VERO BEACH - This year’s spectacular Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Show “Treasures of the Treasure Coast” will pay tribute to both singer/songwriter Prince and the city of Vero Beach centennial.

The show will be held Feb 7-9 at the Indian River County Fairgrounds.

Of the more than 200 quilts on display, a few are already generating a buzz. One is the official Vero Beach Centennial Quilt, on its last public display before going into a private collection as this year’s raffle quilt.

Quilt guild member Betty Henry told Hometown News that she and her fellow quilters were excited about an exhibit of quilts honoring Prince, the winners of an international quilt contest sponsored by Cherrywood Fabrics.

Participants had nine months between the announcement of the theme at the International Quilt Festival in Houston and the due date. Judges reviewed 388 entries and chose finalists representing 36 U.S. states and Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, Japan, The Netherlands, and Switzerland.

“Bringing the Prince Cherrywood Challenge to our show has been an expensive undertaking for us, as it is normally only seen at the big AQS (American Quilting Society) shows,” Ms. Henry said.

The show will also feature over 25 vendors plus food, scissor sharpening, and quilt appraisals. Handmade items will be on sale to benefit “For the Love of Paws” animal sanctuary.

The Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Guild is a non-profit with many ongoing charity projects, including recently making over 400 placemats for Meals on Wheels and Our Father’s Table to deliver with their meals.

Guild members have provided 1,500 quilts and over 1,000 teddy bears to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Victims’ Advocate Unit since 2004. Other projects include weighted blankets for children with autism, fidget quilts for those with Alzheimer’s, port bags for chemotherapy patients, and pillowcases for hospitalized children.

The Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Guild, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary, welcomes visitors and new members. The group meets each Thursday at 9:30 a.m. at St. Augustine Church, 475 43rd Ave., Vero Beach. For more information, email vbsunbonnetsue@gmail.com.

The 2019 Vero Beach Sunbonnet Sue Quilt Show “Treasures of the Treasure Coast” will be held Feb 7-9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., at the Indian River County Fairgrounds, 7955 58th Ave.

Admission is $10 or $15 for three days. Raffle tickets for the opportunity to win the Vero Beach Centennial Quilt cost $1.

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