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Quilt Gatherings

Each of the three districts periodically hosts a "Quilt Gathering", bringing a variety of quilt programs to all areas of the state. These programs give us the opportunity to reach out to all quilters, whether they are members or not, and share our love of this enduring art.


Information about the next Quilt Gathering will be posted here as soon as it becomes available.


Recent Gatherings

DISTRICT I QUILT GATHERING - TRUNK SHOW
On Saturday, November 8th quilters of southeast Nebraska met at the NPPD Offsite Response Facility in Auburn to share a fun and educational afternoon. Lynn LaBalle of Auburn welcomed 60 quilters, as they arrived for the event.

Prior to the program, attendees could view the 2015 NSQG raffle quilt and purchase tickets from Marie Clark, Connie Jensen, and Joan Waldman. Just Wright Sharpening of Lincoln was on hand to sharpen scissors and knives. There was also a quilt display of holiday quilts by local quilters.

As the program began, Marilyn Rembolt, Region 1 Director, welcomed everyone to Auburn and the Quilt Gathering. Marilyn also invited people to join the Nebraska State Quilt Guild. Sharon Clark, Region 1 Director, introduced Marie Clark. Marie gave a short presentation on the designing and construction of the 2015 NSQG raffle quilt. Next, Sandi Kosch told everyone about Quilt Nebraska 2015 which would be held in Norfolk on July 24 – 26. Save the date cards were distributed to all in attendance.
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Thanks to District Reps in top left of photo. Marilyn Rembolt (back left) and Sharon Clark (back right). Also pictured are NSQG Raffle Quiltmakers Joan Waldman (front left) and Marie Clark (front right). Not pictured are quiltmakers Gloria Miller and Kris Vierra. Top right photo shows Barb Fife of Overland Park, KS.
The featured quilter of the day was Barb Fife of Overland Park, Kansas, formerly of Auburn. Barb presented a trunk show of thirty of her quilts. She shared the stories of her quilts and her expertise in quilting as she displayed quilts that showcased her talents in machine appliqué, embroidery and piecing. Pam and Nikita Estrada assisted Barb Fife by holding and folding quilts.

Kelly Ashton, quilt designer and author of Overland Park, Kansas was on hand to sign her new book “Hexagon, Diamonds, Triangles and More.” Kelly provided demonstrations on the use of her templates featured in her new book.

Following the program refreshments were served in the lobby.
Thank you to the volunteers who helped to make the day a success.
Door prizes were donated by Fabric Fairie, Needles I, Kelly Ashton, Sharon Clark and Linda Hug. Sharon Clark, Region 1 Director and Jill Vanderboegh, Region 1 Director-elect planned the event.

Submitted by Jill Vanderboegh

DISTRICT II QUILT GATHERING - QUILTS OF LOCAL COLOR
The NSQG District II Quilt Gathering was held at Zion Lutheran Church in Albion Nebraska on Saturday September 12, 2014. Chairman Janet Atkinson greeted the 54 quests who came from seventeen communities. Quilts were hung on the walls which included the Hawaiian quilts by Bonnie Hagemann of Lindsey, and Rising Star which was a raffle quilt made by Sandy McMillan and Laura Franchini.

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Presenters at the Quilts of Local Color
Back: Jeanine Peeks and Nancy Shavlik
Front: Janet Person and Carol Kusek
Donna Iwan of Albion shared her quilt, given in memory of their son Ed, who gave his life for us in service to his country. This was a quilt that had been presented to them following his death. Carol Kusek of Albion told of her love of color. In her show and tell about “Color my World” we saw the color in the quilts she displayed. They were of all sizes and some were seasonal quilts. She also splashed in humor with her colorful stories. Nancy Shavlik of rural Bartlett, a busy ranch wife, said “Who has time to Quilt?” but then she showed her many quilts, with applique done by hand. Her quilts were a feast for the eyes. She did find time to quilt and they were beautifully done. Nancy and her sister, Barbara Shepherdson from Mason City had many stories to tell about their years growing up.

Janet’s daughter, Jeanine Peeks of Lincoln brought her baskets of doll quilts and a few of her doll beds which she also had furnished with bedding-with ticking mattresses, pillow cases and sheets fashioned from vintage pillowcases. Jeanine’s doll quilts had various patterned quilts which were often made with one inch squares. Laura Peeks assisted her mother. This was followed by a catered lunch and time to view the quilts. Cheryl Krohn displayed her various punch needle projects. Donna Kruse had many wool hooked rugs in various themes. Ellen Norskov and her work with Hardanger, a Scandinavian handwork, drew much attention. All are from Albion. Jan Person, also from Albion, brought her newly married niece, Anna, and we got to see the “Thirteen Quilts for the Bride” which she had made for Anna, a take off from when the brides always made 12 quilts and then just before her marriage friends would quilt her bridal quilt. The thirteen were all genres and sizes and they were a sight to behold. The bridal quilt was a dazzling red and white and contained 7000 pieces.

All of our presenters were amazing and their handiwork was awesome. Sandy Kosch of Shelby, promoted the Quilt Nebraska 2015 to be held in Norfolk Ne on July 23-25 for the first time ever. National teachers will be there as well as Nebraska teachers. Joan Waldman of Platte Center, and Gloria Miller of Columbus, were promoting the 2015 NSQG Raffle quilt called “Shimmering Stars designed by Joan, Gloria and Marie Clark of Columbus. Carol Kusek revealed how you could become a member of NSQG and also gave information on FRIENDS of the International Quilt Study Center in Lincoln. These members raise funds for the Quilt House,which is expanding. Janet encouraged the women attending to view the 32 quilts at the Samaritan Estates Assisted Living. Many of the women went to view the quilts furnished by women from the surrounding area.

Submitted by Janet Atkinson