April 12, 2022
And Quilt Blocks of Iowa Sate Fair
We are thrilled to welcome Iowa State Fair Fabric and Threads Superintendent, Dorothy Faidley, speaking on her experiences of -“20,000 later”.
Dorothy Faidley became superintendent of Fabric and Threads in 1982. She began working in the department at the age of 16. With the exception of a few years off to spend time with her young children she has been there every year. When Dorothy became superintendent, Fabric and Threads was housed east of the grandstand. During her 40 year tenure Fabric and Threads has expanded in just about every way. Not only are the quilts now displayed in a wonderful, air-conditioned space in the Varied Industry Building but the number of exhibits have grown significantly. Fabric and Threads exhibits feature quilts, embroidery, needlepoint, crochet, knitting, weaving, tatting, hooked rugs, sewn clothing and home décor.
Dorothy grew up in Prairie City, Iowa. She graduated from the University of Iowa and has worked as a nurse for 35 years. She lives on a farm southeast of Colfax where she and her husband, Don raised 3 children. Husband Don has coordinated hanging the quilts for more than 30 years along with the help of other family members. They are truly an Iowa State Fair family!
Jean Nolte joins us again, this time as Editor/Creative Director of the book: Quilt Blocksof the Iowa State Fair.
This book features patterns for the 102 quilt blocks that are showcased on the Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Jean will have books for sale at our guild meeting. Proceeds from the sale of this books go to the “Fabric and Threads” department at the fair.