The Curry Coastal Pilot

CRESCENT CITY - Quilters from as far away as Cave Junction will show off their talent with needle, thread and fabric at the Lighthouse Quilt Guild's biannual show next week.

The show will feature 138 quilts displayed in the main building at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds, said guild historian Pat McGuire.

The show will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds in Crescent City.

This year's judge will be Grace Anderson of Grants Pass, who was one of the clothing and textiles judges at the Del Norte County Fair this year, McGuire said.

Show spectators can browse among various vendors selling quilting-related items, and they can create blocks for the guild's Wounded Troop Project quilt. They will also be able to play games for other quilt-related items, many donated by the vendors, including books, kits and bundles of fat quarters, a one-fourth yard cut of fabric, McGuire said.

The guild is also raffling three quilts, said co-president Debi Newman. The proceeds will go toward breast cancer research, scholarships for local youth and guild activities and programs, she said.

The guild's featured quilter at this year's show will be Nan Berg, who creates the guild's newsletter and maintains its website.

"That person is chosen by our membership," Newman said. "And (Berg) does some awesome stuff."

Berg, who grew up in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, moved to Del Norte County from Southern California in 2001. In Southern California she began teaching classes for fabric stores and moved on to teaching classes for a sewing machine dealership. But, she said, it wasn't until she moved to the banks of the Smith River and began attending guild meetings that she began to be serious about quilting.

The Lighthouse Quilt Guild holds a business meeting at 10 a.m. the first Tuesday of each month. The guild also holds sewing days every other Tuesday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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