Quilt Guild Fun With An Outdoor Quilt Show


2020 social distancing made it difficult for quilters to gather. Quilting Contessa has an idea that might help you -- have an outdoor quilt show!

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Quilt Guild Fun With An Outdoor Quilt Show

The pandemic has made it difficult for quilters to gather. Here's an idea that might help you.

Quilt Guild Fun With An Outdoor Quilt Show


We did an outdoor Quilt Show in our community. Yes, it was probably easier for us because we live in a 55+ community with limited access. You might be able to adapt this idea by using a school or church parking lot that has limited, preferable one-way, access. If you need to make this a fundraiser for your group, the limited access should allow you to charge a minimal fee to drive by the show.



We advertised it as a drive-by, walk-by, bicycle-by, or golf cart outdoor quilt show. Folks did all of those. Social distancing was observed. Everyone wore a mask. We posted signs that said, "Please do not touch the quilts" and no one did!



In our community, we hung the quilts in many ways. The main group was hung on the fence to the tennis courts.

tennis fence


Each participant was expected to hang her, or his, own quilts and they did so in a variety of ways. Some were hung from ladders, some from porches, and others from golf carts.

golf cart


The larger quilts were most often on the tennis fence, but small ones were hung on chairs, sawhorses, and laundry racks.



We used clips, clothes pins, and skirt hangers. Some added a small name tag with the maker's name, or some information about the quilt.

red truck


The event was successful. I heard a husband say to his wife, "I wouldn't usually go to a quilt show, but I have been so bored. This is wonderful!"



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Debi Warner
Author and humorist, Debi Warner, retired after many years as a clinical librarian and information specialist. She has her Master’s in Library and Information Science and achieved a Distinguished level in the Medical Library Association’s Association of Health Information Professionals. She has worked on teaching physicians to use computers and electronic resources. She also worked on several grants teaching the public how to use the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus public database and is co-author of several articles on health literacy. She took up quilting after retirement in 2012 and chaired the Rio Grande Valley Quilt Show in 2019. She currently teaches several quilting classes over Zoom and writes for QuiltingHub.
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