Naperville quilters ready to inspire at NIU exhibit
BY Jane Donahue For Sun-Times Media May 6, 2013 10:02PM
The Riverwalk Quilt Guild presents its opportunity quilt, Golden Radiance. The quilt will be raffled off on June 15.| Submitted photo
What: Naperville Quilts! 2013 — Be Inspired
When: May 10, from 2 to 9 p.m. and May 11, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Northern Illinois University – Naperville campus, 1120 E. Diehl Rd. in Naperville
Updated: June 9, 2013 6:04AM
Members of the Riverwalk Quilters Guild plans to share their talents with the community when they host Naperville Quilts 2013 — Be Inspired at Northern Illinois University’s Naperville campus Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11.
“Quilters love what they do and want to share it with the world,” said Catherine Redford, president of Riverwalk Quilters Guild. “We want to let the people of Naperville know what we do and invite them to join in.”
More than 300 quilts will be on display during the guild’s inaugural exhibition that Redford describes as “fresh, inclusive and inspiring.”
“We will have all types of quilts on display, from reproductions of vintage quilts to the latest in modern quilting,” Redford said. “There will be something for everyone: art quilts and aprons, wonderful shopping opportunities and demonstrations of different stitching techniques.”
Founded in 1994, the Riverwalk Quilters Guild currently includes more than 120 members who are eager to share their skills. Naperville residents Sandy Doubek and Loraine Nemo are at the helm of the club’s first show.
“Events like this offer our members a wonderful opportunity to showcase their work, talent and art,” said Doubek, 51. “Many quilters find great joy in the process of handling the fabric, creating with color and giving the gift of themselves to others.”
Nemo, a charter member of group, said along with providing a platform for their members, the show is an opportunity for new quilters to learn about the guild.
“We know there are many quilters in our area who do not know our guild exists,” said Nemo, 59. “Our event can open a new world to people who want to share their quilting passion with others, and be part of a creative and educationally-oriented group.”
And, Redford added, the Riverwalk Quilters Guild is for quilters of all ages and abilities. “We welcome all level, from people who have just started their first quilt to blue ribbon winners at major shows,” said Redford.
“We are always open to new members and are hoping to attract them to our show and then to our meetings.”
But whether a novice or seasoned quilter, organizers say Naperville Quilts! 2013 — Be Inspired promises to do just that.
“I expect visitors to either be inspired to create and explore quilting and fiber arts, or to experience a newfound appreciation for what can be created with fabric,” said Nemo. “Attendees can expect to learn something new from our demonstrations and lectures and about our guild’s philanthropic efforts.”