If you’re a quilting enthusiast, or if you just want a fun place to go with the whole family, check out the upcoming Shower of Stars Quilt Show. The event will be held on April 20 and 21 at the Santa Clara Convention Center and will feature excellent creations by members of the Santa Clara Valley Quilters’ Association as well as an assortment of quilting and home-related items for exhibit or sale. The doors open at 10:00 AM and close at 5:00 on Saturday and 4:00 on Sunday. Admission for both days is $10.00 for adults and free for kids 12 and under. Parking is free and plentiful.
If you’re into quilting or want to be, this is the place for you. Demonstrations will be given of quilting, appliqueing, piecing and binding application by hand or machine at various times in the show, so it’s a great place for present or future quilters to pick up tips. In addition to the big exhibit, there will be special displays of small group challenges and a children’s challenge. Members of the SCVQA are encouraged to submit at least one quilt, but second and third submissions will be hung as space allows. There are spaces on the submission form for the submitter to list their first, second and third priorities for display.
One of the features will be a Quilter’s Treasure Chest selling items donated by members. Besides quilts, there will be wall hangings, pillows, quilted post cards and much more…
The modern quilt movement will be represented by a display by the Bay Area Modern Quilt Guild. This movement started online and has grown into a full-blown sensation using unorthodox colors, patterns, piecing and settings. If you think quilts are old-fashioned things only made by grannies, you need to see these adventurous, fun creations by the trailblazers of quilting.
This isn’t just a great place to see quilts. Vendors will be on hand selling fabrics, books, kits, sewing machines and a wide assortment of other items for the enthusiast or beginner. Finished items such as clothes and handbags will also be featured, so this is a great place to get all things related to quilting without having to scour catalogs or the Internet. Skin and lip care products, jewelry and much more will be available.
One of the special events will be the silent auction of a limited edition, computerized Singer sewing machine with a vintage design. It has 24 built-in stitches, an automatic needle threaded, LED lights and other modern features, but it looks like an early model Singer machine. Bidders must submit written bids, and the winner will be announced Sunday at 3:00 PM. You do not need to be present to win.
This will be a great place to find bargains, original artwork, useful items for the home and sewing shop, fun and the fellowship of fellow quilters. Those who don’t quilt will also find plenty to do, and they may even be convinced to give it a try.
- Why do we make quilts? (luanarubin.typepad.com)
- Anatomy of a Wedding Quilt Part II (seehowwesew.wordpress.com)