Quilters Take Over Convention Center

Quilters Take Over Convention Center Click to Enlarge Photo: Jake Judd (KNSI)

(KNSI) - Sewing enthusiasts are flocking to St. Cloud for the largest quilting convention in the state.

The Minnesota Quilters Association chose the River's Edge Convention Center as the site of the 40th annual show. The event is expected to draw around 8,000 people through Saturday.

Janelle Coy, with St. Cloud Sewing, has been coming to the convention for more than 20 years and says quilting is a great activity.

"It’s the creativity, the self-satisfaction of a beautiful job well done and the challenge to better yourself each and every time."

She says 95-percent of everything she makes, she gives away as gifts.

Dawn Shuck drove more than 700 miles from Branson, Missouri, for the convention and says there's just something special about quilting.

"I think it's the camaraderie, women getting together and doing something that they love."

She's been coming to the convention for 10 years.

The quilts on display are judged throughout the event in several categories, with creators as young as 8 years old.

On Thursday, Mayor Dave Kleis will select the official St. Cloud quilt for the city.

Daily entrance to the expo is $14 for non-members of the Minnesota Quilters Association, $12 for members, $5 for kids age 8 to 12 and kids under 8 are free.

The expo hall is open 9 to 6 Thursday and Friday, and from 9 to 4 on Saturday.

In celebration of the event, Beaver Island Brewing Company has partnered with the quilters to release a Special Edition Quilters Beer that will be available during the conference at the Beaver Island Brewing taproom

This is the sixth time since 2000 that the Minnesota Quilters Association has held their annual event in St. Cloud.

Next year, the event will be in Rochester and then back in St. Cloud in 2020.

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