Minot Prairie Quilters are piecing together a grand anniversary gala for the 20th annual quilt festival Mar. 15 to 17.
"20 Years - What a Hoot!" is the theme for the event, festival chairman Sharon Torgerson said, with two nationally recognized teachers, vendors mall, and dozens of diverse quilts.
"We are not featuring a single quilter this year, as we have in the past," Torgerson said. "On this anniversary we are going to show work by most of the quilters who have been featured at past festivals, along with raffle quilts."
The show offers quilt lovers a choice, either to register for classes and lectures, or to pay a $3 admission charge just to view quilts and visit vendors.
The festival, held at Grand International Inn, opens for those registered with breakfast at 7 a.m. March 16 and 17. The merchant mall opens at 9 a.m. daily. Classes begin at 8 a.m. March 16 and 17.
Classes, lectures and demonstrations are available all three days and in the evening March 15. The banquet is at 6 p.m. March 16.
Classes are directed to skill levels from confident beginner to intermediate and advanced. Some classes are planned for all skill levels.
Pamela Goecke Dinndorf of St. Cloud, Minn., and Pat Speth, St. Paul, Minn., are featured national teachers.
"Goecke Dinndorf's blocks are anything but traditional," Torgerson said. She will offer a class on a pattern from her new book to be released in June. One class she is offering is on the "Vernal Equinox" pattern, which uses triangles in two sizes to create whirling hexagons with accent triangles.
Speth, known for her Nickel Quilts which use 5-inch squares, will speak at the festival banquet and teach a class on "Half Square Triangle & Four-Patch Unity." That class allows students to make 15 varied patterns.
Other teachers for the event include Denise Mortenson, Mandan; Julie Satterlie, Garfield, Minn.; Merry Green, Granville; Faye Grandalen, Mayville; Mary Jo Abel, Fargo; Vonnie Van Hook and Nancy Van Hook, Sidney, Mont.; and Gladys Lowell, Lynn Heald and Donna Nason, all of Minot. Classes include quilts in several sizes, vinyl bags and other projects, as well as teaching the ways to use old and new tools.
The quilt guild has 15 competitive categories for pieced and quilted articles in a variety of sizes, as well as hangings, holiday, youth and household items. There is a quilt challenge and special awards including best of show, viewer's choice and national teacher's choice.
Thirteen vendors, who will sell fabrics, kits, patterns and tools, are from Minnesota and Montana, Fargo, Jamestown, Carrington, Mayville and Washburn.
Another favorite destination for previous festival visitors is the flea market, featuring unfinished items, used notions, supplies, fabric and hand-crafted items such as dolls and baskets.
Quilts displayed in two areas include those made by the teachers, challenge quilts and creations in many categories.
The theme for challenge quilts, "20 Years - What a Hoot!" is certain to produce imaginative and beautiful results, Torgerson said.
For further information on the festival and the Minot guild, she suggests checking the website at (minotprairiequilters.com). Torgerson can be reached by calling 721-3042.