In 2004, Jackie Robinson and a team of volunteers decided that with all of the interest in quilting in northwest Montana, a quilt show in Eureka would be quite fitting. They worked together to test the waters and tried a dry-run that year. The next year, the Eureka Montana Quilt Show was born!
Today, the nonprofit EMQS Foundation puts on one of the biggest events in downtown Eureka, drawing thousands of people every first Saturday in August. Hundreds of colorful quilts are hung along the main street, in the Historical Village and in Memorial Park.
More than 500 quilts will be on display in 2017. Vendors in the Historical Village and other special events are all part of the day.
The first “featured quilter” was honored in 2007. This year’s featured quilter is Carol Hanson, a Eureka native who spent 26 years teaching in the town’s public school system before retiring to spend more time quilting. “I have dabbled a bit in design and have had several designs published in nationally known magazines,” she says, “but my greatest enjoyment comes from just looking at my stash and deciding what I want to make next. “
This year’s Raffle Quilt is “Hummingbirds,” designed and donated by Jackie Robinson of Animas Quilt Publishing, quilted by Debbie Tribble. Tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and available through Eureka Quilt Show, PO Box 144, Eureka, MT 59917.
If you are a quilter or someone who enjoys seeing beautifully crafted work, or just someone looking for a great way to spend a Saturday in northwest Montana, be sure to stop by the Eureka Montana Quilt Show. Bring your camera, as there are some great opportunities to capture this spectacular happening in the Tobacco Valley.
The official website is http://www.eurekaquiltshow.
For recent updates, go to https://www.facebook.com/EurekaMontanaQuiltShow.