Quilts ready to shine in Aurora
A quilter's paradise awaits in Aurora this weekend with the Aurora Colony Historical Society's 46th Annual Quilt Show, which opens Friday Oct.12. This year's show will run through Sunday, Oct. 21 with the theme, "Seeing Stars." Quilts will be displayed in the Old Aurora Colony Museum and the Kraus House, located on the museum grounds.
Quilters from around the region have entered their own handiwork, a family heirloom, or a treasure from their collection to be displayed during the show – many of which focus on the "Seeing Stars" theme.
In addition to the entered quilts, the raffle quilt featuring last year's contest-winning blocks assembled and hand-quilted by the Aurora Colony Quilters will be displayed and waiting for the holder of the winning ticket to claim it on the final day of the show.
The Colony Store will feature fabric, panels, fat quarters, patterns, buttons, notions, vintage linens, yarn, needlecraft supplies, quilts and quilt tops at bargain prices. Additionally, books and magazines with interest for the quilter, seamstress, crafter, knitter and crocheter are also for sale.
Charlotte Wirfs, a fifth generation Oregonian and a former Aurora resident now living in Jacksonville, Ore, is this year's featured quilter. Wirfs began threading needles and hand stitching with her grandmother at age 5, and learned photography and machine sewing skills through 4H programs.
At Western Oregon University in the 1960s, Wirfs completed her first quilt, a copy of one made for her in 1951. Since then she has taken many quilt making classes, speaks to groups about quilts and quilting and about caring for textiles.
Her creative style has evolved from traditional patterns to creating free-form quilts using newer techniques. Her work is rooted in traditional construction but many of her more recent pieces incorporate her passion for photography and will be on display in the Kraus House.
Over the years, Wirfs acquired a collection of more than 200 quilts; she documented the provenance when information was available. She has now generously donated a large portion of her collection to the Historical Society for fundraising purposes.
The antique, vintage and contemporary quilts and quilt tops will be on sale for the duration of the show. On October 12, 13, 14 and October 19, 20, 21, Wirfs will be on hand to answer questions regarding these sale quilts as well as her own contemporary creations.
Quilt Show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Admission is $7.50 per person, groups of 10 or more are $5 per person.