The Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild, a local affiliate of the National Modern Quilt Guild organizes the Bainbridge Quilt Festival. This Festival was initiated in 2013, by Barbara Kirk, owner of Esther’s Fabrics on Bainbridge Island. Barbara was inspired by the joy and beauty of the annual Sister’s Quilt Show held outdoors in Sisters, OR and wanted to put on a similar but smaller venture on Bainbridge. The Guild and several local businesses pitched in with Barbara to make the first show in 2013 a great success. I missed the show as I was away teaching in CA, but I entered two quilts. There are photos of the show on both the websites linked above.
At our recent 4th July parade, the organizers had a booth promoting the upcoming show which will be on 13th September. The beautiful tree quilt, designed by Carolyn Friedlander and quilted by Marybeth O’Halloran, is being raffled as a fundraiser. If you are in our area, I encourage you to enter quilts and/or to come and see the array of quilts which will be hanging all over Winslow our downtown on Bainbridge. The entry fee is only $10 if you also volunteer to work at the show for just two hours. Festival day also includes a sew-in for American Hero Quilts at the Bainbridge Museum of Art. It should be a fun and festive day.