Issue 26pulse

Quilt Show has Something for Everybody


By Jacqui D. Sinarle – above quilt by Penni Barger

You don’t have to be a quilter to enjoy the Heart of the Valley Quilt and Textile Arts Show.

Penni Barger – Mi Abuelita


Sponsored by Country Crossroads Quilters on Jan. 21 and 22, the quilt show promises something for everyone.

“It is a family affair!” said Barbara Grandon, publicity chair. “There is a fun activity planned for kids who come to the show accompanied by their parents—a scavenger hunt for items in quilts. Kids seem to really enjoy this activity.”

There’s a lot for adults to appreciate, as well.

“The quilt show is like an art show of hand made, beautiful creations,” Grandon explained. “You don’t have to be a quilter to enjoy what we do. We have many talented artists; we consider bed quilts art, too.”

The show will be presented at Modesto Centre Plaza, 10th & K St., Modesto. It’s open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free for kids under 12 and $8 per person for everyone age 12 and up.

Kathy Sanders – Gone to the Dogs

In addition to traditional quilts, the show will feature art quilts, wearable items, and special exhibits. There will also be demonstrations throughout the show, door prizes, raffles for two quilts made by the guild (drawing on the second day of the show), raffle baskets, and vendors selling quilting items and other items of interest. People who attend will be encouraged to vote for their favorites.

The Country Crossroads Quilters Guild was formed in 1983 and presented its first show a few years later. Since then, the event has grown to include an average of 200 quilts, wearables, and special exhibits from quilt challenges that the guild has completed over the past two years. The show features the creations of local quilters who are members of the guild, with the work of non-guild members included on space available basis.

“It is a large show and attracts people from 100 miles or more,” Grandon said. “We present it every other year, which allows for a lot of planning and prep over the two-year period and ensures a good quality show.”

This year, guild members selected Penni Barger and Kathy Sandner as the featured artists for the show. Each of these quilters has received national awards for her work and will be present in her own quilt display area to answer questions.

If you’re inspired by this year’s exhibits, you can find out more about the Country Crossroads Quilters at the guild’s information booth at the show or online at

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