Salt Creek Quilters Guild prepares for show
Updated: March 25, 2012 3:09PM
It takes as much skill to craft a quilt show as it does to craft to a quilt. Just ask Elsie VonKerens or DeAnn Ellis, co-chairmen of the Salt Creek Quilters Guild quilt show coming up next month.
The show, called Quilted Gems, will be held at the Community House on March 3 and 4, and features some 400 quilts—products of the Salt Creek Quilters Guild membership, which numbers about 225 women. The quilt shows are only held every two years, a testament to the work that not only has to go into the quilts but into the show.
There hanging on virtually every free space of the not-so-small Community House will be big quilts and little ones, bright ones and muted ones, ones full of whimsy and humor and others containing passion and anguish. And each and every quilt will contain hours and hours and hours of its maker’s concentration, creativity, fabric and stitching. Hostesses wearing white gloves will be standing near the quilts so if you want to examine a particular stitch or look at the handiwork on the back, you can ask them. All sorts of vendors and demonstrations will be at the show as will an opportunity to win participate in a raffle for a quilt.
At the guild’s monthly meeting in the Community House, 34 quilts were displayed for member voting. These were entries in the Challenge Quilt, which the guild holds as part of its biennial exhibit. Members are asked to design and create a quilt using specific “challenge” criteria. In this case, quilters had to use a particular pale yellow fabric which features words, creatively incorporate a diamond shape as well as a rhyme into their work and were then judged on their use of other materials, techniques and colors as well as the fabric, rhyme and diamonds. Guild members were to select 16 of the 34 entries for special recognition at the Quilted Gems show.
This writer considers herself a crafty person but not a crafts person, so I can’t imagine how the vote turned out. Each and every one of the 34 quilts was a masterpiece, incredibly distinct and unique. I can only imagine the work that goes into 400 quilts from the guild, which is why this non-stitching person will sew some time into my March 3 and 4 weekend.
The Salt Creek Quilters Guild was formed in 1981 and features members from a wide swath of the Chicago area, including the city, Joliet, Hickory Hills, Brookfield, Western Springs, La Grange and of course, Clarendon Hills and Hinsdale. Some of the quilting members are novices and others are quilters who have won national awards. They come for the camaraderie and to learn new techniques, according to both VonKerens and Ellis. Both laughed and said that quilting could easily take over their lives if they let it.
The quilt show is the guild’s largest and most important fund-raiser, providing the monies for future programs. The guild also has an outreach committee to serve the larger community, including providing educational opportunities for others and visiting nursing homes and hospitals.
Quilted Gems runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4 at the Community House, 415 W. Eighth St. in Hinsdale. Admission is $6 per person. For more information about the quilt show, visit www.saltcreekqg.org.
Libraries throughout the area will be all about Hemingway as Paula McLain’s The Paris Wife is selected as The Big Read. But don’t overlook one of literature’s pioneers — Charles Dickens. Feb. 7 was his 200th birthday, and to celebrate, the Clarendon Hills Public Library, 7 N. Prospect St., has invited Dickens expert Linda Putnam to speak at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23. Call the library at (630) 323-8188 to reserve a space. To register for this free program, stop by the library or call (630) 323-8188. For more information, go to clarendonhillslibrary.org.
Les Miz gaffe
In last week’s column, I featured seven teens who will be appearing in next month’s Hinsdale Central High School production of “Les Misérables.” As is my wont these days around teenagers — I have two delightful specimens of my own — I messed up. Hannah Carroll has already been accepted at Northwestern University where she hopes to double major in math and vocal performance. I confused her with Jayne Jaeger who was auditioning at the University of Illinois last month and was called back at the same time as classmate Achilles Bezanis. The play runs from March 8-10 in the Central Auditorium.