BROOKINGS, S.D. — Members of the Brookings Area Quilter’s Guild will present a quilt trunk show, Saturday, Feb. 13, at 1 p.m. at the South Dakota Art Museum.
The purpose of the guild is to promote and educate members of the community about the fabric art of quilting.
"We are promoting the Brookings Area Quilters," said Dianne Hawks, marketing specialist at the South Dakota Art Museum. "We also would like to encourage viewers to see the Amish quilt exhibit on loan from the International Quilt Study Center on display at the museum now through April 1."
The art of quilting involves putting together three layers of fabric; a top layer, a bottom layer and the batting, or middle, composed of cotton, wool or other material.
In the past quilting was a necessity to turn pieces of fabric into one complete covering to be used as a blanket or bedspread.
"Quilting is a form of textile art," said Georgan Ellerbruch, member of the BAQG. "It is just like painting; only rather than a paintbrush, we use fabric. We don’t want this art to die off."
The BAQG is open to all people of the community and meets once a month at the Swiftel Center.
Members of the BAQG presenting their quilts during the Mini Trunk Show include Roberta Bailey, Ida Slocum, Irene Kutenbach, Jo Meyer, Nancy Richert, Marcella Headley and Georgan Ellerbruch.
"People will be excited about the beauty of the quilts, and as each quilt is shown, the presenter will discuss interesting facts regarding the quilt," said Ellerbruch.
In addition to presentations of their quilts, tickets will be available for the 2010 raffle for one of the large quilts created by Guild members.
Upcoming events include BAQG Extravaganza, "April Showers Brings Quilted Flowers," at the Swiftel Center April 17 and 18. Admission will be charged.
For further information contact Georgan Ellerbruch at 605-692-4772.