Prairie Star Quilt Guild show finds new home

Prairie Star Quilt Guild president Debra Engman is seen with the 2019 opportunity quilt, Prairie Jewels, which will be auctioned off at the group’s quilt show this weekend.

The Prairie Star Quilt Guild’s biannual quilt show will be held Sept. 13-14, with a new location at the Fairmont National Guard Armory.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 13 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14. There is an admission price of $7, which can be paid at the door.

This year’s president, Debra Engman of Fairmont, said that while they used to have the show at Bethel Church in Fairmont, with Bethel’s school — Fairmont Christian School — now in session, they were unable to use the space.

“We had to find a new location and we need quite a large space,” she said. “We are hoping this will work out great for us. We’re excited for it.”

Engman has been in the guild for three years. Each year, it has a featured quilter at the show. Th theme of this year’s show is “Stars on the Prairie.”

“Our stars this year are the James Gang, which are seven members of our guild that live in the St. James area,” Engman said.

Those members are Marlys Emerson, Ellie Forstie, Dorothy Helberg, Marge Johnson, Kathy Luther, Kathy Miest and Anne Sorenson. Their quilts will be showcased.

“We have more than 100 quilts and projects that will be displayed. They’re made by our guild members,” said Engman, adding that they have 70 members from around the area.

A trunk show by Jan Shaffer also will take place. Engman said Shaffer is known for her expertise and beautiful quilting.

There will be a boutique and vendors with items for sale. Demonstrations by different members will take place, and there will be food available all day for purchase.

“Each year the president picks a service project,” Engman said. “My service project this year is the same as the previous president’s. It’s local veterans lap quilts. We’ve made patriotic quilts for our local veterans, which we will distribute after the show.”

Engman said this year’s Opportunity Quilt is called “Prairie Jewels.” Raffle tickets for it are available from guild members and at the show. The quilt is on display now at Profinium bank in Fairmont.

Guild members meet at 1:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month at Fairmont Evangelical Covenant Church. There is also an evening meeting at 5:30 p.m.

“We’ve had quite a few new members this year so we’re excited about that,” Engman said.

“We’re always trying to learn something new each month,” she said. “We have people that come in to show techniques, and we also have a show and share each month to show something we’ve just completed or something we’re working on. It’s always fun to see what everyone is working on. There’s so many different techniques to use in quilting. There’s so much to learn so we learn from each other.”

Engman said the group puts in a lot of effort to make the show possible, but it has always been well-attended. They get visitors from all over the state. This year’s show is special because the guild will honor one of its long-time, dedicated members.

“We will be having a memorial tribute to Barb Mager, who was our president the last two years. Usually we only have a president for one year, but she always went over and above,” she said.