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Show in Biloxi to highlight the beauty of quilts

COURTESY MAGNOLIA QUILTERS OF ORANGE GROVEThis 110-by-110-inch 'opportunity quilt' pieced by members of the Magnolia Quilters of Orange Grove and professionally quilted by Susie Jackson of Hattiesburg is part of the Magnolia Quilters of Orange Grove quilt show Oct. 23-24 at Beauvoir United Methodist Church in Biloxi.
COURTESY MAGNOLIA QUILTERS OF ORANGE GROVEThis 110-by-110-inch 'opportunity quilt' pieced by members of the Magnolia Quilters of Orange Grove and professionally quilted by Susie Jackson of Hattiesburg is part of the Magnolia Quilters of Orange Grove quilt show Oct. 23-24 at Beauvoir United Methodist Church in Biloxi.

Fabric works of art will take the spotlight when the Magnolia Quilters of Orange Grove guild holds its quilt show Oct. 23 and 24 at Beauvoir United Methodist Church, 2113 Pass Road in Biloxi.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and a $2 donation will be accepted at the door.

"We'll have 117 quilts, made by the ones from our group, and from other guilds in Mississippi and Louisiana," guild president Michele Martin said. Sizes range from wall hangings to king-size bed quilts, and designs run the gamut from traditional to contemporary.

"We also will have a special section. The guild does challenges, and this time ours was a color and animal challenge. Each member pulled a crayon out of a bag and used an animal they had chosen, in that color, in their design," Martin said.

Some quilts will be available for purchase.

Guild members are setting up a boutique, and vendors also will be a part of the event.

Silent auction items include a sewing machine and a quilt kit. The church's United Methodist Women's group will have baskets handmade by women in Guyana and will sell breakfasts and lunches.

"And the quilting is not just bed quilts. There will be dolls, pillows, a jacket," Martin said.

The Magnolia Quilters also are offering an "opportunity quilt" at $1 per chance. The 110-by-110-inch (king size) quilt was pieced by members of the guild and professionally quilted by Susie Jackson of Hattiesburg. It was appraised for more than $1,800.

The drawing for the quilt will be Saturday afternoon, and the winner does not have to be present. Proceeds will go toward two organizations the Magnolia Quilters work with: CASA and the neonatal intensive care unit of Memorial Hospital at Gulfport.

In addition, a quilt appraiser, certified by the American Quilting Society, will be on hand. "For a nominal fee, she will appraise your quilt, let you know the approximate value or when it was made, or if it's damaged, if it's worth restoring," Martin said.

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