Azalea City Quilters Guild Show is Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18; Quilts of Valor will be presented both days
The Festival of Quilts--The Art of Quilting, sponsored by Azalea City Quilters Guild, is Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18 at Mobile Civic Center Expo Hall, 401 Civic Center Drive.
Among the many aspects of this biennial show will be exhibits of hundreds of quilts, old and new; shopping adventures; a chance to win the Opportunity Quilt.
But one of the most touching events will be when 14 area military veterans receive Quilts of Valor, some on Friday and some on Saturday. Patsy Starkey of the ACQG said that the presentations will occur at 10:30 a.m. both days.
"Quilts of Valor is a national grassroots and volunteer community service with a mission for covering service members and veterans touched by war with comfort and healing," Starkey said. Under the auspices of the Quilts of Valor Foundation since 2003, more than 114,000 quilts have been awarded, she said.
The Azalea City Quilters' Guild, Inc. decided to include Quilts of Valor as a part of its biennial Quilt Show for 2015. Chair of the awards is Cathy Wilson of Daphne, AL who is a member of the Guild, Past-President of the Guild and a veteran having served in the U. S. Air Force. Wilson quoted a statement from the Foundation: “Quilts of Valor are stitched with love, prayers and healing thoughts. Our troops who have been touched by war are awarded this tangible token of appreciation that unequivocally says, 'Thank you for your service, sacrifice and valor.'”
“We are delighted to have Quilts of Valor as a part of the Festival of Quilts,” Cathy Wilson said. “Quilts are comforting to all who have received them. Recognizing veterans for their service is making the 2015 Quilt Show is a reason to attend the Quilt Show.”
Starkey said that the Quilt Show, “Festival of Quilts ~ The Art of Quilting,” will exhibit 300 plus quilts by area quilters in many categories from heritage to works of art. The Azalea City Quilters' Guild sponsors the exhibit to fulfill its mission for encouraging quilting, not only as a skill, but also as an expression of art.
The 2015 Show hours on Friday are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults and $2 for children aged seven and older. Parking is $5. For additional information, contact Joyce Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org