LANCASTER – The Antelope Valley Quilt Association welcomes one and all to its annual quilt show this coming weekend.
Titled “Fire in the Sky,” the 37th annual Quilt Show and Auction will be held at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds, Van Dam Pavilion, on Saturday, May 17, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
On display will be approximately 100 beautiful quilts made by members, including a special collection of quilts by featured artist Pat Stauning.
There will also be exhibits of patriotic quilts made for veterans and comfort quilts made for charitable groups in the Antelope Valley.
A number of vendors and crafters will be selling items, such as books, fabric, sewing and quilting tools, and jewelry.
The always-anticipated quilt auction starts at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday. Beautiful quilts of all sizes, from table runner to bed-size, will be put up for auction.
The quilt guild has created a beautiful star quilt that will be raffled at the end of the show. In addition, Bolts in the Bathtub Quilt Shop on Lancaster Boulevard has donated a $500 gift certificate to be raffled.
There also will be raffle baskets filled with items according to theme, such as a Chocolate Lover’s basket, Sewing basket and Baby Girl or Boy Basket. Tickets for all raffle drawings are $1 each or six for $5.
Admission to the “Fire in the Sky” Quilt Show and Auction is just $7. Admission is free for children under 12 and husbands accompanying their wives to the show. Parking is also free.
More on this year’s featured quilter, Pat Stauning*
Born in Newport, Rhode Island, this year’s Featured Artist, Pat Stauning, moved to the Antelope Valley in 1977 via the U.S. Air Force. Pat worked on Edwards Air Force Base for 25 years and retired in 2003 as a Financial Services Officer. Three months later she joined the guild.
“I started sewing when I was in junior high school when I took Home Economics. The one thing we made was an apron, which I gave to my grandmother,” Pat stated, adding that she still has that apron today. “I did a lot of garment sewing when I was younger, but today it’s all about quilting!”
As an active member of the Antelope Valley Quilt Association, Pat has held a number of chair positions, including seven years as Scholarship Committee Chair. She has also been Treasurer and Secretary. She is the leader in charge of the Prayer Quilt Ministry at Lancaster United Methodist Church, where Antelope Valley Quilt Association meetings are held.
Pat loves all aspects of quilting and has made over 100 quilts.
With four children, three stepchildren, eight grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, you can imagine who the fortunate recipients of most of Pat’s hard work must be.
The Antelope Valley Quilt Association is a non-profit quilt guild organized for charitable purposes and dedicated to promoting the appreciation of quilts through education.