A celebration in our tiny gold rush town nestled in the Sierras in the midst of the Tahoe National Forest, our bi-annual MSQ Fall Colors Quilt Retreat will take place in Downieville, CA, on October 7 & 8, 2016. Four classes will be offered on both Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am-4:00 pm, by teachers Magaret Boothby, Sandra Bruce, Betsy Cammack, Dierdre Campbell, Kris Cook, Peggy Daigle and Heidi Emmet. For more details on the classes offered, including the reservation form, download the PDF of our brochure below, or click on the registration and class links on the left.
Capping off the Retreat will be our annual Opportunity Quilt drawing on Saturday at 4:00 pm in the Downieville Community Hall. This year's Opportunity Quilt is a Civil War era, queen-sized beauty, designed by Paula Barnes, with star blocks mounted on a deep blue background. This annual drawing allows us to award college scholarships to local high school seniors. You can find a picture of this year's Opportunity Quilt on our home page.
Our 31st annual event, the Mountain Star Quilters' Fall Colors Quilt Show was held in Downieville, CA, on Route 49 in scenic Sierra County, in the Community Hall on October 3 & 4, 2015. Admission to the Quilt Show was $5.00.
In addition to all the wonderful quilts on display, we featured vendors, door prizes, and a country store. A special treat for the 2015 show was a traveling exhibit of the Hoffman Challenge Quilt winners. The culmination of this lovely weekend of immersion in all things quilt-related was an opportunity drawing for the 2015 Opportunity Quilt, an 1860's reproduction quilt designed by Paula Barnes and made by the group's members. Proceeds from this quilt raffle are given as scholarships to graduating Downieville High School students each June.
Take a look at this year's stunning Opportunity Quilt as it was coming together... Inspired by the Greystone House in Upperville, Virginia that was deeded to George Washington by Lord Fairfax - and later in the center of many Civil War skirmishes - Barnes' design evokes the deep history of the area. The fabrics are all reproduction of fabrics used during the Civil War era.
The drawing for the quilt was held on Sunday, October 4 at 3:00 p.m. and coveted by many, helping raise a bounty for the scholarship fund.
Two days of all-day classes, led by teachers Margaret Boothby, Patti Estey, Carolyn Kenney, Cathy Stone, and Judy Cummings were held in various locations around Downieville on October 3 & 4, 2014. Click here to see some pictures of what beauty was created, and good times had. This 30th annual event brought both local and visiting quilters together for a fun-filled flurry of sewing activity, shared techniques and learning adventure!
On Friday evening a presentation was given by Mary Moore, a well-known fiber artist in the Grass Valley area. Quilting since 1978, Mary shared stories about how to care for the quilts we love—when and how to fix, if to wash and how to love. Additionally, as the main embroiderer working with 100 others on the San Juan Ridge Tapestry, inspired by the 120-foot-long medieval Bayeaux Tapestry, Mary discussed some of the work behind this monumental project.
At the end of the Retreat, everyone gathered together in the Community Hall to take a look at what each other had accomplished, and to eagerly await the drawing for this year's gorgeous 2014 Opportunity Quilt raffle winner.