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Valley guild helps bring quilt show to Reno

by Linda Hiller

Members of the Carson Valley Quilt Guild will participate in one of the country’s top shows this week.

The National Quilting Association’s 31st annual Quilt Show, featuring 400 quilts from all over the United States, will be held in Reno from June 22-25 – a first for Reno and a rare event for the West.

“The national show is usually held back East, so this is a thrill for all of us,” said Sue Muller of the Carson Valley Quilt Guild. “At least six of us are entering quilts in the show, and we’re also involved on the national committee. It’s been a lot of work, but it’s also very exciting.”

Muller said two other area quilt guilds have been involved in bringing the show to Reno – the Creative Quilters of Nevada and the Truckee Meadows Quilters, both from Reno.

“The last national show was held in Omaha, and the next one is scheduled for Tulsa,” Muller said. “It may not be in the West again for some time.”

Headquarters for the Reno show will be the Atlantis Casino Resort, 3800 S. Virginia St., in Reno, not far from the convention center where the quilt show will be taking place.

“The Atlantis is booked solid,” Muller said. “We expect 6,000 to 7,000 people to come to the show.”

n Events at the Atlantis. Workshops and lectures by 25 well-known quilt instructors such as Anita Shackleford, Emily Senuta and Reno’s own Moneca Calvert will be offered. Workshops will cover machine and hand quilting topics, quilted clothing, applique, quilt appraisal and more.

A western barbecue will be held Friday, June 23 at the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows. Cocktail hour begins at 6:30 p.m. and the banquet begins at 7:30. Pre-registration is required and tickets may be purchased at the NQA registration booth, first floor of the Atlantis Casino Resort. Following dinner, singer, comic and impressionist David Proud will entertain.

On Saturday, June 24, the Little Quilts Auction will take place on the third floor of the Atlantis. Anyone can bid on these special quilts – made by local quilt artists and nationally-recognized quilters – smaller than 28 inches long or wide. Little quilts are considered highly collectible, and net proceeds from this sale will go to NQA’s grant program.

Sunday, June 25 there will be a “Best of the West” roundup – by 16 local teachers including Jimmie Benedict and Linda McLaughlin.

n Where to view 400 quilts. The National Quilting Association’s 31st annual Quilt Show will be held at the Reno Sparks Convention Center, 4590 S. Virginia. The show runs 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Entry to the show is $10 per day. A large merchant’s mall with more than 55 vendors will be available for retail sales. Carson Valley quilters or quilt fans who want to see the national show for free can go directly to the convention center and volunteer.

“We still need volunteers,” Muller said. “People who want to volunteer can just come to the show and go to the volunteer booth. They get in free for volunteering.”

Advance registration is recommended for workshops, lectures the roundup and banquet.

For more information, go to http://www.radiks.net/yankee2.nqareno or call Muller at 267-5503.