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2/10/2018
Rainy Day Quilters to show their skills at quilt show
Jean Mackie, left, and Judy Madden hold up the raffle quilt for the Rainy Day Quilters Quilt Show on Wednesday at The Plaza mall. The show will be on Feb. 17 and Feb. 18 at Ted Ferry Civic Center. Staff photo by Alaina Bartel


By ALAINA BARTEL
Daily News Staff Writer

Anyone interested in seeing some beautiful quilts — and a few ugly ones — should stop by the Rainy Day Quilters 27th annual Quilt Show on Feb. 17 and Feb. 18.

New this year, the quilt guild will be hosting an ugly quilt exhibit, which will be displayed among more than 100 quilts made by about 70 members of the group at the Ted Ferry Civic Center for this year’s show.

“(It’s) a way of showing that everything we make is not a thing of beauty,” said Judy Madden, co vice president of the Rainy Day Quilters.

The free event will open at 10 a.m. and run until 6 p.m. on Feb 17, and will reopen at 10 a.m. and go until 4 p.m. on Feb. 18. This year’s show is dedicated to quilter Mary Larsen, who passed away last year. A few of her quilts will be on display for the community to enjoy.

Those familiar with the quilt show can expect a few of the same events and exhibits as last year, such as the Quilts of Valor presentation at 2 p.m. on Feb. 18. This year, the quilt guild has 15 quilts to present to local veterans.

Jean Mackie, the co-president of the Rainy Day Quilters, said the presentation is special this year.

“A lot of the veterans that we’re presenting to this year, a good share of them are connected in some way — whether it be a relative or close friend — somehow they’re connected, with the exception of just a few, to a quilt guild member,” Mackie said.

Mackie added they plan on presenting Quilts of Valor, made by members of the Rainy Day Quilters, for years to come. The group presented six on Veterans Day last year, and 19 overall in 2017. She noted the guild takes recommendations for who should receive one.  

“If there is somebody who has a veteran they would like to see receive a Quilt of Valor, they should contact a quilt guild member, so that we can put them on our list,” Mackie said. “There’s no guarantee when they’ll get it, we have an ongoing list and it depends on how many quilts we get done in a year.”

Madden and Mackie noted that since the Quilts of Valor presentation is at 2 p.m. on Feb. 18 this year, it will effect one event in particular. The silent auction will be held both days, but will end at noon on Feb. 18.

Other exhibits planned for both days include the raffle quilt, make-and-take, and the i-Spy game for families.

The raffle quilt is the main fundraiser for the quilt guild, as it pays for the show to be put on, their many community service projects and for them to bring a national quilting teacher to the First City.

A planning committee organizes the blocks for the raffle quilt, and quilt guild members volunteer to make blocks for the quilt — which has an array of blues and teal colors in it this year.

“It’s more modern than we’ve done in the past,” Madden said.

The make-and-take exhibit will be an area where people can stop and work on a sewing or quilting project and take it home. Even those who have never quilted will be able to participate, as the small project is for any level of sewer or quilter.

For those looking to do more than look at the many quilts, the i-Spy game is suggested. Quilt guild members will make a list of certain items found in quilts around the Ted Ferry Civic Center, and people will have to find those items — like a butterfly or a word.

At the end, they can turn in their forms and be entered to win a prize.

“It’s really a good way for people to really actually look at the quilt,” Mackie said.

“They really study them a lot more thoroughly,” Madden chimed in.

Mackie said the quilt show is just a way for the quilters to give back to the community and show their creations, and people should come to spend time with their families.

“(And) see a different kind of artwork,” Madden added.