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Laura Gulden’s (left) quilt, “Farmhouse,” was made as part of a class at The Thimble Box and designed by Brenda Seidl. It will be given to Laura’s son and daughter-in-law for Christmas.

The New Ulm Quilt Show, presented by the Prairie Piecemakers Quilt Guild and held every two years, will take place at the New Ulm Event Center on April 8-9 and is $8 for adults and $4 for students 12 and older. . The Friday show will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., while the Saturday show will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Prairie Piecemakers is an organization full of quilting enthusiasts, novices and experts who share their love of fabric, design, color and the finished product. The Guild, formed in 1994, currently has 77 members who meet at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. from September through May.

While the New Ulm Quilt Show 2020 has been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Guild is delighted to welcome quilting enthusiasts everywhere for the two-day show.

Several guild members said they had a harder time staying motivated with the quilt after the pandemic shut things down and canceled the 2020 show.

Patty Tauer (left) sewed this mystery quilt during a guild class. The quilt pattern was designed by guest teacher, Susie Webster.

“In my case, it [COVID-19] made me [quilt] less because I was very upset that we had to cancel our last show,” said guild member Mary Ann Wolf. “And I just had to step away from quilting. On the other hand, many members got into quilting because they couldn’t go anywhere during the pandemic.

Guild members Mary Jean Janni and Sylvia Aufderheide agreed with Wolf.

“If you talked to people in quilt shops, they were very busy during this pandemic time,” Jannie said. “I have to say that I too kind of quit quilting for a while. It’s partly because I found a lot of great books to read [laughs].”

“I don’t know if I produced more or not, I know a lot of people did, a lot of my friends did,” said Aufderheide. “I didn’t do much, I think I went more into reading. But not having that quilt show was disappointing and you don’t get that inspiration. Once our meetings start again, you are more inspired and hang out with other quilters.

Patty Haala, president of the Prairie Piecemakers Quilt Guild, said the pandemic has caused her to finish more quilts.

Karen Paa (left) shows off her mystery quilt.

“I made a lot more quilts,” Hala said. “I got caught up in a lot of things.”

Regardless of The Guild’s motivation and inspiration in 2020, members are certainly motivated and eager to have a show full of events and quilting enthusiasts this year.

There will be at least 400 quilts on display at the show this year with two large rooms full of quilts. The show is not “judge”but it is an event to share the love of quilting and inspire others to join in the fun of quilt making.

Although the show will not be judged, New Ulm Mayor Terry Sveine and his wife Elle, along with fellow vendors and guest speaker Doug Leko, will present ribbons to their favorite quilts. The ribbons are handmade by members of The Guild.

Leko is a quilt maker and teacher from Osseo, MN who has been quilting since she was 6 and founded Antler Designs when she was 14 in 2008. Leko has also published over 20 books and 100 models and will give a presentation and trunk exhibit at 2 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday in the hallway at the back of the Event Center.

Laura Gulden (left) completed her mystery quilt in a month. Her rule is to finish one project before starting another.

Alice Forst will be the star quilter of the show this year. Forst started sewing on a treadle machine when he was 8 years old. About 100 of her quilts have been given to children, grandchildren and friends. She is also a founding member of The Guild and has taught many quilting classes, sharing her knowledge and passion for quilting.

On top of that, the show will feature raffles, vendor booths and plenty of demonstrations.

This year, vendors include New Ulm’s Spinning Spools Quilt Shop, The Thimble Box and Sewing Seeds Quilt Co. Additionally, Shades of The Past Quilt Shop in Clara City, The Quilters Dream in Montgomery, Irish Chain in Inver Grove Heights, Jordan’s Lori A Market and Jordan’s Tracy Trevethan Designs are sellers.

In the past, the show has attracted nearly 1,000 visitors from Minnesota, Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska. The Guild expects a similar response this year, as the reputation of the Guild and the talent of its members have grown.

Please visit for more information on this year’s show.

Mystery quilt by Mary Jean Janni (right).

The Prairie Piecemakers Quilt Guild is also always looking for new quilting enthusiasts to join the Guild. If you are interested in becoming a member, please visit and click on the “Guild Info” link at the top of the page.

Although quilting takes a lot of time and dedication, Aufderheide said it’s a rewarding hobby.

“It’s called fabric therapy, sewing therapy, it makes you feel good”, said Aufderheide. “When you put part of it together, it gives you a positive look and when someone comes up to it and says, ‘Oh, that looks really good,’ you get inspired.”

Mysterious quilt by Mary Ann Wolf (left).

Laura Gulden (left) sewed a Christmas quilt from a pattern that will be sold at the Quilt Fair. Lisa’s Favorite Christmas Quilt pattern was designed by Lisa Schwarz and Val Besser.

A look at one of the Prairie Piecemakers Quilt Guild meetings, held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. September through May.

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