The QuiltFest Table
The QuiltFest Table is the headquarters for Lost and Found, announcements, door prizes, Show pins, DVD’s of the Show, tote bags and Challenge kits.
Each of the Seven Sister guilds has a table where you can get information about the guild and purchase raffle tickets for that guild's opportunity quilt (displayed behind their table). Drawings will be held on Saturday afternoon. You do not have to be present to win.
Brenda Grampsas will be available at the show to appraise both new and old quilts. Brenda is an American Quilter’s Society Certified Appraiser of quilts and quilted textiles, certified in 2005. This certification was obtained following several years of study, mentoring by a certified appraiser, and passing a rigorous testing processing which included written and verbal exams. She is a member of the Professional Association of Appraisers of Quilted Textiles.
Brenda is also a quilt maker, and this is a huge plus when appraising the work of others.Needle turn applique is her favorite method of creating a new quilt. However, she never met a quilt she didn’t like and enjoys mixing pieced, applique and embroidery techniques to create quilts! Scrappy quilts are among her favorites because of her passion for fabric.
Her sewing past includes award-winning clothing construction and tailoring. She spent many summers teaching kids to quilt at Christian Outreach Center in Largo, Florida, where she and her husband, John, served as Founders and Directors before retirement. She is a member of American Quilter’s Society, The Applique Society and is an active member of a local quilt guild “Hidden Stiches” in Largo. Brenda also founded “For His Glory Stitchers” quilt group at her church in Brooksville.
Brenda has a special interest in antique quilts and has had the privilege of documenting the quilt collections of Heritage Village, Largo, Florida and the St. Petersburg Museum of History. Brenda also does restoration of quilts and finds there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do all the stitching she would like. “So many quilts - both new construction and restoration, so little time!” Educating others is accomplished with lectures and trunk shows that showcase many quilts from Brenda’s private collection.
You may visit Brenda's website at http://www.thimbletales.com/index.htm.
Sit and Sew
Is there a young wanna be quilter in your life? Bring them over to the Kids’ Corner where they can learn the basics of using a sewing machine and complete a small quilting project to carry home. Each kid receives individual instruction.
Sit and sew for a while and help us work on a special project. In previous years we have made ditty bags for soldiers, squares which were later made into quilts, and pillowcases. The past two years we have supported ConKerr Cancer, whose goal is to provide children with cheery pillowcases to brighten their hospital stay. In the past seven years, ConKerr Cancer has delivered more than 950,000 pillowcases to 250 hospitals throughout the country. In addition, ConKerr volunteers visit hospitals to sew with the children, breaking up the monotony of long, frightening hospital stays.
Another great project you can help with is Me Dolls, simple muslin dolls given to the patients in Tampa Shriners Childrens Hospital and other children's hospitals. The dolls are made without facial features or clothes because they have a special role. Each child who receives a doll can use a fabric pen to draw a face on it. Then the child’s doctor uses the doll to explain what type of surgery or treatment the child will receive, drawing on the doll to illustrate. You can help by stuffing dolls.