‘Quilting a Memory’ showcases handmade quilts


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Diana Marchand, left, Marilyn Morrison, Carol Roach and Sara Jones stand in front of the American Beauty Rose quilt to be raffled off at the “Quilting a Memory” show in March.

Handmade quilts, those finely crafted expressions of love, take center state during Seaside Piecemakers’ “Quilting a Memory,” its 2016 quilt show, slated from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5 at the Melbourne Auditorium, 625 Hibiscus Blvd.

“It is held every other year for at least the past 20 years or so and has built up quite a following,” quilting guild member Claire Gibbs said.

“We usually raise thousands of dollars for charity.”

The star of this year’s show is the stunning and meticulously crafted American Beauty Rose raffle quilt, masterfully created by Sara Jones, who pieced the quilt top, and Diana Marchand, who quilted the top on her longarm machine. Guild members donated top quality quilting materials from their high-end fabric “stashes” for this very special quilt that will be raffled at the show. Proceeds from raffle sales will benefit Candlelighters of Brevard, which provides financial and emotional assistance to families struggling with childhood cancer.

Seaside Piecemakers are a generous bunch who spend plenty of their time, effort and money helping others.

“We have donated hundreds of quilts to various charities,” guild spokesperson Judy Pacificador said.

Quilting is popular in Brevard, and guilds such as Seaside Piecemakers are so large that they have to restrict membership. 

“We had to cap it at 300 because it was getting too unwieldy,” Pacificador said.

Pacificador is certain the quilt show will attract quilters from throughout Central Florida.

“We expect close to 2,000 people,” she said. 

It’s all about the quilts at the show, which features American Quilt Society certified appraiser Sharon Metzger. A boutique includes new and handmade treasures from Seaside members; lectures and demos are given every hour. The event also includes a silent auction and special exhibits by the Free Spirits Arts Doll Club and the Dirty Dozen Fiber Artists.

Raffle tickets for the American Beauty Rose quilt are $1 each. A small quilt raffle also offers a chance to win quilts at $1 each or six for $5. 

Admission to the show is $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Email Marjorie Mulla at mullafam5@gmail.com for advance tickets.  

For more on Seaside Piecemakers’ “Quilting a Memory” show, go to seasidepiecemakers.com.

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