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Quilters Share Joy of Creating Functional Art

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North Louisiana Quilter's Guild
Linda Easterling shows 47 works of quilting at this year's Quilt Show.

The North Louisiana Quilter’s Guild brings the joy of quilting to the Twin Cities. “Quilt Show 2016” is Friday February 26th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and continues Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Monroe Civic Center. Following a two year hiatus, this year’s event promises to be the largest event yet.

“We can look forward to a lot more quilts, and a lot more visually stunning exhibits. We have more vendors out this year; it’s just a big quilting extravaganza,” says Committee Chair Marie Easterling. The event is geared for both advanced and novice quilters.

This year’s featured quilter is Linda Easterling, who has 47 works exhibited. Her pieces have a reputation for being very colorful and eye-catching. Her works feature both functional quilts as well as “art quilts” which are designed only to be displayed. Many other area quilters are also showing their works.

“As a teenager, my mom tried to teach me to sew -- and yes, I did rebel, but as an adult I find that really like the whole process of it [quilting].  It works with both sides of your brain,” explains Marie Easterling. The quilts take anywhere from many hours to years to complete, and each showcases the quilter’s technical prowess as well as artistic ability.

Although traditionally a hobby enjoyed by women, more and more men are rising to fame within quilting circles, and anyone interested in quilting is encouraged to come to the show.

More information about the 2016 Quilt Show can be found at the Guild's website.

Kirby Rambin is a natural entertainer, having played violin since the age of 9 and performing publicly since he was just 12. As a teen, he performed with the Monroe Youth Symphony and the Louisiana All-State Orchestra.