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Oct. 18, 2024: 9 AM - 6 PM
Oct. 19, 2024: 9 AM - 4 PM
Admission $10 for 2 days.
Free: ≤10 years of age
Free parking. Handicap accessible.
The Great River Quilt Show is held biennially. Quilts are judged by NACQJ certified judges and ribbons are awarded in many categories.
The quilt show is an amazing event showcasing many talents of quiltmakers and fiber artists. This educational event includes demonstrations, charity auctions, raffle opportunities, second hand treasures, and vendors. Eye Candy for the soul everywhere.
Attendance is open to the public but only MVQG members may enter quilts in the show. (Refer to the About Us webpage, which has a member application at the bottom of the page.)
Scroll further for additional information on activities available at the show.
Everything you need to know about the Raffle Quilts are below. Be sure to watch the fun videos and scroll down for photos.
Tickets: 1 for $1 or 6 for $5
They can be purchased:
There are TWO raffle quilts this year, so be sure to choose the applicable color tickets that match the one you love. Or better yet...buy tickets for both Frangipani AND Pineapple Bullseye.
Winner does not need to be present to win but the writing does need to be legible so we can read who to call. Wink.
Frangipani by Laura Strickland of Orange Blossom Quilt Design Studio.
53" x 73"
As of the Sept. 5, 2023, reveal meeting, Frangipani is a quilt-top pattern which was exclusive to the MVQG Great River Quilt Show and had not yet been released to the public for purchase.
It was inspired by the traditional Orange Peel quilt design. The “peel” was exaggerated for a more modern look and she oriented the “peels” to form a floral shape. The petals are 9” H.
The quilt top is created using a template and advanced appliqué technique and the vertical and horizontal petals at the apex are applied after the quilt top is constructed.
The finished effect is reminiscent of flowers native to Hawaii, the Frangipani, which is one type of flower used to create leis.
Fabric: Top Grunge by Moda: Basic Grey True Blue, Basic Grey Cosmic, Soft Clean
Back: Art Gallery Floral Elements_Washed Denim
Custom quilting details:
Background quilting: Sitara Peacok by Karlee Porter, quilted at 3” height. This pattern was chosen as a nod to the petals’ shape as well as their quilting.
Petal quilting: began w/ Dew Drops in the Garden by Patricia Ritter, which the longarmer divided (cut apart) and designed curves to quilt on/around the different parts of the petals.
Hand-appliqued circles (Applipops) on both the front and back. Embroidered label on back.
Pineapple Bullseye by Jessica Plunkett, @maeberrysquare
72" x 72"
Excerpt from the quilt-top pattern and fabric makers quilt-top pattern description:
“The Pineapple Bullseye quilt is a fun take on a classic pineapple block. With a focus on the block center, larger than typical, the effective use of color gradation makes Jessica’s design a stand out!
The quilt uses the Ellipse fabric collection by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics. Ellipse, a new take on a useful dot and stripe collection, is all about the ovals. It is a blender line in a vivid, fresh, full spectrum Alison Glass color palette. Each design features tiny and small ovals with florals, scarabs, and rainbow abacuses for added interest and fun…
Think of the floral stripe, scarabs, and abacuses as a glorified selvedge, a bonus to do something fun with, surrounded by a whole lot of useful dot and stripe fabric in a full range of bold colors.
This pattern uses the foundation paper piecing quilting method.”
Quilting pattern details: Three Tours Wavy by Joyce Lundrigan of Methodist Hill Quilt Studio. Pattern placed w/ undulations centered vertically in the blocks to provide optical illusions in the white pineapples as well as texture and movement across the quilt.
The quilt-making team's creativity could not be contained! They incorporated the selvedge images into the pieced back as well as the embroidered label.
And SURPRISE! The winner of this quilt will also receive TWO pillows,
1 - 16" & 1 - 18", made out of the same fabric collection and pineapple paper piecing technique.
2024 MVQG Great River Quilt Show Raffle Quilts
Frangipani by Laura Strickland of Orange Blossom Quilt Design Studio
The 2024 show Raffle Quilts took 8 dedicated MVQG team members to cut, piece, applique, quilt, bind and attach a hanging sleeve and embroidered label.
TEAM: Glenda Flaherty, CJ Jolly, Linda Klyman, Shelly Moore,
Judy Nelson, Diane Schloemer, Laura Strickland, Dawn Thompson
The photo to the right is the label for one of TWO raffle quilts.
For the 2024 show, we made TWO raffle quilts. Two lucky winners will be drawn during the quilt show. Be sure to check out the videos and photos above. Other photos will be sprinkled throughout the Website.
The 2024 show Raffle Quilts took 8 dedicated MVQG team members to cut, piece, applique, quilt, bind and add a hanging sleeve and embroidered label.
Raffle quilts are revealed during the September Guild meeting (prior to the next year's show) with ticket sales beginning in January the year of the show. Members will have tickets available for purchase.
MVQG members, vendors and other donors provide items to the Guild from which we create both beautiful and useful gift baskets.
Raffle tickets may be purchased during the quilt show, The baskets are chock full of items, gadgets and products of interest to quilters and to non-quilters. With over 70 baskets, the chance of winning one is considerably better than the chance of picking winning numbers for a lottery ticket!
A Certified Quilt Appraiser will be at our quilt show. 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. Appraisals are useful for insurance purposes, for pricing a quilt for future sale, or a useful tool to prove the value of a quilt to disbelieving loved ones. These quilts are NOT store-purchases-off-the-shelf items but works of art to be cherished for generations!
Handmade items donated by MVQG members will be auctioned at the 2024 Great River Quilt Show. The auctions include a variety of items including purses, table runners, and small quilts. Auctions will be held on both Friday and Saturday.
All proceeds from the Small Quilt and Related Items Auction will be distributed to three local charities.
MVQG members (and other generous donors) cleaned out their sewing rooms and craft supplies and donated the items to the guild. These treasures will be available in the Second-Hand Treasures booth at the Great River Quilt Show. It is a quilter’s dream garage sale! There are quilt magazines, quilt books, fabric, quilt patterns, quilt making tools, thread, orphan quilt blocks, and quilt tops. Non-quilted items include vintage linens, scrapbooking supplies, cross-stitch and embroidery supplies, trims, yarns and much more. All items are garage-sale priced to sell. Plan to visit Second-Hand Treasures at the Great River Quilt Show!
The MVQG provides many demonstrations during its quilt show. 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?
When available, the 2024 Great River Quilt Show book and the list of Ribbon Winners will be below. The show book is your reference for everything you'll want to know while attending, such as quilt show etiquette, show committee members, NACQJ (certified judges), Quilt Appraiser, Raffle Basket donors, Demonstrations (types and times), Charity Sew-In (all day), Auction, Quilt Show Categories, list of entries/entrants and vendors. Whew!