2014 Quilt Celebration show takes stage April 11-12

Next month, quilters, guild members and novices alike will gather for the 2014 Quilt Celebration quilt show to showcase their stitchery and marvel at the gallery.


“Hawaiian Stars,” the 2014 Quilt Celebration raffle quilt. Tickets cost $1 and the raffle drawing will be held on Saturday, April 12 at 4 p.m.

Designs crafted by local quilters will be on exhibit and judges will flex their expertise, searching for the top quilt artists to receive cash prizes.

The Oakland County Quilt Guild, which was founded in 1989, hosts the biennial show. The group meets at the First Congregational Church in Rochester every first Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. Each meeting showcases a guest speaker followed by a workshop.

“So the fundraising from this year’s show will go toward these speakers,” said Amy Stricker, a local stitch work artist who opened her own quilt photography shop last year in Troy called Big Creek Studio.

Planning to attend? Stricker shares some highlights of this year’s show:

Beautiful quilts: “Quilts say something about the personality of the maker, or the personality of the person who receives the quilt (if it is made for them),” Stricker said.

And there will be more than 200 to check out!

Vendors will hold booths: Specialty vendors from all areas of Michigan will set up stations geared toward the craft-savvy guests and quilters.

Hawaiian quilt to be raffled: There will also be a quilt raffle. Guests can purchase a ticket, for $1 for a chance to win the showcase quilt called Hawaiian Stars. The raffle drawing begins on Saturday, April 12 at 4 p.m. Even if you don’t win the quilt in mention, Stricker says note cards of the raffle quilt will be available for purchase: a set of five for $5.

Silent auction of mini quilts: Not looking for a large quilt to add to your home? There is truly something for everyone at the show: A silent auction of mini quilts will take place both Friday and Saturday.

“Take a small quilt home!  For a small wall space, centerpiece of a table,” Stricker says.  There will be a host of different throws, each one constructed by Oakland County Quilt Guild members.

If you plan to attend the show, a reminder from an expert: Guests are not allowed to touch the quilts on display. So Stricker will be a designated white glove lady Friday evening.

“If you want to see the back of a quilt, I’ll be wearing gloves and can fold it back for you,” she said, there will be several milling about to share the full quilting experience.

Light refreshments to be run by local high school seniors: The event will also house a small café run by local high school students, aiming to fund their senior class trip. Stop by for a sip!

Event details:

Where: The show is found at the First Baptist Church of Lake Orion, located at 255 East Scripps Road, Lake Orion, MI 48360.

When: The show begins Friday, April 11 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Guests are invited back as the show continues Saturday, April 12 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission: $6 per person

Raffle tickets cost $1 each and the drawing will take place on Saturday, April 12 at 4 p.m.

For more information, please visit www.oaklandcountyquiltguild.com.

Amy Stricker, of Big Creek Studio in Troy, holds a quilt up to compare it to her quilt photograph. Stricker run the quilt photography studio.

Amy Stricker, of Big Creek Studio in Troy, holds a quilt up to compare it to her quilt photograph. Stricker run the quilt photography studio.


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