The Green Country Quilters Guild is hosting the 2016 quilt show inside of Center Park Hall and organizers are expecting the largest turnout in show history.
For more than 20 years, the Green Country Quilters Guild has organized the largest quilt show in Oklahoma that attracts quilters from all over the country.
This year organizers received support for Tulsa mayor, Dewey Bartlett, granting Jun. 3 Green Country Quilt Day marking the start of the Quilt Tulsa 2016.
Co-chair of Quilt Tulsa 2016, Linda Frazier, says although quilt making seems to be a old outdated activity the popularity of the hobby is growing amongst young people.
“Our quilt world is ever evolving and we see a trend towards a lot of modern quilters. A lot of our younger people are gravitating towards the modern quilts,” Frazier said.
The resurgence of quilt making may be a result of the new quilt technology that drastically shrinks the time of traditional quilt making.
Manager of B-Sew Inn Tulsa, Melanie Malone, says many of the machines they sell are present during summer youth camps and the technology attracts young quilters.
“We're actually growing a new crop of sowers every summer. They do sow on a sowing and embroidery combination and they are interested in technology. It's something that fascinates them and allows them to bring their creative spirit forward,” Malone said.
Quilt Tulsa 2016 will have monetary and ribbon competitions as well as fundraisers and raffles that will benefit local charities throughout the weekend.
Co-chair, Judy Holmes, says although this year's show may mostly include quilting enthusiast, however there will be something for everyone.
“They'll (visitors) will be amazed of all the different products they can find all in one place. They don't have to go from shop to shop,” Holmes said.
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