The 2021 Quilt Show produced by the members of the Heart in Hand Quilt Guild featured over 70 quilts hanging from the rafters of the Bowen. The show was kicked off with an opening reception Saturday, September 25, 2021.

This exhibit theme was COLD DAYS – WARM HEARTS. Their Challenge quilts WINTER WONDERLAND were spotlighted as members show their ingenuity to produce a totally unique quilt to fit that theme. It was hard for them to focus on winter quilts when the heat index rose over 105º during the summer.

Visitors were able to vote on their favorite quilt in the two categories. This year’s winners were for Winter Wonderland -First Place: Partridges in the Snow by Margaret Nemec, Second: Winter on the Prairie by Joan Peterson. The main category Viewer’s Choice awards were given to: First Place, He loves me, He loves me not by Deborah Raptis, and a three way tie for Second Place went to: New York Beauty by Regina Johnson, Oak Leaf and Rose by Regina Johnson and Underground Railroad by Marge Higgins. Congratulations to all who participated in this incredible display of talent!

This Guild exhibit is a destination and we’re excited to once again host such a favorite and enjoyable display. Each year, visitors walk in the front doors and pause to catch their breath. After the initial shock of the volume and beauty of fiber art before them, they comment how far they traveled just to view this event. Entranced, they browse for hours with friends and family. They share fond memories with joy and laughter, and leave with a smile on their face. Quilt docents will be on hand to take you on a tour of styles, techniques and historical significance.

The Bowen also enjoys “bragging rights” in hosting the Guilds’ meetings and workshops, and is always grateful for their beautiful exhibition each year. Guild members learn techniques, attend show-and-tell, get discounted workshops and retreats AND enjoy the camaraderie of this philanthropic and entertaining group.

The RAFFLE QUILT that the Quilt Guild produces every year to benefit the Bowen was won by Valerie Fambrough of Dahlonega, GA. The Bowen is a non-profit community Art Center which focuses on providing a variety of events for all of North Georgia. Help support this wonderful venue full of the arts and treasures for everyone.

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