Georgia Quilt Show Sparks Personal Satisfaction with Inspiration, Education and ‘Quilters Stash-Building’ October 14-16, 2010.

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Georgia Quilt Show, open to the public, lives up to its reputation as the place for quilters to be when it returns to the Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia, this October 14th, 15th & 16th, with over 100 workshops, aisles of beautiful quilts and more than 150 retail booths in which the components for next year’s completed quilt treasures may be lurking.

Georgia Quilt Show gives attendees a rare pre-auction look at 117 ‘New from Old’ contest quilts, courtesy of the Alliance for American Quilts

Innovative faculty members will gather from across the U.S. and Canada to lead classes and workshops, focused on everything from one’s first-ever quilt (Cutting and Piecing for RookiesSM) to longarm quilting, the domain of serious quilters.

Enthusiasts can see and test the latest quilting tools and equipment, and learn about the projects they inspire in retail booths throughout the Exhibit Hall.

In cooperation with The Alliance for American Quilts, Georgia Quilt Show will display a rare, pre-auction look at 117 quilts created for the recent “New From Old” contest. “It’s a chance to see much of what’s happening in mainstream quilting today” notes the Alliance’s Executive Director, Amy Milne. “We love the idea these quilts came from otherwise abandoned materials, which now have a new life. As a uniquely American art form, it’s important to note the impact the process of creating of quilts has had on our families and communities over the years,” she continues.

Quilters' S.O.S. - Save Our Stories, a grassroots project at the Alliance, continually captures the voices and stories of American quiltmakers. Jodie Davis, President of QNNtv.com, will conduct interviews at Georgia Quilt Show for Quilters’ S.O. S., sharing the process with others. Beyond the incredible stories these interviews uncover, Jodie’s public showcase will help quilters themselves participate regularly, adding Georgia’s stories to the project. Transcribed interviews are posted at http://www.allianceforamericanquilts.org/qsos while original recordings are archived in the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

Information about Georgia Quilt Show, classes and workshops, shopping, quilt displays and more available at: http://www.sewingexpo.com/GeorgiaQuiltShow.aspx or 800-699-6309. Georgia Quilt Show is presented by Original Sewing & Quilt Expo.

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