Silver Threads Quilt Show is back and better than ever

File photos The biannual Silver Threads Quilt Show is back. This year's theme is ‘Quilting Through the Ages’ and has been a work in progress for going on three years. Last year's event was canceled due to COVID.

CREEDE — The biannual Silver Threads Quilt Show is scheduled to take place Sept. 17-19 after having to cancel last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This event brings quilt lovers from all over the U.S. to the Creede Underground Community Center for two days of quilts, food and offers a place to purchase holiday gifts. 

For the past 17 years, every other year, the Silver Threads Quilt Show has awed crowds from all walks of life and this year is expected to be no different.

“Our first show was in 2004, which was titled 'Mining for Treasures.' The reason for the title was because the show is held in a mine in Creede. We are the only underground quilt show and the venue is unique. Plus, we always chose this time of the year because of the changing of the leaves. It gives people one more thing to look forward to while visiting Creede,” said Silver Threads Quilt Guild member Vi Koch.

This year’s theme is “Quilting Through the Ages” one that shows the longevity of a quilt once it has been made. In previous shows, the guild has had antique quilts on hand to show during specific times during the event and some are a sight to be seen. This year the Challenge category for the guild was to create a quilt from a collection of fabrics, some of which were over 100 years old.

Other categories include Bed Quilts, Lap Quilts, Wall Hangings, Holiday, Children, Creative Panels, Art, Modern, Quilter's Origin, (this piece describes/depicts something about the area where the quilter is from, born, grew up, lives, etc.), Vintage (this allows the quilter to make something new out of something old) and fits the theme of the show.

“We have approximately 140 quilts made by the members. Also, we will have a display of antique quilts. There will be a demonstration of the antique quilts at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. both Friday and Saturday. Information will be given on the history of the quilts, care of quilts, ideas on finishing unfinished quilts, and other suggestions for avid quilters,” organizers stated.

There will be five onsite vendors, the Quilter’s Café which offers sandwiches, drinks and desserts, and a place to rest before heading back to the show. There will also be a scavenger hunt for children who attend with their parents. In the past, the scavenger hunt has been a huge success, and everyone is looking forward to having it again this year. 

Show dates are Sept. 17-19 — 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $4.

The raffle quilt, which has been appraised for $2,000, will be on display. Raffle tickets will also be available to purchase. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday. Participants do not need to be in attendance to win.

Ticket sales from the show raffle quilt go to various community organizations in the Creede area and to make quilts for veterans, Ronald McDonald House, disaster relief victims and care centers.

Creede will also be hosting its annual Cruisin’ the Canyon Car Show that same weekend.



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