QuiltFest returns to Oak Mountain Middle

NORTH SHELBY – About 350 quilts will be on display on Friday and Saturday, June 16-17, at Oak Mountain Middle School as part of the biennial QuiltFest event.

QuiltFest is hosted by the Birmingham Quilters Guild, which comprises about 200 members who submit the quilts.

Some of the quilts will be judged, with winners to be announced prior to the public exhibition, while others quilts are intended to be simply enjoyed by attendees, said Judy Collins, chairwoman of the Guild’s QuiltFest 2017 steering committee.

“We do this to share our work with the public as well as it’s our major fundraiser,” Collins said.

Admission to QuiltFest 2017, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days, costs $7 per day.

The theme for QuiltFest 2017 is “Who Are You?”

The event also includes a variety of vendors—those selling goods related to quilting as well as unrelated items—a silent auction, door prizes, demonstrations and more.

Guild members created quilts that will be sold via the silent auction, and proceeds will benefit Meals on Wheels after members voted on which charity to support this time around.

Collins said organizers expect about 1,500 to attend QuiltFest 2017, which would be the largest ever installment of the event that is held every two years, usually at OMMS.

Katharine Stubbs Ward of Key West, Florida, served as the certified judge for the competition. The quilts are judged on workmanship, color, composition and creativity, Collins said.

Collins said the committee of 33 members in addition to volunteers worked for at least 10 months to prepare for the show.

Oak Mountain Middle Schools is located at 5650 Cahaba Valley Road in North Shelby County.

For more information, visit BhamQuilters.com.