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John Lamb, Published September 25 2013

Quilt show lays out its best

FARGO – Quilts are often seen spread across a bed, thrown over the back of the couch or quaintly displayed on a rack.

A number of fabric works and their creators stand upright and proud this weekend at the Indian Summer Quilt Show and Conference.

The event, Friday through Sunday at the Fargo Civic Center, features more than 35 classes and lectures by regional and national instructors with a variety of daily demonstrations and vendors on hand.

The real draw, however, is the more than 200 quilts of varying shapes and sizes by area artisans, including an auction of small quilts.

You don’t have to be a seamstress, needleworker or a crafter to appreciate the artistry in the works. And you don’t need an art degree to recognize the creativity and vision created by hand.

While some hold to classic patterns and techniques, some challenge preconceived notions of “grandma quilts.” Others find ways to combine the two.

From a distance you are drawn in by the designs, whether they are meticulously well-balanced and proportional or asymmetrical, seemingly free-form.

Step closer though, real close, and scrutinize the stitching, how intricate the needlework is, the textures they create.

Whether the finished product is a combination of fashion and function meant for everyday use, or more a work of art intended for display, the works at the Indian Summer Quilt Show will give you plenty to look at and as much to think about.

If you go

What: Indian Summer Quilt Show and Conference

When: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Fargo Civic Center, 207 4th St. N.

Info: Admission is $5 per day or $10 for a three-day pass

Readers can reach Forum reporter John Lamb at (701) 241-5533