Quilt festival grows in fourth year – Celebrating heritage and craftsmanship

First time festival attendee, Colleen Martinez, Saratoga Springs, works on a quilt she is making on one of the sewing machines in the open sewing area between attending various quilting classes, Friday. The fourth annual Quilter’s Heritage Festival drew hundreds of participants and attendees from across the state of Utah to Richfield.

The fourth annual Quilter’s Heritage Festival was held in the exhibit hall of the Sevier County Fairgrounds in Richfield, Thursday through Saturday.

The annual event is the result of a group of local quilters in south central Utah coming together to celebrate the heritage of quilting. The group is dedicated to having fun while quilting, sharing ideas and learning new techniques. 

 “We are pleased to see the growth of the festival since its inception four years ago,” said Lana Ogden, co-chairman. “We had approximately 100 quilts in the first show. It grew to just under 200 quilts the second year. We had around 220 quilts displayed last year and approximately 270 this year. While, it’s great to see how it has grown from year to year, the positive feedback we received this year was incredible.”

Again, Rob Larsen, co-chairman, headed up the efforts and designed the schematic to display the quilts. 

“It took eight hours split between two crews of volunteers to hang all of the quilts,” said Larsen. “Walmart donated 1,200 hangers, in addition Central Electric and Peterson Plumbing both donated materials and time to assist in the display of the quilts.”

Attendees came from across the state of Utah, as well as a few from surrounding states. This year’s festival included demonstrations, quilting classes, quilt trunk shows, black light display room, food vendors and quilting supply vendors. Approximately, 105 attendees participated in the various classes, some in multiple classes, which were taught by 20 instructors. 

The festival also incorporated charms and charm bracelets for participants. A charm was given to all participants at each quilting class, to activity attendees, as well as those who donated to the event. The charm bracelets were given to all attendees that completed a comment card. 

In addition, a sewing machine was given away at the conclusion of the festival. The names of all participants at each class were entered into the drawing – names were entered more than once for those who attended more than one class. Dr. Brent Allen of Sevier Valley Hospital donated the sewing machine. Carol Pollock, Tropic, was the winner of the drawing for the sewing machine. 

“Rob and I would like to extend a huge thank you to all that helped set up, teardown, as well as all the volunteers that donated their time, effort and expertise,” Ogden said. “In addition, the support from the community was simply incredible. We look forward to many more festivals over the years to come.”

For more information, visit quiltersheritagefestival.com or facebook.com/QuiltersHeritageFestival. 

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