They’re more than blankets, more than colorful pieces that brighten up the home.
The quilts that will fill the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick this weekend are works of art, said Elaine Brouillard, president of the Tri-City Quilters Guild.
More than 400 will be on display during the guild’s 32nd annual show and vendor mall on March 27-28.
Hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 27 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 28. Admission is $5.
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The show’s theme is “The Story Begins at Home.”
“Home is where quilters create, and most of our work stays there or is gifted to serve homey, utilitarian purposes — bed covers, pillow covers, table runners, garments,” said Floreine Turlington, show chairwoman.
“But every choice contains a story. Why that pattern? Why that block? Why that color, that fabric, that quilting design? We hope our exhibit explores the narratives buried beneath the cloth,” she said in a news release.
Mary Lou Wiedman, an expert on story quilts, is the guest featured artist.
Judy Main is the member featured artist.
The event will include a special exhibit of furniture decorated with quilted items, “to underscore the fact that quilts turn houses into homes,” the release said. Many challenge quilts also will be on display.
A quilt, called “Bali Wedding Star,” will given to the winning ticket holder in a drawing at 4 p.m. March 28.
More than 35 vendors are set to participate and a silent auction also is planned.
The convention center is at 7016 W Grandridge Blvd.
For more information on the show and vendor mall, go to www.tcquilters.org.