If you’ve ever been lucky enough to be gifted a big handmade quilt from a relative you know it’s a special thing. And if you’ve ever tried to make a quilt you know that there is a lot of love and patience that goes into it.
The very first quilt show in Kuna was August, 2000, in the Senior Citizen Center organized by Colleen Cook, Mary Hege, Suzi Maggard and Julia Ziegler, and supported by the Kuna Chamber of Commerce. They had 90 quilts and one vendor. The next two years the show moved to Teed Elementary and when the high school opened, it moved there.
The Idaho PieceMakerS formed in 2002 and began with about 15 members. Now with 150 members from all over the Treasure Valley of all skill levels and all ages – both women and men –the show has grown in size. The Quilt Show this year will display 175 quilts, have at least 20 vendors, a country store, holding workshops and will be hosting special exhibits.
What makes the Idaho PieceMakerS a little different than most quilt groups is the philanthropic direction of the group to give back to the community. They give the net proceeds of the show to deserving causes that includes over $20,000 in the past four years. They say it makes all the hard work worthwhile.
The quilt show is held the first weekend in August during Kuna Days and member Bonnie Heinrich said last year that over 1,200 people attended over the two days.
There will be free demonstrations, spontaneous performances by Boise Chordsmen quartets, drawings for quilts and a Pfaff Quilt Expression sewing machine donated by Idaho Sewing & Vacuum Center of Boise. For every two items of food donated or $2 cash donation, you could be entered into the drawing for the sewing machine. Last year, over 1,800 pounds of food were collected at the show.
There is a suggested admission of $5, with net proceeds from the 2013 quilt show to be divided between the Boise Chordsmen Youth Outreach Program, Idaho Women Veterans Organization, Comfort Kits for Kids – Meridian Kiwanis, Project Kids – Back Pack Program and the Meridian and Kuna Community Food Bank – Back Pack Program.
14th annual quilt show in Kuna, produced by Idaho PieceMakerS is on August 3rd and 4th during Kuna Days at Kuna High School. Show hours are 10 – 6 on Saturday and 10-4 on Sunday. Visit their website at www.idahopeacemakers.com
The Idaho PeaceMakers meet the 4th Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Kuna United Methodist Church and bring food items each month to supplement the Kuna Community Food Bank.