February 27, 2020

Northeast Art Center to hold 30th annual Quilt Show.


STANDISH— The annual Quilt Show in Standish returns for its 30th year at the Northeast Art Center. The event will take place Jan. 25-26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both days. Admission is $6 for individuals over 12 and complimentary refreshments will be provided. 

The first quilt show started in 1990. Arts council Director Gail Schmidt said everyone had been telling her that quilting was becoming a work of art these days and the art center should hold a show. The show that started as an exhibit that first year brought in over 500 people. The next year they found judges to give awards to the quilters and now they have it down to a science, said Schmidt. 

The show has seen some very unique and memorable quilts throughout the years. Schmidt remembers one of the antique quilts that was displayed from the 1830s. This particular quilt had made a journey from Boston to California on a wagon train. 

So many of the quilts have interesting stories behind them. “One lady found an interesting patterned quilt in someone’s trash and rescued and repaired it,” said Schmidt. 

Another lady had inherited a quilt from San Francisco that was made out of Catholic priest’s velvet robes in the 1800s, said Schmidt. 

There are multiple categories that quilts can be entered in, including traditional, antique (pre-1960), youth age, different types of quilts such as lap quilts and wall hangings, various techniques, hand and machine made and miscellaneous. Miscellaneous could include clothing, tree skirts, or any quilted item that does not fit in a regular quilt category. 

Ribbons will be handed out as the judges make their decisions and will be awarded to first, second, and third place in the categories. Attendees also have the opportunity to vote for “Best of Show” which is the people’s choice where they can vote for their favorite quilt of the show.

“We are pretty well established,” said Schmidt. “We are the first quilt show of the year in the United States (according to the American Quilters magazine).”

“There is a quilt show in Paducah, Kentucky, which is the most prestigious show in the country,” said Schmidt. “We had a few quilts from people who got in the Paducah show.” 

The event usually see’s 40-50 participants with no more than 110 entries. People can enter no more than five entries. 

People come from all over Michigan to see the quilt show. “We have someone from Troy and the last few years she has entered quilts in our show,” said Schmidt. Others come from Lake Huron area in the Thumb, Detroit, and Paw Paw MI. 

For more information, call 989-846-9331.

The art center is located at 3233 Grove Rd. in Standish.



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