Have you ever wanted to learn more about quilting? Are you interested in the history of a quilt in your home?
If so, be sure to stop by the Garfield Skip-A-Week Club's annual quilt show, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, July 21, and Saturday, July 22, at Estacada First Baptist Church, 29101 S.E. Eagle Creek Road.
The group is the longest running quilting group in Oregon, and the event will feature more than 100 quilts, all of which were created by members.
This year, the show's featured quilter will be Skip-A-Week Club member Sharon Young. She estimates she will have up to 25 quilts on display and is honored to be featured.
"It's nice that the girls appreciate what I do, and like it well enough to have it displayed," she said.
Though some quilters have been practicing their craft for most of their lives, Young became interested in quilting after she retired.
"I used to make tents with my husband, and we sold the business several years ago and I was looking for something to do," she said. "I can't just sit there. I'm not a TV watcher."
Young was inspired to take up quilting — and join the Skip-A-Week Club — after seeing their annual show one summer.
In addition to finished products on display, the show will feature a series of quilting demonstrations, so those who are interested in the craft can learn more.
There will also be documentation demonstrations, during which Skip-A-Week Club members will show how they analyze quilts to learn more about the era in which they were created. Typically, the documentation process involves acquiring a history of the quilt and its maker and a physical study of the quilt. If the textile's owner is unsure of its origins, much of the history can often be ascertained from the quilt itself. The process also takes into account the quilt's color, fabric, embellishments, pattern design and binding, among other elements.
Documentation demonstrations will take place at 2 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday. Those interested in having a quilt documented should contact Claire Kellogg at 503-632-6576. The cost is $10.
The quilt show will also feature door prizes, refreshments and a raffle.
Many people also enjoy the event's friendly atmosphere.
"I love the friendships," Young said. "I like seeing people impressed with what we do."