challenge quilt

Stars Above the Sierras

In 1986 a few avid quilters got together to swap tips in the back of a fabric store in Gardnerville.  Fast forward more than 30 years to the Carson Valley Quilt Guild which meets monthly, puts on a biennial quilt show, guild challenges, classes, workshops, and plans a yearly retreat to Lake Tahoe. 

The 11th quilt show in June 2018 with the theme Stars Above the Sierra, will draw over 1,000 visitors to the valley to view and judge 200 quilts submitted by over 150 artisans. These quilts extend from beds to actual works of art displayed in full view.

Visit the show June 2 & 3, at the Douglas County Community Center, to see these amazing works of art. Quilts often tell a story and have a special meaning to the quilter. Here are the stories behind some of the treasures, and the responses are as varied as the quilts themselves.

FLYING GEESE – Barbara Clark

Autumn quilt
Barbara Clark quilted this table topper with her favorite Autumn poem.

A haze on the far horizon,
the infinite tender sky.
The ripe, rich tints of the cornfields
and the wild geese sailing high.
And all over upland and lowland,
the charm of the goldenrod.
Some of us call it Autumn
and others call it GOD!






Quilt art
Nancy Lampson was inspired by her travels to Mount Fitz Roy, in El Chalten, Argentina.

Mount Fitz Roy – Nancy Lampson

After a visit to Patagonia, Mrs. Lampson was so inspired she used ¼” squares and tweezers to create this Impressionistic Landscape quilt. This magnificent piece graces her wall.  








sampler quilt
Sarah Jo McKee proudly displays this quilt 30 years in the making.


In the early 1980’s Mrs. McKee picked out the perfect fabric and began creating the pieces of this sampler quilt. After many moves and 30 years, she picked up where she left off and created this quilt to be displayed for the ages.











men's tie quilt
Sue Jeffery honors her loved one’s legacy with this lap quilt.

JOHNNY’S TIES – Sue Jeffrey

Mrs. Jeffery’s late brother-in-law scoured local thrift shops for men’s ties when she mentioned how inspired she was by a pattern. A few years later she found another pattern and made the quilt, which now grace’s her sister-in-law’s sofa.











THE GREEN MAN – Kathleen Schmidt

green quilt
Kathleen Schmidt discovered that fabric takes on a mind of its own and builds her quilts to capture it.

Mrs. Schmidt found inspiration in a gray, rainy day in Alaska, when the colors of the green grass and trees we intensified. When her grays and greens weren’t coming together quite as she expected, she stood back and realized she has created a face like an Easter Island statue.










mermaid quilt
Lisa DuCoing breathed new life into a discarded antique doily.


During a two-year journey, Mrs. DuCoing created A Mermaid Tale, using antique lace and doilies. All the embellishments were hand embroidered, and her favorite is the bubblegum pink doily.









Please visit the Carson Valley Quilt Guild 2018 Quilt Show, June 2-3, 2018, at the Douglas County Community & Senior Center, Gardnerville, NV. The show includes:

  • Over 200 handmade quilts on display
  • Lecturer, Velda Newman
  • Great Raffle Baskets
  • Heritage Exhibit
  • Door Prizes
  • Vendor Mall
  • Ample Free Parking
  • Wi-Fi

Visitors and quilting enthusiasts alike will come together to enjoy this classic art form.


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