On Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 18th and 19th, the members of Cherokee Quilt Batts donned their aprons and hosted another successful quilt show, held at the Western Iowa Tech Community College Conference Center in Cherokee.
An eye-catching display of straw bales, pumpkins, and wooden quilt blocks was placed on the corner of U.S. Highway 59 and Victory Drive to draw people in, and this year's show, entitled "Harvest of Quilts," was attended by nearly 300 people.
Once inside, visitors found eight vendor booths which offered a wide variety of quilting fabrics, patterns, and notions for shoppers. Several free workshops - put on by several of the vendors as well as by Quilt Batt members - were available, each showcasing new techniques and "tools of the trade." Betty Bilney hosted a quilt turning, featuring antique quilts, and shared their pattern names and histories with the audience.
Lunch was available for visitors, as well as coffee, cookies, and rolls from the 4-H Cavalier group.
Visitors to the show were asked to cast their votes in two categories - a Quilt Challenge, where members were given two fat quarters, 18" x 22" pieces of fabric, and told they could add other fabrics, as well as a three- dimensional object such as a button or bow and their project must contain a star. The finished project could not be larger than 48" x 48". The winner of the challenge was Janette Woodall from Cleghorn, who did a machine appliquéd wall hanging featuring an angel.
The big drawing card of the show was the raffle quilt, made by members of the group and quilted by Kim Barrett of Quilt N Kaboodle in Downtown Cherokee. This year's raffle quilt was done in fall colors and featured rows of stars. The members sold chances in advance as well as at the show. The lucky winner was Marianne Nielson of Sutherland who also received two matching pillow cases and an accent pillow. Marianne tells us she recently repainted her bedroom and the new quilt matches her décor perfectly.
The Cherokee Quilt Batts group is composed of approximately 50 members from Cherokee and the surrounding area, and their main objective is to promote the art of quilting.
The group meets on the third Tuesday of every month at 7 pm in the basement of St. Paul's United Methodist Church in Cherokee. They have a short business meeting, program, and then share "show and tell."
The Quilt Batts put on a quilt show every three years and also conduct workshops, have a yearly "quilt retreat," and get together for special service projects, such as Christmas stockings for servicemen serving overseas.
New members are always welcome.