Guild to put on Fiber Arts Festival

FAIRMONT — The Prairie Star Quilt Guild will be putting on a Fiber Arts Festival from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, at the Fairmont Evangelical Covenant Church. The Prairie Star Quilt Guild puts on a large quilt show every other year and in the off year they’ve done a style show. This year they’ve expanded it in order to offer a bigger event.

The Prairie Star Quilt Guild is made up of quilters of all different levels and talents. It was organized nearly 40 years ago and to this day has about 60 members from around the area including Fairmont, Truman, St. James, Welcome and northern Iowa to name a few places.

“Our members were thinking we needed to do a little more than just a style show, so this is the first year we’re doing something like this,” said Barb Mager, President of the Guild.

Guild member Carolyn Seidel added, “We want to incorporate more and educate people to the different things you can do with fiber arts. That’s part of our mission is to instruct and share quilting ideas and knowledge.”

“We’re still doing the style show, but in addition we’re doing a bed turning and different demonstrations of different types of fiber arts,” Seidel said.

The style show will take place at 11 a.m. in which different members who have made garments will model their work.

The bed turning is similar to a trunk show. Different handmade quilts from a variety of eras and of different techniques will be shown separately. The bed turning will be done at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

There will be different demonstrations going on throughout the day. About 12 different demonstrations will be done of all different arts including Trapunto by Lin Hilgendorf, machine embroidery by Cari Meyer, thread painting by Marlys Emerson, hand appliqué by Nancy Paris and Hardanger by Joyce Kollasch. Yvonne Cory also will be doing a treadle machine demonstration.

Seidel said that at each demonstrations they’ll be giving out direction sheet handouts for anyone interested in learning more about each different art.

“A lot of people enjoy doing hand-craft things that deal with fibers other than quilting, such as crocheting and knitting and rug-hooking,” Mager said.

“Buttons are kind of the theme. They’re going to have a button challenge, showing how you can use buttons in different ways. They can be in jewelry, wall hangings, garments. We’re going to have a display of different items that are created with buttons,” Seidel said.

A boutique with a variety of handmade goods made by Prairie Star members will be set up where items can be purchased. There will also be food available for purchase throughout the day.

Tickets for the Fiber Arts Festival can be bought at the door for $5. Tickets enter you in to a drawing for a $3,500 Martelli Sewing Station. The sewing station will be demonstrated at the monthly Guild meeting held at 1:30 p.m. today at the Covenant Church with door prizes and lunch served. The event is open to all interested persons with no admission charge.