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The 2013 Quilt Show, Stars of the Big Sky, was held at the Helena Civic Center on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, 2013. Hours were Saturday, 10-5:00 P.M. and on Sunday, May 20, 10:00-4:00 P.M.

Raffle quilt for 2013

The 2013 Raffle Quilt, designed by Diane Simkins and quilted by her sister, Rene Simkins. Diana Simkins and her sister, Rene` Simkins, will be the featured quilters at the biennial quilt show this year.

Diana created the paper piecing pattern for this year’s raffle quilt and Rene` quilted it.

The sisters live next door to each other near Fort Shaw, Montana where they spend a large portion of their time quilting and with Rene`s horses. Both sisters have received honors for their quilts in local shows. Rene` quilts most of Diana’s quilts and likes to make scrappy quilts. Diana is a certified Judy Niemeyer instructor but likes to do all sorts of quilts and design her own. It is usually easy to distinguish which one pieced a quilt because their color selections are so different.

Many of the quilts at the show are pictured below. The winners at the 2013 Quilt Show "Stars in the Big Sky" were:
Hunter's Dream

Hunter's Dream by Billie Veerkamp-Vendors' Choice

Butterfly Magic

Butterfly Magic by Katie Tintinger-People's Choice

Robin's Desert

Robin's Desert by Andrea Atwood - Wall Hanging

French Braid

French Braid by LaMona Ellis-Bed Size

A Rose for Ken

A Rose for Ken by Theresa Lewing


Millennium by Sue Kissinger

Side Lights

Side Lights by Billie Veerkamp

New World Block Exchange

New World Block Exchange by Helena Quilters Guild

Weeping Willow

Weeping Willow by Diana



Walk About

Walk About by Karen Sedlock

Shay's Angel

Shay's Angel by Diana

Fourth of July

Fourth of July by Nancy Gillespie

Outer Space

Outer Space by Diane Haun

One Block Wonder

One Block Wonder by Juanita Padden

Elegant Rose

Elegant Rose by Ann Bone

Island Breeze

Island Breeze by Lynn Groth

Cowboys at Night

Cowboys at Night by Corina Zook

Swan Lake

Swan Lake by Jenny Yannone

Autumn Harmony

Autumn Harmony by Sue Kissinger

Rain Forest

Rain Forest by Barbara Anthony

Calendula Patter Dips Cottage

Calendula Patter Dips Cottage by Jayette Robb

Cougar Ridge

Cougar Ridge by Andrea Atwood

Oriental Lady in the Garden

Oriental Lady in the Garden by Jill Larson

Koi Pond

Koi Pond by Andrea Atwood

Hydrangia Tapestry

Hydrangea Tapestry by Jill Larson

Floral Visions

Floral Visions by Cathy Ralston

Lone Star

Lone Star by Charlene Mayala

Crazy Quilt

Crazy Quilt by JoAnn Moore

Last Wooley Mammoth

Last Wooly Mammoth by Jill Larson

Enjoying the Powder

Enjoying the Powder by Andrea Atwood


Coneflower by Charlene Mayala

Days of Wine and Roses

Days of Wine and Roses by Andrea Atwood

Forest Garden

Forest Garden by Charlene Mayala


Halloween by Theresa Lewing

Autumn Eyes

Autumn Eyes by Janet Erickson


Sunflower by Charlene Mayala

Alpha Tracks

Alpha Tracks by Andrea Atwood

Quilt Sampler Magazine

Quilt Sampler Magazine by Jayette Robb


B Q by Mignon Waterman


Quilting class session

Second floor overview

Second floor overview of the show


The gallery on the north side

gallery south

The gallery on the south side

July Harvest

July Harvest by Jill Larson

A big thank you to all the volunteers who worked the show, the exhibitors for bringing their beautiful work and the spectators who came to look. We hope you were inspired to try your hand at quilting.