April 30, 2018 – The Nevada County Fairgrounds in Grass Valley will fill with colorful quilts at the “Springtime in the Pines” Quilt Show on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. For 34 years, Pine Tree Quilt Guild has presented Nevada County’s largest showcase for fabric arts, offering more than 200 entries that range from traditional bed quilts to exciting contemporary art quilts. Admission is $8 with children under 12 free. There is no charge for parking and a free shuttle operates between buildings.

Featured Quilter Jan Christensen of Penn Valley is a talented, prolific and generous quilter who creates exquisitely detailed items using hand applique and redwork embroidery, as well as piecing. She has made hundreds of quilts and won dozens of ribbons honoring her workmanship in the 25 years since she took her first quilting class. Two remarkable wall hangings that will be displayed are fabric renditions of the Indian Springs Winery label and a Grass Valley banner, both inspired by local artist Jerianne Van Dijk.

Owners of vintage quilts will have a unique opportunity to obtain a professional appraisal during both days of the quilt show. Julie Silber, one of the world’s most respected quilt experts, will offer either oral or written appraisals of pre-1960’s quilts. The written appraisals can be used to determine monetary value for insurance, charitable donation, estate assessment and current fair market purposes. Appointments are recommended to insure service, while walk-ins will be taken as time permits. Oral appraisals are $25 and written ones cost $85. To make an appraisal appointment, send an email to ptqg@comcast.net or call 530-575-8433.

This year there will be free admission to the Crafters Boutique and Quilters Café in the Northern Mines Building. The Boutique offers new handcrafted items made by Guild members and is perfect for Mother’s Day shopping. Items for sale include quilts, table runners, totes, thread catchers, media cord rolls, ironing board organizers and much more. Quilters Café will have delicious sandwiches, salads, drinks and homemade desserts available for purchase.

Fifteen vendors will sell fabrics, patterns, tools, purses, jewelry and embellishments. Country Store offers a wide variety of previously owned merchandise like books, notions, thread and fabrics at bargain prices.

The Pine Tree Quilt Guild’s 2018 Opportunity Quilt is called Playing with Color. The women who worked together on this quilt include Robi Holmen, Raedean Kidwell, Diane Klose, Jean Marie McDonald and Anne Wilson, and it was quilted by Elisabeth Baratta from Sacramento. The original design was a 12-block wall hanging by Mabeth Oxenreider. Permission to use and modify the original pattern was received from “All People Quilt”. There are a total 1,837 pieces in the quilt, including one block with Pine Trees! Playing with Color is on display in the main building. Tickets may be purchased for $1.00 each or six for $5.00. The drawing will be held on Sunday, May 6th, at 3:00 p.m. Ticket sales close at 2:45 p.m.

Another popular drawing on Sunday afternoon is for overstuffed baskets containing quilting items, books, fabrics and goodies of all sorts.

“Springtime in the Pines” is non-profit Pine Tree Quilt Guild’s largest fundraiser and enables the Guild to fund informative programs and workshops and an active Community Service outreach that gives away hundreds of quilts, Christmas stockings, walker bags and pillowcases each year. 350 quilts were given away in 2017 to victims of fire and natural disaster, veterans, homeless, foster youth, seniors, babies, and children at risk.

For more information about Guild activities and meetings, please visit our website at www.pinetreequiltguild.com