Did you know we host the Great River Quilt Show bi-annually and that it is a juried show? This means quilts are judged by a certified judges and ribbons are awarded in several categories. In the past, judges have been NACQJ judges.
But wait...the quilt show has even more to offer, and while it is an amazing event showcasing many quilt-makers' and fiber artists' talents, it's also an exciting educational event which the Guild is abuzz with activity preparing for every two years. In addition to demonstrations and charity auctions (scroll down for more details), vendors also participate in the quilt show for your shopping pleasure.
The MVQG also makes a quilt which is raffled to a lucky winner during the event. Information and photos of the 2022 raffle quilt will be shared here as soon as it is available.
Attendance is open to the public but only MVQG members may enter quilts in the show, so if you would like become a member, now is the time to join. (Refer to the About Us webpage, which has an application at the bottom of the page.)
Did you know there's a secret to hanging all those quilts up at the quilt show? Yup...you guessed it, in order to have something to hang the quilts on to, quilt makers sew a tube of fabric (like a sleeve) on the back of the quilt, just below the top of the quilt, and like magic, it slides over the tubes we use to hang 400+ quilts at the show, never to be seen by the patrons of the show! Whew! Not only does that take a lot of woman/manpower, click here or scroll down to the Miscellaneous Files section for the directions to make an easy-peasy hanging sleeve.
Did you know we feature an AQS Certified Quilt Appraiser at our quilt show who may appraise your quilt? An appraisal is a “hands on” examination of the quilt. Quilt appraisals can range from a family heirloom, to an acquired vintage quilt, to a quilt that has special meaning for the owner.
Click here, or scroll down, to learn additional information about the 2020 quilt show Appraiser and fees.
The MVQG creates a quilt that is raffled to one lucky winner during the quilt show. (The photo above is a snippet of the 2020 Great River Quilt raffle quilt, which was Stargazer by Nancy Rink.)
The raffle quilt is usually revealed during the prior year's September Guild meeting with ticket sales beginning in January the year of the show. Members will have tickets for purchase.
Photos of the 2022 raffle quilt and additional information will be shared to our Website as it becomes available. Stay tuned...!
MVQG members, vendors and other donors provide items to to the Guild from which we create both beautiful and useful gift baskets.
Raffle tickets may be purchased during the quilt show and folks, they are chock full of items, gadgets and products that you'll be near giddy from excitement when you learn you've won the one you purchased tickets for.
MVQG members donated hand-made items that were auctioned at the 2018 Great River Quilt Show. The auction included purses, table runners, Christmas tree skirts, small quilts and other small items.
Proceeds from the Small Quilt and Related Items Auction have been distributed to groups and organizations such as Churches United for Winnie's Place, Quilts of Valor, Quillows (of MVQG), Riverbend Food Bank and others.
MVQG members cleaned out their sewing rooms and craft supplies and donated the items to the guild. There was a chance to purchase these treasures in the Second-Hand Treasures booth at the 2018 Great River Quilt Show and it was a quilter’s dream garage sale! There were quilt magazines, quilt books, fabric, quilt patterns, quilt making tools, thread, orphan quilt blocks, and quilt tops. Non-quilted items included vintage linens, scrapbooking supplies, cross-stitch and embroidery supplies, trims, yarns and much more. All items were garage-sale priced to sell. Plan to visit Second-Hand Treasures at the next Great River Quilt Show!
The MVQG provides many demonstrations during its quilt show. For instance, do you know what bed turning is? Well...since we're about educating...bed turning is a mini quilt-history program. Vintage and newer quilts are layered on a bed. The story of the top quilt is told and when the speaker is done, the quilt is folded back to reveal the next quilt and so on until all of the stories have been told. As many folks know, every quilt truly has a story.
Demonstrations may also include: paper piecing, needle felting, beading on fabric, raw edge applique and the possibilities are endless. Isn't that exciting? Click here or scroll down to download/view the demonstrations that had been planned for the 2020 quilt show.
Click on a file below to download files mentioned above.
2022 Planned Demonstrations and Appraiser information will be provided as they become available.