Johnie Scofield, Agave Guild
On Saturday, April 2 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., the Agave Quilt Guild will hold its seventh annual Quilt Show in the Oakwood Ballroom of the Oakwood Country Club, 24218 S. Oakwood Blvd. in Sun Lakes, Arizona. This one day, free quilt show features quilts of all styles; each one stitched by one of the 200 plus guild members. Attendees will see large traditionally pieced bed quilts, all of the beautiful forms of applique, both machine and needle-turn, and many, many superb artistic wall quilts. There will be examples of crazy quilting, miniatures, and yo-yos, plus quilted totes, bags and purses. While many of the quilts are machine sewn and quilted; others are exceptional examples of hand–piecing and hand-quilting. The show even includes a special fundraising raffle, the President’s Challenge designed by President Faith Bragg. The theme of the 2016 challenge is “What is Black and White and Red?” with all colors allowed, and more than 20 challenge wall quilts, plus one larger art quilt will be up for silent auctioned, or rafflied. Included are the three award-winning challenge quilts, as voted on by the membership.
The Agave Guild, founded 20 years ago, also has an excellent boutique full of handmade treasures like aprons, small wall hangings, luggage tags, plus quilted purses, bags, totes, potholders and casserole carriers. There are handmade quilted placemats, plus Easter and Mother’s Day gifts; moreover, everything is priced very reasonably. All boutique receipts will fund continuing member education, and Agave’s community service projects. For 2016, Agave’s service project is making comfort quilts for hospitalized children staying at hospitals that currently receive no quilts from other guilds. Along with the boutique and the challenge quilts, the show always includes several themed raffle baskets, like golfing, wine and cheese, and of course, quilting. Tickets for raffle items are $1 each and six for $5. Again in 2016, there is no admission charge to attend. The Oakwood Country Club has free parking, a great onsite restaurant, The Poolside Café, and handicapped access for those who need it. To get to the show enter Oakwood at the Riggs and E.J. Robson intersection and after passing through the guard station, take Robson to Oakwood Blvd. Follow the signs and continue left to the ballroom. For a most wonderful time, come spend April 2 at the Agave Quilt Show in the ballroom of the Oakwood Country Club.