UPDATE: Quilters to compete at Stories of the Stitch

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By Staff Reports

UPDATED 9/7/12:

The annual Stories of the Stitch quilt show and fiber arts showcase, originally scheduled for Sept. 8, has been rescheduled to Sept. 15.
All times and events will remain the same, said Laura Romanowski of the Arts Council of the Twin Counties. The only change is that Bill and Maggie Anderson will not be able to perform.
Romanowski said that a forecast of heavy rain last Saturday prompted the arts council to cancel the event. There was concern that the weather would hurt attendance, and that rain would damage the quilts and other artworks.
The event will be held this Satruday at the Matthews Living History Farm Museum near Galax, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Ruthanne Sawyer of Elk Creek has been designing and creating one-of-a-kind prize ribbons for Stories of the Stitch since the quilt show began eight years ago.
From “crazy quilt,” embroidered and embellished squares to old-fashioned, custom embroidered medallion ribbons, they are more than just awards, they are works of art.
The quilting categories to be judged will include: hand-pieced and hand-quilted; hand-pieced and machine-quilted; machine-pieced and quilted; appliquéd (hand or machine); other (art, clothing, pillows, etc.); classic quilts (created before 1940); group quilts; and youth (for quilters under age 20).
There is no fee to enter a quilt in the show, and admission is free, as well.
Quilters are asked to keep their quilts hanging until 3:30 p.m. for viewing purposes. Hours for the event are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Arts Council of the Twin Counties invites members of the community to participate through fiber demonstrations and the rental of booths for the sale of their own handcrafted work. The booth fee is $15 and artisans are asked to provide their own tents, tables, and displays.
Scheduled are demonstrations in spinning, weaving and felting, as well as many other fiber-related disciplines.
In addition to the judged quilt show, demonstrations and vendors, the day will include music, food and entertainment for the whole family. The Woods River Chapter of the American Red Cross will provide breakfast for the early birds and a barbeque lunch with all the fixings.

For information on the quilt show or vendor space, contact the Arts Council at 238-1217 or info@artsculturalcouncil.org. The brochure and vendor registration forms can also be downloaded from www.artsculturalcouncil.org/stories-of-the-stitch.