The 23rd annual Crystal Quilters quilt show takes place this Friday and Saturday at the Enumclaw Expo Center, 45224 284th Ave. S.E., Enumclaw.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days. Admission is a $6 donation and those taking a nonperishable food item will receive a “fat quarter” from Crystal Quilters.
The Guild hosts its “Sharing Our Stitches” in the fall of each year and has grown from a very small show 23 years ago to one that now displays 300 quilts. Activities throughout the show will include quilting demonstrations and a country store with items for sale. Vendors will be offering some of the latest quilting-related products as well as a sharpening service for scissors, knives and tools. The tea room will provide an area where attendees can rest and enjoy a cup of tea (or coffee) and a cookie (donations will be accepted).
This year’s featured quilter is Enumclaw’s Cathy Dormaier, who has been sewing and quilting since her junior high days. After retiring in 2005, she really got involved in quilting. She enjoys making contemporary and Asian quilts and loves the process of picking out fabric for each one. She has 46 quilts in this year’s show.
This year’s raffle quilt (84 inches square), titled “Labyrinth,” will be on display during the show. Tickets are $1. The drawing will be at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29. Those entering the raffle need not be present to win.
Crystal Quilters Guild began 26 years ago with a few women dedicated to the art of quilting. They were interested in learning, sharing, teaching and making sure that this art form would be passed on to future generations. Today’s membership includes more than 50 members, including two of the original, founding members.
In addition to making quilts for themselves, members are busy making “comfort” quilts to donate to a variety of area charities. All fabric for these quilts has been donated by members of the guild as well as many community members.
To learn more about the Guild, visit http://crystalquiltersofenumclaw.blogspot.com.