Talent abounds at Sturgis Quilt Show

More than 40 quilts are hung throughout the Sturgis Public Library for this year’s Sturgis Quilt Show. Pioneer photo by Deb Holland

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STURGIS — For Joan DeWall, quilting is creative, relaxing, challenging and fun.

DeWall, who lives on a ranch near Beulah, Wyo., learned to quilt 23 years ago when she took a quilting class with some friends at Belle Fourche.

The original group of friends, and a few more, are still quilting, and gather once a month to talk about their projects and enjoy each other’s company.

“It’s really a social thing anymore,” DeWall said. 

DeWall and other members of the group are represented with works at the Sturgis Quilt Show. Quilts will be on display at the Sturgis Public Library through October and November.

“I’ve met so many nice women around the whole area who quilt.

It’s fun to go to quilt shows you recognize names and faces,” she said. 

DeWall has three entries in this year’s show. The largest, by far, is her “My Favorite Things,” quilt. It’s larger than a queen size and features many of DeWall’s favorite things about living in the Black Hills.

There’s a cabin, acorns, wildflowers, a pine tree and a butterfly to name a few of the featured items on the quilt. 

And although some family members have expressed interest in having the quilt, DeWall said the “My Favorite Things” quilt is actually one of her favorites of all the quilts she has made.

“I’m not giving it up for a while. It’s appealing to me,” she said.

She said the quilt was a labor of love being born in 2007 at Dakota Quilt Company in Spearfish and finished in 2017. 

“I love this quilt,” DeWall wrote on the name tag attached to the quilt.

In addition to DeWall, other women who frequent the monthly quilt gathering are Paulette Meland, Sturgis, Lynette Kvanvig, Sturgis

Sharon Assmus, Sturgis, Gertrude Thompson, Spearfish, Maxine Hanson, Spearfish, and Gloria Borgman, Spearfish.

The gatherings usually take place at Thompson’s home because it is a central location. 

“Each one of us has a project. We bring our own sack lunch and stay until 3:30 or 4. It’s just a fun get-together,” DeWall said.

Quilts at the 9th Annual Sturgis Quilt Show, sponsored by the Sturgis Area Arts Council, are hung in areas on both the first and second floors of the Sturgis Public Library. There are large quilts like DeWall’s, smaller wall-hanging quilts and everything in between.

The show is open for viewing during the library’s regular hours for the months of October and November. Viewers are encouraged to vote for their favorite quilt for the Viewer’s Choice Award, sponsored by the Sturgis Area Arts Council. A special program held in conjunction with this year’s exhibit will be a bed turning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19. People are invited to bring a quilt which is special to them. The quilt does not have to be made by the person who brings it. Quilts are stacked on “the bed,” and the owner will tell a bit of the story behind the quilt as the quilts are removed. 

IF YOU GO

WHAT: Sturgis Quilt Show

WHEN: October and November

WHERE: Sturgis Public Library, 1040 Harley-Davidson Way, Sturgis

MORE: A program and refreshments will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at the library in conjunction with the show.

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