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By Brenda Ferrario
Article originally published in spring 2023 Applegater Newsmagazine

The Rogue Valley Piecemakers, including members from the Applegate Valley, will hold their 41st annual Quilt Show on Friday and Saturday, May 12 and 13, at the Josephine County Fairgrounds in Grants Pass. The pavilion will be full of beautiful quilts on display. We will have lots of surprises and special displays, as this year’s theme is “Every Quilt Tells a Story!” The show will feature beautiful bed, lap, and children’s quilts, innovative art quilts, other fabric-related items, and quilts made by guild members celebrating the theme. Knowledgeable guild members will be on hand both days to answer questions about quilts and quilting and to demonstrate various techniques.

The Piecemakers’ Heartworks Boutique will sell gently used sewing supplies, quilts, and gifts handcrafted by guild members. A silent auction will include quilts, wall hangings, and other items. Vendors from Oregon and California will sell fabrics, patterns, and the latest notions and machines for quilters.

Attendees could win door prizes (given away hourly on both days) or raffle items of themed baskets and prizes. They can also purchase tickets for a chance to win the Piecemaker’s 2023 Opportunity Quilt, “Aurora.” Proceeds from the Opportunity Quilt will benefit the Women’s Crisis Center and Wildlife Images. The lucky winners of the Opportunity Quilt raffle and silent auction raffle will be announced prior to the close of the show on Saturday afternoon.

Quilt Show hours are 10 am to 4 pm both days at the Josephine County Fairgrounds, on Route 199 in Grants Pass. Admission is $5 per day; children under 12 are admitted free. There is ample free parking.

The purpose of the Rogue Valley Piecemakers is to contribute to the growth and knowledge of quilting through friendship, inspiration, education, and community outreach. Our meetings provide a time to enjoy fellowship, learn more about quilting techniques, and share experiences about the art of making quilts. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in quilting. Our activities include Sit and Stitch, Show and Tell, demonstrations and workshops, classes taught by professional teachers, and the Comfort Quilt program.

Visitors are welcome! Join us, along with other Applegate Valley members, on the first and third Mondays of the month from 9 am to noon at the Fruitdale Grange,1440 Parkdale Drive, Grants Pass (at the corner of Rogue River Highway and Parkdale Drive).
For more information, please stop by one of our meetings, write Rogue Valley Piecemakers, PO Box 5652, Grants Pass, OR 97527, or visit our website at

1. Judy Zwan and Joyce Finch of the Rogue Valley Piecemakers show off some of their handiwork.
2. Cathy Penland of the Rogue Valley Piecemakers with some handcrafted handiwork.