Quilting in America was born of necessity. Quilts provided warm covers for beds and were also used as hangings for doors and windows to keep out the cold. Through the decades quilting has progressed into a true art form. Women began to meet and form clubs, now known as guilds, to share their love of quilting.
Card Tricks Quilt Guild, which is affiliated with the Arizona Quilt Guild, was started in the early 1990s. We met in homes at first and shared many different projects. Members did demonstrations and taught classes on various techniques.
Quilting creates many scraps. To make good use of scraps quilters make charity quilts for a variety of organizations such as Summit Hospital, the hospice, police and fire departments, and the Humane Society.
Quilts of Valor was born out of a quilter’s desire to help veterans. This organization makes quilts to give to veterans and service men and women. Card Tricks’ quilters and many others make quilts to donate to service members who live in our area. There will be a presentation of Quilts of Valor for local veterans and active servicemen and servicewomen whose names have been submitted and drawn. This presentation will be at the quilt show on Saturday, July 9 at 1:30 p.m. We hope to give away as many as 20 quilts.
Card Tricks’ first quilt show was at the Armory in Show Low in 1997. At that time we showed about 50 quilts. After three years we moved the show to Blue Ridge High School and held our show in connection with the Fall Festival activities. We have since moved to Hon-Dah Resort and Casino for a bigger venue.
The 18th Annual for the Love Of Quilts show will held at the Hon-Dah Resort and Casino July 8 and 9. We will be showing approximately 150 quilts this year. The quilts and fiber-art items are made by quilters in the White Mountains and around the state. There is a $5.00 admission fee for each day, or $7 for a 2-day pass. Raffle tickets may be purchased for raffle quilts made by several local guilds. Card Tricks raffle quilt will benefit Clothe a Child, Fire Fighters Foundation, Hope House, Love Kitchen, and Shop with a Cop this year.