- Ryan Redford
Shake off that Cabin Fever!
We are delighted to Welcome the Lake of the Ozarks Cabin Fever Quilt Guild to the museum! Their exhibit has a wide range of quilting styles from a variety of guild members in the Show Me Gallery beginning March 1 thru the end of April.
The Cabin Fever Quilt Guild was Founded in 1987 to preserve the heritage of quilting, instruct members and the community in the techniques and art of quilting, and support each other in information, inspiration while encouraging high standards of quilt making.
The guild takes takes pride in giving back to their community by - making charity quilts for hospice, nursing homes, non-profit organizations wanting a Raffle Quilt - Quilts of Valor (QOVs) for area military - Pillowcases & Ditty Bags with toiletries for children of abuse situations
Although they lost their last Founding Member in 2020 they find inspiration from her many years and styles in her art form. She was an energetic quilter who liked color in her quilts and liked to try various mediums in her quilts such as painting & dried flowers. They have a wide range of quilters and styles. They encourage each other to express themselves in their different mediums and art.
Within the guild may be seen art quilts, bed quilts and miniatures, pieced and appliquéd quilts, hand worked and computerized long arm quilts, traditional styles and modern. The Cabin Fever Quilters may not be “your grandmother’s quilt guild,” but, if you look closely, you will see many echos from the past.
Not only are their quilts made for family and home, but they are also meant to be a means of giving back to the community. Over the years more than 300 quilts have been given to organizations and individuals in the Lake of the Ozarks area and beyond. But, this is much more than a number. Most quilters agree that, besides the cost of materials, it is their time that is most important. By working together as a group, members are able to accomplish every element of the process and are able to present a beautiful quilt to the community.
Some of the quilts have gone to military veterans via the organization, “Quilts of Valor.” This national foundation states as its mission, “… to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.” In addition to the Quilts of Valor program, donations have been made to Share the Harvest, LAMB House, Windsor Estates, Child Advocacy Council, CADV, Breast Cancer Survivors, the Elks Club, burn-out victims, Linn Creek Baptist Church, Veterans Hospital Skilled Nursing, Hurricane Sandy victims, Joplin tornado victims and Central Missouri Foster Care Adoption Association.
The many faces of modern quilting can be seen in the works of the Lake of the Ozarks Cabin Fever Quilter’s Guild. This diversity of styles and designs can be partly attributed to the members coming from many different locations and occupations. From the Pacific Coast to the Gulf Coast, from Colorado, Texas and the midwestern states, members have had former lives working as interpreters for the deaf, teachers, nurse practitioners, RNs, microbiologists, realtors, CPA accountants and even Forest Service personnel. Each person brings a unique perspective to quilting.
You are sure to enjoy this exhibit- it has something for everyone!