilt artists have been exhibiting their quilts and winning top awards at major shows across the country, including the 2014 American Quilters Society show in Paducah, Kentucky. This book club turns the books they read into art inspired by literature. While all members read the same book, they each produce quilt as different and dynamic as they are.

Cover to Cover will share a selection of their quilts in a special lunchtime lecture on Saturday at noon at the Hood River Middle School. Admission is $15.

Thursday and Friday will feature representatives from Latimer Quilt and Textile Center in Tillamook exhibiting a collection of vintage quilts.

The Columbia River Gorge Quilters’ Guild was launched in February 2007, welcoming members from both sides of the Columbia River. Today membership exceeds 100 and includes quilt enthusiasts from Washougal to Arlington and from Goldendale to Grass Valley. To find out more about the CRGQG, their activities and information about the upcoming quilt show, visit www.gorgequiltersguild.org.

And also ‘on the block’

Every Thread Counts (ETC) has announced that Helping Hands Against Violence in Hood River will be the recipient for the proceeds from its handmade annual Harvest Festival Quilt, a venerable Gorge tradition. The quilt will be on display at Columbia Center for the Arts from July 30 through Aug. 13.

This year, all proceeds will go to support the work of Helping Hands Against Violence, Inc. For the past 36 years, Helping Hands has been providing services to victims of abuse and their children.

They offer 24-hour crisis intervention, emergency shelter, emergency subsistence assistance, transitional housing, medical and legal advocacy, and prevention education. Visitors will be able to see the quilt and purchase raffle tickets at various shops throughout Hood River this summer, with a final display (and drawing) at Harvest Festival.

For more information about Helping Hands or the itinerary for the quilt this summer, contact Stephanie Irving at 541-386-4808 or www.helpinghandsoregon.com.

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