Spring Shower of Quilts -- April 26 - 27, 2014
Crowne Plaza Southbury 1284 Strongtown Road Southbury, CT
Come See the Quilts!
Over 200 quilts will be on display in the Crowne Plaza ballroom. Approximately half of them will have been through the judging process and ribbons will have been awarded when you visit the show. Each quilt will also have a written "bio" telling the quilt's story. Come and enjoy and be inspired!
The Raffle Quilt
A quilt of original design is hand-crafted by guild members for each show. Raffle tickets are sold during the months prior to the show and the winning raffle ticket is drawn in the closing hour of the show on Sunday afternoon. Proceeds of the raffle quilt go entirely to charity (once seed money is sent aside for the materials for the 2016 raffle quilt). Click HERE for a list of this year's recipient charities and descriptions of the work they do.
Words from the raffle quilt design chairman:
One of the first elements we locked in on was the flower basket block with an added 8-patch block border for visual interest. Using Electric Quilt software (EQ7), the center motif was found in the program’s library of block designs. This was changed around to accommodate the flower appliques that were placed within it. The flower motifs were also found in the EQ library and changed slightly to support our vision.
Sally Collin’s book Borders, Bindings and Edges was a great resource for help with designing a medallion quilt. The flower appliques were sewn on by hand. The members who helped with the appliques used a variety of techniques to turn under the seam allowances for the various parts of the motif. The center medallion had to be pieced together with partially sewn seams as none of the seams continues from one side of the block to the other. The 8-patch blocks were constructed by members using traditional machine piecing methods. The basket and the Dog Tooth borders were foundation pieced. The long arm quilting uses free motion and digitized designs to enhance the quilt design.
Dream Theme Baskets
Visitors at the show will also have an opportunity to purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win one of several baskets of various themes. Among items in this year's baskets will be: a Singer Featherweight sewing machine, a Kindle Fire, and many more exiting items. If you are not a quilter, there will be dream baskets there for you too -- check out the chocolate basket, the lottery basket, and others.
In and around the quilt exhibits and in surrounding rooms in the hotel will be located vendors who are waiting to provide you with some interesting shopping opportunities.