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Guild opens show at Carnegie Museum

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The Sugar Creek Quilt Guild will open a new quilt show based on a challenge.

The “House” quilt show begins today and continues through Sept. 20 at the Crawfordsville Carnegie Museum. A reception, which is open to the public, is planned 2-5 p.m. Saturday at the museum.

Members were challenged to use their creativity to design a unique quilt based on the word “house.” Seventeen quilts will be on display. Some of the titles are: Gnome Home, Whimsical Neighborhood, Animal House, Whitefish Bay Lighthouse, The House Family, Chicken Roost, Little Crooked Houses and House of Correction. 

About every other year a committee issues a challenge to guild members. In the past, quilters have designed quilts based on such topics as jailhouse blues, board games, remembering mama or using a fabric in common. One year each participant had to use a yellow fabric that had a snake print on it. One member refused to participate because she hated snakes. Another year each person had to choose page 34 out of any magazine and design a quilt inspired by something on that page. Challenge shows highlight the creativity and well as craftmanship of the quilters.

The guild has been in existence for about 34 years. It was started by a small group of people who loved to sew and quilt and has grown to more than 60 members. Meetings are conducted at 6:30 p.m. the third Monday of each month at the Crawfordsville District Public Library. Membership is open to anyone who loves to quilt regardless of skill level. New members are always encouraged. 

Speakers from all over the state are invited to demonstrate new techniques and products to members. The meetings also inform members about upcoming workshops, visits to quilt shows and opportunities to attend classes and quilt retreats. Some members make Quilts of Valor, which are given to Walter Reed Hospital to comfort soldiers recovering from injury. Other quilts are made for a variety of charities. 

On the first Saturday in November, the guild conducts a Quilt Bazaar at the CDPL where members sell their quilts and sewing projects.

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