Quilting squares

Quilt lovers can feast their eyes on butterflies this weekend at the Grand Hotel, where the Minot Prairie Quilt Festival is being held.

The theme of the quilt show is “Give Your Imagination Wings” and organizer Becky Spies thought butterflies were the perfect symbol.

“They are pretty,” said Spies, who came up with the theme, and “they’re a symbol of renewal.”

“Challenge” quilters submitted quilts with the butterfly theme to a contest this year. There are nearly 200 quilts on display in all shapes and sizes with themes ranging from flowers to cats to fish as well as butterflies.

Quilt show organizer Susan Melgaard said she thinks this is the best year yet for quilts, which are more beautiful than ever.

Today is the last day of the three-day festival. Admission at the door is $3. Those who would like to take classes from master quilters will pay $15 registration. The quilt show will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today.

Spies said quilters come from across North Dakota and Montana and about one-third of the 242 registered quilters come from Canada.

“Some of the ladies consider this their quilting reunion,” said Spies.

Spies only began quilting about 12 years ago, though she sewed when she was a girl. Spies said she took classes in quilting at the Adult Learning Center and got hooked on the art form.

The Minot Prairie Quilt Guild meets on the first Thursday of every month at Vincent United Methodist Church. The group also has a website at ( Spies said the group doesn’t offer formal classes for beginning quilters, though members have talked about organizing some since some of the other quilting classes in the area have stopped being offered. However, anyone who is interested in learning more about quilting is welcome to come to a meeting to learn more about it, said Spies.

The quilt festival has two national teachers this year, including quilt historian Mary Kerr and Brenda Henning of Bear Paw Productions.