Sac County Quilt-A-Fair open to the public
Archeologists discovered a quilted garment on a carved ivory figure of Pharaoh believed to be from 3400 B.C. They have also found a Mongolian quilted floor covering from the 1st century A.D.
Knights in the 11th century and later wore quilted garments under leather and chainmail armor for protection and added comfort. The earliest known surviving bed quilt was made in Sicily at the end of the 14th century which depicts the legend of Tristan (a Medieval myth similar to King Arthur).
Victorian ladies wore quilted bodices, overskirts and petticoats. Gentlemen wore quilted vests and coats. Women in early America came together to create quilts necessary to keep their families warm during the winter.
Fabric during these early times was very expensive and nothing was wasted. Old clothing, other blankets, feed sacks and virtually every scrap was recycled and used to make something new and useful. The early American “Quilting Bee” is a tradition that is still going on today. Now, its called a “retreat” or a “guild”, but women and men are still getting together to share their ideas and their talents.
On September 23 and 24, the public will be able to see the results of the fiber artists from all over Sac County and beyond at the Sac County Quilt-A-Fair. Quilts are still being made for necessary warmth during cold months, but are also made to decorate our homes, provide comfort to our loved ones, and to express our creative natures.
People make special quilts from new fabric that has been purchased, but most of the well-loved and used quilts are made from scraps left over from an earlier project or from clothing loved ones want to remember. A popular graduation gift these days is a “T-shirt” quilt made from the graduate’s t-shirts from high school events. Another, is taking the clothing of loved ones who are no longer living or the outgrown baby clothes, even bridal gowns, to create something to remember the person or event. Grandma’s hankies are a popular form of fabric to make a quilted memory. Quilts are being decorated with Grandma’s beads and buttons, pieces of lace and anything else that can be found.
At the Quilt-A-Fair, there will be a special booth in the Open Class building on the fairgrounds for “Bits and Pieces.” In the Bits and Pieces booth, there will be a place to purchase pattern books and magazines, bags full of scrap fabric in the fabric dive, unfinished projects, quilt kits, tools and notions. The Quilt-A-Fair committee members have taken snack sets from the 50’s as well as the 60’s to create a sewing tray, complete with pin cushion, to keep scissors, seam rippers, pins, etc. contained while completing a personal work of art. The sewing trays will also be available in the Bits and Pieces booth.
Quilters aren’t the only ones who recycle. On Saturday morning, classic tractors will be parading the fairgrounds and the county. The tractors will travel to Rustic River Winery and also view some of the Sac County Barn Quilts before returning to the Cattle Company for lunch. On Sunday afternoon, there will be a Show and Shine car show on the fairgrounds where the public will be able to see restored automobiles, enjoy music and wonderful food provided by the Sac City Kiwanis Club and Sizzlin’ J BBQ. There is no entry fee to enjoy the special events on the fair grounds. There will be a small entry fee to view the quilts, which is used for the maintenance and promotion of the Sac County Barn Quilts.
There will be 300 quilts, including the Quilts of Valor that will be presented to Veterans at 3 p.m. on Sunday, have been registered for the Sac County Quilt-A-Fair. Bring quilt entries to the 4-H building on the fairgrounds between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, September 20 and Thursday September 21st. If there are any questions or need assistance delivering entries, please contact any Quilt-A-Fair committee member, Susan Irwin at 712-662-3245 or Atoya Oliver at 712-662-7353.