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Sandy Historical Society hosts 13th annual quilt show

by: contributed photo “Bridges in Time,” the 2011 quilt show raffle quilt, was created by the Quilting and Fiber Arts Club of Sandy. Raffle tickets are available at the show, but the raffle will be held July 24 at the Fly-in Cruise-in.

More than 180 pictorial, appliquéd, embroidered and pieced quilts will line the walls of the Sandy High School gymnasium this weekend.

The Sandy Historical Society hosts its 13th annual quilt show Friday through Sunday.

This year's featured quilter, Karla Alexander, is a nationally recognized designer, instructor and author from Saginaw Street Quilting Company. She is best known for her 'Stack the Deck' series.

In addition to demonstrating techniques used in her books, including a new curved piecing technique, Alexander will sell books and patterns.

'She adds a wow factor to the event,' Denise Rigsbee said.

The show includes 19 textile art vendors -- one with scissors, rotary blades and knife sharpening onsite -- along with exhibits, hourly door prizes and a grand door prize of a three-day and two-night quilt retreat for four at Fagan's Haven Bed and Breakfast in Damascus. Montavilla Sewing Center will host a double booth with sewing machines.

A handful of quilts will be for sale, and attendees have the opportunity to vote for their favorite quilt as 'best of show.'

Among the exhibits is a block exchange displaying an assortment of items, including a purse and jacket, made from one fabric.

'It's an artistic slant,' Rigsbee said.

There will also be a quilt challenge, in which participants create something unique to the fabrics they buy. Completed challenge pieces will be featured in next year's quilt show.

'I love to see the creativity of artists in this community,' said Shirley Crow, an event chairwoman. 'It's a treat.'

The annual quilt show benefits the Sandy Historical Society museum and has raised more than $70,000 since 1999. This year's proceeds will be used to complete computer equipment upgrades, purchase archival supplies, and restore a covered wagon.

'Bridges in Time' is the theme of this year's raffle quilt, which was created by Quilting and Fiber Arts Club of Sandy. Twelve scenic bridge images adorn an autumnal backdrop on the quilt. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

The quilt will be featured at the show, but the raffle drawing will be held July 24 at the Sandy Kiwanis Fly-in Cruise-in.

Quilt Show tickets are $5 for adults, $3.50 for seniors and youth, and $12 for a three-day pass. Children younger than five get in for free. Tickets may be purchased at the door.

Drawing quilters from Clackamas, Estacada, Gresham, Milwaukie, Portland and Vancouver, past years' shows have seen crowds of 800 to 1,000. More than 50 volunteers help to host the show.