Even in an age-old art like quilting, sometimes a great idea can come from a computer glitch.
That was the process behind the large black and red quilt, wall hanging and table runner that will be the three raffle prizes at the Fort Dodge Area Quilters' 21st biennial quilt show.
"That was kind of an accident on the computer," said group President Cindy Kaufman. "We had two large blocks we were dealing with, and Roni (Rork) went over and put them on the design program. Then she hit a button and said, 'Oh no what did I do?' I looked at her and said, 'Leave it. It's great.' The button was alternating both blocks, so that's what we did.
-Messenger photo by Joe Sutter
Cindy Kaufman, left, and Judy Guderian lay out a Seminole border that will go on this French-braid patterned quilt for the upcoming quilt show. The quilt behind them will be the raffle prize at the show; it was designed by four of the club members with the help of a computer error.
"I was afraid she'd go back, and we'd never find it again."
The show will feature nearly 400 quilts made by the roughly 60 members of the Fort Dodge group.
It's a chance for quilting enthusiasts to show off their work, and to see how other people make patterns.
If you go:
Rockin' Round the Quilts
WHAT: 21st Biennial Quilt Show
WHO: Fort Dodge Area Quilters Inc.
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30
WHERE: Career Education Building, Iowa Central Community College
PRICE: $5 Adults, $3 children ages 8 to 12; ages 8 and under admitted free. Bus special for 30 or more, $4 per person.
Magazine sale, vendors, silent auction, boutique shop, fabric dive, demonstrations and raffles ($1 each or six for $5). For more information email email@example.com or write Quilts, PO Box 881, Fort Dodge, IA 50501.
"We have this quilt show every two years, and they're not allowed to show a quilt twice," Kaufman said.
"That way people who come out and pay to get in know they've never seen this particular quilt at our show before," said Vice President Judy Guderian.
"We have demonstrations all day, both days," said Guderian. "Many of the vendors will have demonstrations at their booths of the latest quilting techniques, as well as on quilting tools like this one," she said, holding up a simple binding tool.
Although the plastic rectangle with a triangle at one end isn't anything new, Guderian and Kaufman said how they figured out a few years ago it could help them making a French braid pattern. Usually, to make the braided design, rectangular strips are used and then the ends are cut off. By using the tool as a pattern, quilters can avoid throwing out the extra fabric triangles.
"So you save fabric, and you save money. You have to keep hunting for things that will save you money because the prices of fabrics and things are going up," Kaufman said.
"And what were quilts designed to do hundreds of years ago?" asked Guderian. "To keep you warm and to use every ounce of extra fabric that you had, like old clothes, feed sacks, anything. It was used to be economical."
Kaufman will demonstrate several designs including 3-D flying geese, 3-D bow ties, potato bags and an easy nine-patch border.
There will also be a booth showing many different borders that can be applied to a quilt, instead of a plain border.
The silent auction will have an extra feature this year -some of the projects will have a "buy it now" option. This will be especially helpful for out-of-town visitors, Guderian said.
Lunch will be provided by the men.
"The first time they did it, it was entertaining just to get a meal," Guderian said. "It's interesting. Now we have more men who want to be in the kitchen. It's so much fun."