It was two years ago in October when Hempstead Hall was lined with the artistry and tapestry of over 200 hand-made display quilts in every color and pattern imaginable, and this Friday, the Hope Quilters Guild will return with 300 or more quilters for another two-day biannual show and convention with “Winter Wonderland” as the year's theme.

It was two years ago in October when Hempstead Hall was lined with the artistry and tapestry of over 200 hand-made display quilts in every color and pattern imaginable, and this Friday, the Hope Quilters Guild will return with 300 or more quilters for another two-day biannual show and convention with “Winter Wonderland” as the year’s theme.
In addition to the Hope Quilters Guild, seven-vendors will be on hand as well, but the stars of this show are the quilts themselves as Hempstead Hall Director Dolly Henley remembers.
“They had about 200 of them last time, and they were all gorgeous pieces of work. They were displayed in rows of quilt frames all lined up inside Hempstead Hall to where it looked liked grocery store rows. It was impressive,” Henley said.
Henley recalled that for years the quilters met at Old Washington State Park, but in October 2015, switched over the Hempstead Hall, where they filled most of the bottom floor suites — Blevins, Washington, Fulton and Spring Hill — where big community events like the Outdoor Expo and Chamber banquet are held.
“They liked Hempstead Hall because it has a lot of space, and last time, I remembered they used the entire downstairs,” she said.
Hope’s Judy Heckman, wife of Lynn Heckman, is one of the principals involved in the 2017 edition of the Hope Quilters Guild convention.  Heckman was unavailable for comment on Tuesday afternoon as Hope Star was preparing for press time.
Henley confirmed the group had booked Hempstead Hall for a two-day run for Friday, October 13, opening from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, October 14, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.