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QuiltWeek 2013 Kicks Off

Posted at 3:19 PM, Aug 15, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-15 15:19:14-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich- Thousands of people are descending on DeVos Place in Grand Rapids this week for QuiltWeek 2013.

The event features more than 700 quilts from around the world, lessons on quilting, and a quilting competition.  Organizers of the event say there’s definitely something for everyone to enjoy.

“People many times will come down and expect to see blankets, and what they find out is that they’re seeing really detailed works of fiber art.  You’ll see people look at something and think it was a picture until they get right up to it and realize what its made out of,” said Tim Langlitz of the American Quilter’s Society.

“I guess it’s the challenge of trying something new,  a new type of project, a new technique, new colors, new designs; it’s just always out there, a new challenge,” says quilter Patty Girvan, who traveled from Florida to attend the event.

QuiltWeek has been such a success, that Grand Rapids actually moved the dates of this year’s Restaurant Week to coincide with the event and all the visitors it brings to the city.  Organizers have also signed a new three-year contract to bring the event back to Grand Rapids in 2015, 2016, and 2017. QuiltWeek is currently in its second year of its first contract with the city.

QuiltWeek 2013, runs through Saturday, August 17th.  For more information, click here.