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Carvers, quilters show set

By Staff | Aug 10, 2009

The 26th Annual Upper Midwest Woodcarvers and Quilt Expo returns to Blue Earth, August 14-16. It will again be held in Blue Earth Area High School’s Unity Hall.

The event kicks-off Friday, August 14 at 4 p.m. and runs that evening until 8. Saturday hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday, noon-4 p.m.

According to Mike Ellingsen, event coordinator, the featured quilter this year is Jacque Drew.

There also will be displays by local carvers and demonstrations at the show. A seminar is also scheduled during the Expo by John Engler, a nationally known woodcarver and teacher. This seminar was made possible by a grant provided by the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council from funds appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature.

This year’s quilt challenge theme revolves around Autumn Splendor.

For the challenge, quilters received packets last year and have been working on their quilts throughout the year. To complete the challenge, quilters must use the same materials found in the packet, but are allowed to add their own ‘touches.’

There are still challenge packets available for any quilters interested. These may be obtained from Mike Ellingsen.

Ellingsen also encourages those who don’t quilt, but would love to own one, to come and browse the quilt marketplace.

Any quilts, whether they are old or new, large or small, may be exhibited if they have not been displayed previously at the Expo.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to cast their vote for the “Viewer’s Choice” award.

Venders are always available to offer tips, while seminars will aid those quilters and carvers who wish to become better at these popular hobbies.

For more information concerning this event, contact Mike Ellingsen (507) 526-5808, Harley Schmit-gen (507) 526-2777 or Marilyn Slama (507) 893-4183.