Piecemakers Quilt Guild Presents The 2012 Harvest Of Quilts

By Kathy L Collins

Who doesn’t love a quilt? A quilt can be used to keep you warm and comfy or they can be used as an artistic element. You can view hundreds of quilts at the 2012 Harvest of Quilts presented by Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Brandon on Friday, October 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday, October 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show will be held at the International Showmen’s Association located at 6915 Riverview Dr. in Riverview.

According to Guild member, Mary Kovalovsky, “This is a great opportunity for people to see beautiful quilts, have lots of fun shopping and meet people in our community who have a love of quilting.” There will be good food, plenty of free parking. Admission is $6 per person or $5 for groups of 15 or more.

In addition to viewing fabulous quilts, you can even buy some quilts and other items at Grandma’s Attic Window Boutique. Kovalovsky said, “Guild members have been making hundreds of items to sell at the show.” Items include Christmas ornaments, purses, tote bags, pet accessories, toys, kitchen items, iron caddies, table runners, scarves, aprons, luggage tags and sewing accessories.

Proceeds from the show will benefit Brandon Outreach Clinic, The Spring and Shelter Box.

The Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Brandon has been in existence since 1989. The Guild meets on the second Monday of the month at First United Methodist Church located at 120 Knights Ave. N. in Brandon from 7 to 9 p.m.

While the Guild is a great organization for quilters to come together for the love of quilting, the Guild also has a strong community outreach component. Each member is responsible for making at least one lap quilt or baby quilt that is donated to the Neonatal ICU at Brandon Regional Hospital. The baby quilts are then given to the babies’ parents, and the lap quilts are given to other organizations.

In addition, quilts made by members are donated to A Kid’s Place in Brandon and to Joshua House in Tampa.

For more information on the Piecemakers Quilt Guild of Brandon or on the upcoming 2012 Harvest of Quilts, please visit www.brandonquiltguild.com.