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New Things Happening for the Quilt Show: Classes & Appraisals

By the Quilt Lady: Billie Ruth Standbridge, Lone Star Heritage Quilt Guild

Trish Stuart, on the right, points out new techniques to guild member Tammy Ologue. If you take Trish's class at the Fall Festival Quilt Show, you will not be down on the floor. Trish is innovative, but we'll be traditional and use tables.

August 21, 2005 - Last week's article focused on the uniqueness of our live quilt auction, which is coming up to our third year. From 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., a come and go preview of the auction quilts will take place on the evening of Friday, Sept. 16, at the Sulphur Springs Public Library, providing the opportunity for the public to view all of the auction quilts at one time prior to the actual auction the following day. On Sept. 17, auctioneer Wade Bartley will begin the auction at 10:30 a.m. at the Coca-Cola Gazebo on the Civic Center stew grounds. So along with the fabulous aroma of the stew wafting over the grounds will be the auctioneering patter drawing you over to see the beautiful works the ladies have produced. Here's your opportunity -- one of these could be yours.

Moving on to new happenings, what is this about classes and appraisals? The concept of classes and appraisals at a quilt show isn't new, but it's a first for our quilt show. During the show, for the small fee of $5, you will have the opportunity to attend classes taught by two exceptionally talented quilters: Trish Stuart, an international quilting instructor, lecturer and creator of patterns; and Brenda Jeschke, an award winning quilter, teacher and director of the Tyler Quilt Show for three years.

There will be two classes per day, the first starting at 10 a.m. and the second at 1:30 p.m. Trish Stewart will be at her booth on Friday, Sept. 16, to meet and greet quilters. Some of her finished works will be on display, along with her ink supplies and patterns. With a sense of humor, Trish will introduce you to the method of using ink, crayons, shading and enhancing traditional appliqué, in her lecture on "Color in Your Quilts." In her second class on "Curves Made Simple," she promises that you will never be intimidated by sewing curves again. She has developed a simple foolproof method for sewing curves, and you will be shown a variety of quilts using this technique, which can be adapted to traditional quilts and free-form art quilts.

Brenda Jeschke, our Saturday guest lecturer on "What Judges Look For and Tips on Improving Your Quilts," is an award-winning quilter who has been the director of the Tyler Quilt Show for the past several years. Her passion, hand quilting and appliqué, are skills she has shared with many quilters, both new and experienced. Brenda's experience producing shows and assisting judges, frequent lecturing, and quilting award-winning quilts puts her in the position of knowing what judges look for. What are the differences between "good" quilts and an "excellent" quilt? You may know your weaknesses or shortcomings, but not necessarily how to improve them. Brenda uses her own quilts to demonstrate tips on improving.

Regardless of experience, all are welcome, as long as classroom space permits. To guarantee your space, we recommend that you sign in at the guild table when you arrive. This will be a fun, informative experience from two talented ladies. Don't miss them!

Quilt appraisals: Who wants them, and how would you use them? Lisa Erlandson, a certified quilt appraiser from Gainseville, will be available at the quilt show on Saturday, Sept. 17, to answer just those questions for you.

Some of the reasons might be 1) to establish a replacement value for insurance purposes, 2) for protection if the quilt is shipped, or 3) to determine the value for a donation, gift or estate purposes for the IRS.

Ms. Erlandson's literature indicates there are three basic types of appraisals: Insurance Appraisals, Fair Market Appraisals, and a Tax Donation Appraisal.

After determining the type of appraisal, how do you set a value for the quilt? The monetary value of a quilt is based on five different criteria: (1) Condition; (2) Age; (3) Workmanship; (4) Historical Interest; and (5) Design.

Many quilts are valuable pieces of our family histories and need the protection of a written appraisal in case of loss, theft or damage. Would you want your grandmother's quilt to be valued the same as a blanket from a discount store?

In order for Ms. Erlandson to have adequate time to do her appraisals, they will be done by appointment, in a private classroom setting, starting at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Fall Festival Quilt Show. If your quilt is hanging in the show, she can appraise it there, if you choose. If it is not in the show, bring all of the quilts you want judged to the gym, with as much information about each quilt as you can gather. The fee per quilt is $30. To make your appointment in advance of the quilt show, e-mail quiltlady@neto.com using "appointment time" as the subject, or call Billie Ruth at 903-439-0862 for an appointment time.

This month's guild meeting will be a working meeting in preparation for the quilt show. As always, visitors are welcome, and we would be delighted if you wished to help on a committee for the show. There's always a job (several, as a matter of fact) for everybody. Mark your calendar for Monday, Aug. 22, at the Senior Citizens Activity Center, at 5:30 p.m. (or as soon as you can get there). The "Welcome" sign will be out.

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