PUBLISHED: 4:54 PM on Wednesday, March 5, 2008
Quilters guild to host show
The timeless art of quilting will be showcased Mar. 8-9 in the annual Capital City Quilters show and silent auction. The free event is made free to the public because of the silent auction of the quilts. There will be approximately 100 quilts in the show, ranging from king size to miniature.

The guild itself will vote on the different categories of quilts Saturday and ribbons will be awarded Sunday. Saturday will also be a day available for the public to vote on their favorite quilt.

The guild started back in the mid 80's with a group of three women, said Joanne Wilder, vice president and co-chair of the guild.

"Now there are about 100 members meeting the third Tuesday of every month at Floyd Dryden. At times we have had well over 100 members," she said.

Capital City Quilters also uses their talent to help sponsor many community activities, as well as provide assistance to those in need.

"We provide, several hundred pillowcases and receiving blankets donated to the AWARE shelter every year. We also donate quilts for police cars for emergencies," said Wilder.

About 200-300 quilts are produced by the club every year.

"I have been quilting for over 20 years," said Wilder who is now teaching her nine-year-old granddaughter how to quilt.

"One of my grandmothers had quilted, I have always liked sewing and quilts seemed more fun because you don't have to put in pleats," Wilder said.

The guild is for quilters in all stages of life. Members' ages range from people in their 20s to 80s. "Age is not a prerequisite," Wilder said.

The guild also has what they call a UFO every month (Unfinished Objects), where they get together in the morning and work on their unfinished projects well into the day.

The auction will be at ballroom 3 on Egan Drive from 10-5 on Saturday and 11-5 on Sunday. There will be quilting demos throughout the weekend, as well as a door prize and a handmade wall hanging.

"We would love to have you come join us," said Wilder. "And if you don't know how to quilt, that's not a problem. We are happy to teach you.

Meetings are at Floyd Dryden the third Tuesday of every month.