Siskiyou County is home to many quilters, with skills ranging from beginning to advanced. Every two years, the Shasta Lily Quilt Guild takes pride in showcasing their talents and sharing the beauty of quilts by presenting the “Quilting Around the Mountain” show.
This year’s show is scheduled to be on display in the Mount Shasta High School gymnasium during Labor Day weekend, Sept. 1 and 2.
The quilt show is open on Saturday, Sept. 1, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 2, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $3 per day.
“Highlighting the show is our Opportunity Quilt, our most ambitious endeavor to date,” according to a Guild press release. “An original design in blues, whites and green, the quilt features paper pieced feathered stars and appliqued geese, fish and flowers typical of the Mt. Shasta area. The quilt includes traditionally pieced blocks, embroidery, and a stunning border. This quilt was sewn by many of the Lilies under the creative leadership of Barbara Hegdal and Bev Loper.”
The Opportunity Quilt will be raffled off, with the winner’s name drawn on Sunday afternoon. Tickets are on sale from any guild member at six for $5 or $1 each.
Two quilters will be featured in the show, and both are described as “truly creative artists with their own distinctive styles.”
• Diana Fogle, “The Accidental Quilter, a 13 year ever changing journey”
Fogle moved to Lake Shastina 13 years ago and joined a weekly quilting group. Prior to that move, she had made two bed quilts the way her grandmother Pearl made them: drawing around templates, cutting with scissors, stitching and quilting by hand.
As stated in the press release, “After joining the Shasta Lily Guild she was sure she was going to carry on the tradition and use reproduction fabrics and stick with the ‘old’ ways. Then she discovered Kaffe Fassett fabrics, a rotary cutter and have never looked back. She is always thinking of new projects and willing to try almost everything. She has participated in several classes and have been, for the most part self-taught. Diana shares, ‘Almost everywhere I look I see a quilt. I really love the joy of creating.’”
• The other featured quilter is Michaela (Mickey) Weston, owner of Weston’s Quilting & Fiber Arts in Mount Shasta, in business since 1968.
Weston is described as “a brilliant multi-media art quilter who has taught fiber arts for over 30 years. Mickey loves to mix unusual items and textures into her quilts. The more you study them, the more details you will find. Her main musing is ‘Can I sew with it or over it?’ If the answer is yes, she does it. If it is no, she will find another way to incorporate it. Her dream is to own a huge workroom the size of a football field where she can do large projects and teach more students.”
Along with the Opportunity Quilt are many handmade boutique items, specialty raffle baskets, door prizes, silent auction items, and a full slate of vendors.
Proceeds from the show go towards the activities of the guild, most of them charitable.
This includes handmade “Linus Quilts” for children up to age 18 who are in need of the comfort provided by a soft blanket. The blankets have gone to both Boles and Napa fire victims, to CASA, to hospital emergency rooms, to Dunsmuir Elementary students, and to individual children brought to our attention, the release states.
“Caring Friends Quilts” are provided to adults suffering from a loss or a medical situation.
“Quilts of Valor” and “Patriotic Quilts” go to veterans, in appreciation of their sacrifice and service to the country.
Each year the Guild provides a scholarship to a graduate of a Siskiyou County high school pursuing a career in a fabric or art related field.
The Guild also assists the local Humane Society by making beds for their animal residents.
“We are truly a nonprofit organization and a community oriented group of volunteers. We love quilting and we love giving back to our local towns and citizens.”
To learn more about the Shasta Lily Quilt Guild, go to: www.shastalily.org.
Questions regarding this year’s quilt show can be directed to Kim Jenkins at 530-938-0575. Questions about entries should be directed to Judy Sartor at 530-926-4158.