The Women’s Advisory Council of the St. Bernards Development Foundation will host its fifth annual Threads of Life Quilt and Fiber Art Show on May 5-6 at St. Bernards Auditorium, 505 East Washington Ave.
Hours the 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 5, and 1 to 4 p.m. on May 6.
The Women’s Advisory Council, Sew E-Z Quilt Club, St. Bernards Senior Services and St. Bernards Village have worked together to coordinate the event.
The guest quilter will be contemporary fiber artist Barbara Shapel from Washougal, Wash. Shapel began her fiber arts career by making her clothes in her school years. She continued to explore other art media, including embroidery, photography and stained glass. In 1993 she began her quest into the world of quilting and fiber arts.
Shapel is an award-winning quilter, and her work is in many private collections and has appeared in shows in various locations in the Northwest part of the United States.
Also on hand will be Jim Gatling, artist, quilter and teacher who has been quilting for more than 35 years. He has taught art, stitchery and quilting in the Arkansas public school system for 30 years.
Now retired from public schools, he teaches art part time at Sacred Heart Catholic Schools. Gatling is the only quilting teacher sanctioned by the Arkansas State Department of Education. He will be sharing his love and passion for quilts by having 30 “scrappy pieced” quilts from his collection on display during the show.
There will be two opportunities for demonstration, teaching and hands-on activities. The first project will be sewing fabric strips into quilt blocks, and Gatling will be on hand to assist with this project. Sew E-Z Quilt Club will take the finished blocks and make quilts for charity.
The second activity will be knitting baby caps for the neonates in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at St. Bernards Medical Center. Supplies and materials will be provided for both projects.
This year’s community education emphasis will showcase the resources available through St. Bernards Senior Services. From health care to housing and from caregiver training to personal enrichment, these programs are tailored to the individual.
The programs are geared toward persons age 55 and up and encourage independence to whatever level the client is capable. Representatives of these departments will be available to answer questions relating to senior care.
A quilt will be given away during the show. Members of the Sew E-Z Quilt Club made the “scrappy-pieced” quilt from Civil War reproduction fabrics, and Ann Davis did the quilting.
There will also be a silent auction open to show attendees. The proceeds of the activities will benefit the Flo and Phil Jones Hospice House.
Nancy Chrisman, event chairwoman, encourages anyone who is interested in entering their quilts in the show to contact her. Quilts do not have to be made by the person entering them in the show.
For further information such as guidelines and quilt entry forms, visit the St. Bernards Foundation website, www .stbernardsfoundation.org/view/173.