Westside Quilters Guild: Hidden Gem in Washington County presents Their Fourth Quilt Show
The Westside Quilters Guild, a group celebrating their 10th year with over 200 members, is about far more than creativity through fiber arts. With a mission of education, charity, and community partnerships throughout Washington County, the organization will be exhibiting their fourth Biennial Quilt Show on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8 at Tuality Health Education Center. The featured Hillsboro Arts Month event has grown to be widely popular — expecting over 400 attendees, providing door prizes, a raffle, gift baskets, and a boutique – all while benefiting the good work that the Guild does in the area.
So — why should you support the Guild and see this year’s quilt show?
For starters, the group has so many generous, highly skilled members that they had to be selective in which projects would be on display for the show. With 150 quilts on display, members can submit one personal and one guild-related quilt to show. There are also a select 40 projects on display from featured quilters. Rest assured: these projects aren’t just your grandmother’s log cabin, standard quilt layout. Though some quilts on display are more traditional, there are many that are studio quality, thread-painting art quilt masterpieces on display. In fact, the quilt featured for this year’s raffle is a beautiful collage of “All Things Oregon” highlighting a salmon, Haystack rock, roses, wine grapes, and a beautiful rendering of Multnomah Falls within a border of rich blue batik fabric.
Visit the Westside Quilters Guild booth at ArtFest on the Plaza – September 30 from 9 am – 1:30 pm to learn more about this invaluable group and their upcoming show.
Check out the great things that Westside Quilters Guild has accomplished in just ten years:
- The organization is a public charity, a registered nonprofit organization, and part of the Oregon Cultural Trust.
- The Quilt Barn Trail, one of their most popular community engagement efforts, now has over 40 painted panels, or quilt blocks, on buildings throughout the area. The Quilt Barn Trail serves to highlight agricultural and historical heritage, promote area tourism, create public art, and showcase the art of quilting. The trail is also uniquely online as an interactive map, with up-close photos and descriptions of each location.
- Westside Quilters Guild selects three charities per year to support as part of their mission to be engaged in education and skill of fiber arts while supporting those in need throughout the community. Previous efforts that WCG has supported include Vernonia flood victims, Cares NW youth support, Kaiser Permanente Hospital Chaplaincy, Camp Erin (an organization for children who have lost a parent or sibling), and Quilts for Cops in Yamhill for first responders injured on the job.
- As part of education outreach, the Guild has also partnered with Hillsboro Brookwood Library and Vernonia High School to teach a 6 – week maker lab as well as projects for students to learn about crafts around the world.
The Westside Quilters Guild 2017 Quilt Show
Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8
10 am to 4 pm both days
Tuality Health Education Center
334 SE 8th at Baseline, Hillsboro OR
$6 admission, $5 with coupon from WCG website