Washington museum docent to present on historic quilts next week at biannual show

Maribeth Schmit, correspondent docent of the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum in Washington, D.C., will give a presentation on historic quilts at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25 during the North Star Quilters Guild's "Quilting on the Red Quilt Show" on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26 at the Alerus Center.

A presentation, “Masterpiece Quilts from the DAR Museum Collection,” will be given by a visiting speaker at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, as part of the Quilting on the Red Quilt Show next weekend at the Alerus Center.

The speaker, Maribeth Schmit, is correspondent docent for the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum in Washington, D.C.

The biannual show, presented by the North Dakota Quilters Guild, is set for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 25-26.

Schmit’s presentation will highlight some of the quilts in the collection that represent the time span from 1750 to 1940. Because the DAR is a genealogical-based organization, the quilts are accompanied by histories and explanation of their place or source of origin.

The quilts are made from fabrics that reflect the taste, style and often the wealth of the women artists, according to event organizers.


Schmit will bring some quilts for a brief show-and-tell following her presentation, event organizers said.

Also at noon Friday, Schmit, a show judge, will present a trunk show featuring nearly 40 quilts and quilt tops made over the years, exhibiting a wide variety of techniques ranging from traditional hand and machine applique’ to pieced work and more contemporary fiber art themes.

Several other presentations by experienced quilters also are planned during the two-day event, as well as a silent auction, raffles and activities to spur youth’s interest in quilting.

Proceeds from the basket raffle will benefit the local Global Friends Coalition and the raffle quilt will benefit Altru Hospice.

Admission to the quilt show is $8 for a single day or $12 for two days. Admission to the lecture is $12.

Show hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

The guild welcomes everyone to the quilt show, including beginner, experienced and non-quilters. New members may join the North Star Quilters Guild at any time, organizers said.

The Alerus Center is at 1200 42nd St. S.


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Pamela Knudson is a features and arts/entertainment writer for the Grand Forks Herald.

She has worked for the Herald since 2011 and has covered a wide variety of topics, including the latest performances in the region and health topics.

Pamela can be reached at or (701) 780-1107.
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