Quilt show to 'cover' museum expenses

Annual fund raiser will help historical society open museum
by: Contributed photo, The Sandy Historical Society’s 2006 Raffle Quilt is shown here with two of the five individuals who created the quilt, Pat Lee (left) and Shirley Crow. Not shown are Janet Bacon, Dianne Brines, and Vivian Bighaus. This quilt will be on display at the Historical Society’s 8th Annual Quilt Show at Sandy High School July 14-16. Raffle tickets may be purchased at $1 each or 6 for $5. Profits go toward the completion of the new museum being built in Sandy.

When an organization holds only one primary fundraiser each year, you know it has to be good. When that fundraiser is a quilt show in the middle of July, you know it will be great. That's exactly what the Sandy Historical Society is planning for this weekend when it hosts its annual Quilt Show.

This will be the eighth year for the show, which runs from Friday through Sunday at the Sandy High School. Quilts from area artisans will be on display, with a panel of judges picking the best examples to receive ribbons. The festivities will also include demonstrations of various quilting techniques, vendors selling quilting wares, a raffle, and door prizes given away every hour.

The society's only fundraiser of the year is especially crucial this year, since the group needs eleventh hour funds for its new museum to open before 2007.

'We'd really like to see people come out and support the Historical Society,' said Shirley Crow, co-chairperson of the show. 'We want to open the new building by the end of the year.'

While organizers expect this year's show to attract up to 1,000 people - up from last year's 600 - they are quick to note that part of the charm of their show lies in the fact that they accept a variety of items from anybody who wants to participate, even beginners.

'In the past we've had children enter their first quilting project,' said Crow. 'We take whatever people enter, from a large bed quilt to a table runner to a pillow.'

The proceeds from the quilt show will go to the building fund for the new Historical Society building, which will likely open by the end of the year. Dennis Crow, a Society board member, noted, the Quilt Show is a vital key to the building and also represents part of the museum's mission.

'I think the quilt show is going to demonstrate the history that's woven into the life of Sandy, because a lot of the historic quilts come from Sandy people.' Dennis said. 'It's so integrated with our purpose, the show is an historical event.'

Among the local quilters and groups that are expected to attend are the Skip-A-Week Quilters from Garfield. The club has been in existence since 1921 and counts a number of great-granddaughters of original members in their roster. They will have a rack set up with examples of their quilts and will also be demonstrating hand-quilting techniques.

Although this is the first year they will be a part of the Historical Society Quilt Show, the group is excited to participate.

'It's a wonderful opportunity for the community to come and see what quilting can be all about,' noted Skip-A-Week member Pat Lee. 'It's one of the fastest growing hobbies in the nation and it comprises a huge industry. There's been a resurgence of interest in young women.'

A local quilter, Bonnie Lippincott Gallagher, who took up quilting only ten years ago but has mad a name for herself in the quilting world, will also be at the Quilt Show. Her Village Kids Project provides quilts to local kids and families that have been through a traumatic event. Quilt Show participants can help with the project by designing blocks for future quilts. As Dennis Simons, a chaplain for Sandy Police and Fire Departments, knows, it's a project that has a profound effect on those it touches.

'It's amazing to watch,' said Simons, who distributes the quilts. 'You give a quilt to the children, and their parents sometimes, and wrap it around them and they snuggle up into them. It's an incredible thing,'