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Spring 2001

Symposium 2001—Quilting Treasures by the Sea
May 31–June 3, 2001

The Quilters by the Sea are as busy as bees preparing for this year’s symposium to be held at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, NC.

Registration forms are arriving daily and at last count, a total of 385 full-time and 36 part-time had been received and more are expected.

Class schedules for Symposium 2001 are of the format many of you are familiar with. Classes are 3 hours, 6 hours and one is 12 hours, with lectures during each class period.

A quick overview of activities:

Registration will begin at 10:00 a.m. Thursday. The Quilt Show and vendors will also open at this time. This has been moved to an earlier time due to the early close of the quilt show on Saturday evening.

Following dinner Thursday night, Teacher’s Show and Tell and the NCQSI Board Welcome Reception will be held.

Friday morning will begin wonderful classes and lectures that will continue through Sunday noon. Friday evening will feature the Participants’ Fashion Show which also promises to include fashions by some of our teachers and other designers.

The Closing Ceremonies, held after lunch Sunday, offer many things you don't want to miss: A Bernina sewing machine drawing, 3 scholarships to the 2002 Symposium given by the NCQSI Board, plus all the other wonderful door prizes. If you haven’t sent your registration form in yet, don’t delay. There are still openings in many classes, with the exception of the following classes which are already full:

Elly Sienkewicz – all classes full
Pepper Cory – all classes full
Darra Williamson – all classes full
John Flynn – Pickle Dish class full
Jane Hall – Mariner's Compass and Perfect Pineapples full
Carol Liebzeit– Braided Borders and Color Waves full
Anita Shackleford – Heart Wreath full
Mary Stori – one Quilting Stitch class full, Unique Beading full
Husquvarna – Oriental Wall Hanging full
Pfaff – Decorative Threads (Saturday) full

There are still both types of accommodations available in the dorms. If you wish to arrive a day early, on Wednesday, the dorms are available at a cost of $40.00 per person.

If you need further information on the 2001 Symposium, please contact Joanne Arntsen at or Sharon Tartt at

Don’t forget those entries for the quilt show and fashion show!

Besides all the wonderful activities at Symposium 2001, Wilmington, NC is a beautiful, historic seaport town with many lovely old homes to view; and white, sandy beaches to enjoy. Make the most of your weekend at the beach.

Fashion Show

You are extended a special invitation to particpate in the Wearable Art Fashion Show to be held in Kenan Auditorium at UNCW, Friday night, June 1, 2001.

Cash prizes will be awarded for Best of Show, Best Embellishments, Best Use of Color, plus other categories. Along with the competition gaments, there will be a special show of designer garments including Fairfield designers and wonderful garments from teachers (Mary Stori, Carol Liezbeit, Jane Hall, Nancy McDonald, Jenny Rayment and others).

You must be a registered Symposium participant to enter a garment, but everyone is invited to the Fashion Show. If you are a full-time student, there is no fee for the show; others are $5.00. I can promise you a fun time, with a very special presentation by one of our teachers. We’d love to see your creativity, or your smiles, on June 1.

Categories for entry are:

  • Any questions about the fashion show, please contact me:

    Karen Carter
    965 Holly Shelter Road
    Rocky Point, NC 28457

    NCQSI Board Members

    Cindy Adkins, Stateville, NC
    Joanne Arntsen, Wilmington, NC
    Morie Austin, Calabash, NC
    Kitty Barco, Hickory, NC
    Dee Dalton, Fayetteville, NC
    Marsha Edwards, Durham, NC
    Ruth Ann Fortunato, Etowah, NC
    Drenna Hannon, Charlotte, NC
    Nancy Hester, Southport, NC
    Sara Hill, Asheville, NC
    Janet Hindsley, Washington, NC
    Kay Klein, Beaufort, NC
    Candy Lawrence, Waxhaw, NC
    Melva Lawrence, Grifton, NC
    Donna Leamy, Charlotte, NC
    Marion Maeder, Asheville, NC
    Phyllis Moysan, China Grove, NC
    Valerie Robertson, Wilmington, NC
    Beverly Roesink, Madison, NC
    Judy Weinrich, Edenton, NC
    Darra Williamson, NC

    Symposium 2001—What’s in Store?

    Thanks to NCQSI Board Member Judy Weinrich for the following:

    It’s only a short time before we go to Wilmington to the North Carolina Quilt Symposium. Anticipation is building.

    What will Wilmington be like? Everyone says it’s a beautiful seacoast commnity!

    The classes will be great. It will be interesting meeting those teachers that I’ve only read about in the quilt magazines and seen their quilts in BIG shows.

    What will I put in the show? Will it be a quilt, or one of my garments? Won’t it be fun to see it hanging there with the othrs? There’s always the possibility of a ribbon!

    My money is all saved for the vendors—will I spend it on books, patterns or add to my fabric collection?

    Won’t it be fun to be with my friends, be immersed in quilting day and night, and have all my meals fixed for me!

    Sure hope I meet YOU there! ...can hardly wait!!!

    What’s Next????

    Symposium 2002 will be held in the Smokey Mountains at the Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, NC. The event is being hosted in conjunction with NCQSI and the Asheville Quilt Guild from Thursday, May 23 through Sunday, May 26, 2002.

    Our theme is "Go Tell It On The Mountain" and we are planning many activities to give participants a sense of the mountains and our unique heritage.

    - Laura Casey and Connie Williams, Co-Chairs

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