Saturday and Sunday, an assortment of exhibits and activities will be held in both cities.
The Massac Quilters Guild Quilt show combines quilting instruction, classes and demonstrations for an event of “super” measure at the Harrah’s Riverfront Event Center in Metropolis, while exhibits, demonstrations and lectures by known experts will be featured at The National Quilt Museum. Many of the activities are either free or low cost.
The Massac Quilters Guild Quilt Show will feature a Super Block Challenge and exhibitors demonstrating needlework, basket making and more. The block challenge is open to all quilters. The Fat Quarter Frenzy is back this year. Attendees are asked to bring one Fat Quarter for a chance to win all of them.
Mary DeRay will be giving a workshop titled, Asian Influence on a Material Girl. During the workshop, participants will learn the unique stitching know as Sashiko. Sashiko is a technique that is centuries old and came from the Japanese culture.
Also, Sally Terry will be giving a workshop titled, Choose the Right Quilting Pattern to Stitch on Your Quilt Tops in Minutes. Quilters who take this workshop will learn the secrets needed for a beautiful overall look and learn to choose the perfect quilting patterns to take a quilt to blue ribbon level.
On Saturday, individuals are invited to join Joyce Renella for her lecture on Dramatic Effects from One Fabric and Mary Sowell for a lecture about, Strips, Stripez and Strings.
Appearing on Sunday will be Calico Country Sew & Vac speaking about Machine Applique and Jean Shaw with a lecture titled, True Confessions-My Love Affair with Fabric.
Something new this year a “Shop Hop,” which will be held all day Saturday. There will be several shops in Metropolis and Paducah for everyone to visit. Individuals can participate in the Shop Hop to win prizes.
In conjunction with the Super City/Quilt City Connection, quilts and coverlets from the collections of the Massac County Historical Society, members and friends will be on display from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Elijah P. Curtis Home, 405 Market St.
The public is invited to view these varied examples of traditional fiber arts, which are displayed through the 1870 era home.
There is no admission charge.
Among the schedule of events for Paducah at the quilt museum are:
• 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Quilt Exhibits — The Museum Collection. Visitors can see the “Best of the Best” quilts worldwide.
• 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Celebration Quilts will be on sale. Fiber artists with quilts in the museum’s collection have donated small quilts to raise funds for The National Quilt Museum. More than 30 quilts remain available.
• 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.: Baste-In! Don’t have the room or expertise to finish a quilt? Individuals are asked to bring a quilt top, batting, backing and pins, and volunteers will pin baste it for $5 or one-half yard of fabric. Registration is required by calling 270-442-8856.
• 2:30–3 p.m.: Sisters Choice Demonstration. This design and color theory demonstration by Judy Schwender, museum curator/registrar will focus on how to put fabrics together. Participants will learn the process they should go through to give a quilt energy. Free.
• 3–3:30 p.m.: Behind the Scenes Guided Tour by Schwender. Visitors will get a look behind the scenes and see how the museum puts its exhibits together, followed by a guided tour of the exhibit, The Exquisite Stitch. Free with regular admission.
• 1–5 p.m.: Quilt Exhibits — The Museum Collection. Visitors can see the “Best of the Best” quilts worldwide.
• 1–5 p.m.: Celebration Quilts will be on sale. Fiber artists with quilts in the museum’s collection have donated small quilts to raise funds for The National Quilt Museum. More than 30 quilts remain available.
For more information, call Metropolis Tourism at 877-424-5025 or The National Quilt Museum at 270-442-8856. A complete listing of events is available at www.metropolistourism.com.