Woodcarvers & Quilt Expo

quiltOn August 19, 20 and 21, Blue Earth will welcome a host of carvers and quilters in the 33rd Annual Woodcarvers and Quilt EXPO to be held in Unity Hall at Blue Earth Area High School.  Hours of the EXPO are 4-8 pm on Friday, 10 am-5 pm on Saturday, and noon-4 pm on Sunday.  Adult admission is only $5; children under 12 are admitted free.  A three day pass is $8. An Opening Night reception is scheduled for Friday from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm with complimentary beverage and snacks for all attendees.

The featured Quilter for this year’s EXPO is Sandy Sorgenfrie of Fairmont, who is well known for her fearless and uninhibited use of color and pattern.  Sandy has displayed quilts in the EXPO for many years. Special guest Sandi Irish – of Irish Chain Quilt Designs – will present a lecture and trunk show at 2:00 pm on Saturday. This trunk show is generously sponsored by Heartland Embroidery of Blue Earth, Calico Hutch Quilt Shop of Hayward, and Old Alley Quilt Shop of Sherburn. There will be a number of special displays – a series of quilts inspired by the Tula Pink 100 Modern Quilt Blocks book will be displayed, and a series of comfort quilts, as well as a dozen quilts by the Block Swappers. This year’s exchange was red and white star blocks. The carving contact for the EXPO is Bruce Ankeny.

Local quilters will be presenting ongoing demonstrations throughout the EXPO.  The popular EXPO Walking Tours will return again. In addition to the quilts and carvings, there will be a display honoring Joan Rustad Huisman – a local quilter who passed away this past year.

Hundreds of woodcarvings and quilts will be on display.  Quilt supplies can be purchased from vendors, and quilters and non-quilters alike can purchase any number of lovely items from the Quilt Boutique.  There will be People’s Choice winners for the displayed quilts, and viewers will also be asked to vote as the local carvers participate in the annual Santa contest. Quilts in the “Pumpkin Spice” challenge will also be displayed. The annual EXPO Challenge is sponsored by Wells Federal.

The EXPO is under the sponsorship of the Blue Earth Valley Quilters and local woodcarvers.  The local chapter of PEO will be serving food on Saturday and Sunday at the EXPO.  Don’t miss this unique display of hundreds of carvings and quilts all under one roof at the 33rd Annual Upper Midwest Woodcarvers and Quilt EXPO.  For more information contact EXPO Chair Mike Ellingsen at 507-526-5808 or ellingsen@bevcomm.net.

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