Recycling The Past

One of the largest quilt shows in the southeast, returns to Jacksonville on September 24-26. The show features a huge quilt gallery with more than 400 quilts, seminars, quilt appraisals, vendors and a kid’s area. Featured speakers include renowned artists Frieda Anderson and Judy Niemeyer. The event also includes a preview party on Wednesday night showcasing the quilts of award winning local quilter, Pat Styring. Several of Pat’s art quilts are in the collection of the National Quilt Museum in Paduka, KY.
The 2009 show theme, Recycling the Past, also reflects the growing national trend of eco-living and recycling. “Our purpose with the theme this year is to feature the true heritage quilting – the first quilters were ‘green’ when it was a necessity. Now quilters recycle fabrics and turn them into art,” said Gail Galloway, the President of QuiltFest Jax. “Our organizations mission is to be a source of information and inspiration, to perpetuate a high quality of excellence in quilting and related arts, and to coordinate an annual exhibition of this art form, QuiltFest.”
For quilters, QuiltFest is an open judged show. Show hours are Thurs & Fri 9 am -6 pm and Sat 9 am – pm. Tickets are $8 daily or $15 for a multiday pass. Thursday is Seniors Day, ages 60 and over receive admission for $7. Prime Osborn Convention Center