Quilt Walk Around Polson, January 13th-25th. Check out the designs and colors of these wonderful quilts displayed in the various stores.
These groups include quilters at all levels of expertise–from beginners looking for advice to artists willing to share their knowledge. National quilting winners abound in western Montana. I visited the Bitterroot Guild and was awed by the beauty of the quilts created by members.
Bitterroot Quilters Guild, Hamilton, includes 3 mini-groups:
- Quilts 4 Kids has as its mission to provide a “hug” via a quilt to each child in any kind of trauma in Ravalli County.
- Bitterroot Comforters‘ goal is to make something for someone in need of comforting while receiving treatment for cancer or some other life threatening illness at Hamilton’s Marcus Daly Hospital Hospice Center and Chemotherapy Unit.
Sapphire Quilters, Stevensville, meet on the seond Tuesday of each month, 7:00 PM, at the Senior Center, 100 Mission Street.
You can get more information on other quilting groups in the state at this link. I won’t, however, vouch for how current the info is.
Spinning, weaving, felting, knitting . . . . . . . .
Big Sky Fiber Arts Guild is a one-stop group for all manner of fiber arts–everything from classes in wheel and drop spindle spinning; loom, card, and tapestry weaving; plying,felting,dyeing, and knitting; to providing a great source for local fiber producers. Members can also rent Guild equipment.They meet the last Saturday of the month, 10:30am to 3pm, at various locations. Shelley Hunter is the contact person for Big Sky Fiber Arts Guild, and you can email her here.
As they state on their web site, Montana Association of Weavers and Spinners (MAWS):
Membership is open to anyone with an interest in preserving, promoting, and learning about fiber arts. This includes, bur is not limited to, hand spinning, hand weaving, felting, basketry, bead work, sewing, quilting, knitting, crochet work, tatting,, or any other method of creating and embellishing textiles.