Award-winning quilter coming to Sac County Quilt-A-Fair

SAC CITY — The seventh biennial Sac County Quilt-A-Fair is SAturday and Sept. 22 at the Sac County Fairgrounds. The Quilt-A-Fair committee strives to plan a fun-filled experience for man, woman, and child who comes to the fairgrounds throughout the weekend. The 2019 show will include a classic tractor ride that will be leaving the fair grounds at 9 a.m. Saturday and traveling around the county. There will be a coloring contest for kids. Activities on Sept. 22 will include a show and shine car show and wine tasting from noon to 3 p.m. There will be music playing for people to enjoy. Great food and desserts will be provided by Sac City Kiwanis Club and Best of Barb’s Catering of Ida Grove.

The highlight of the weekend is, of course, the quilt show. This year’s special guest is award-winning traditional and art quilter, teacher and author, Mickey Depre of Oak Lawn, Illinois. Depre has won awards at quilt shows including AQS Quilt Week in Paducah, Kentucky, Houston, Texas, and Des Moines. For more information, see www.md quilts.com.

Depre was introduced to the world of fiber arts by her own personal “grand masters” at the age of four. Grandmothers, great aunts, aunts and her mother filled her days with cloth, needles, yarn and such. In 1997 she found quilting on her own. She has made a name for herself as an art quilter with a flair for the whimsical. She also makes traditional quilts for her family. She is known for English paper piecing and has published a book entitled “Pieced Hexies.” It is her goal to expand her repertoire to include her own spin on traditional quilting via English paper piecing and other techniques.

Hand piecing is another love and she refers to it as zen sewing. Sharing her love of this slower yet highly productive type of piecing through workshops, blog posts and sharing online has led her into yet another quilting community. Her series of hand piecing templates based on quilt blocks found in her antique quilt collection have been enjoyed and celebrated by the handwork enthusiasts that do exist in our midst.

Now, in what she calls “a full circle in her quilting life” the ability to share her machine piecing quilt patterns through PDF publishing means she can create whatever makes her soul sing at the moment and be free to use whatever colors excite her and fabric textures that call her name. Depre’s motto is “There is more than enough fabric in the studio to be both an art quilter and a traditional quilter.”


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