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Under cover: Idaho’s largest quilt show benefits local causes

2016 raffle quilt: The quilt, designed with this year’s theme “Sew at Home” in mind, will be raffled at the Boise Basin Quilt show, Sept. 23-24. The raffle will raise money for the Boise Basin Quilters Guild’s many community charitable projects. Raffle tickets will be available at the show or from guild members.
2016 raffle quilt: The quilt, designed with this year’s theme “Sew at Home” in mind, will be raffled at the Boise Basin Quilt show, Sept. 23-24. The raffle will raise money for the Boise Basin Quilters Guild’s many community charitable projects. Raffle tickets will be available at the show or from guild members. Boise Basin Quilters Guild

Marilyn Bischoff, a member of the Boise Basin Quilters Guild, said she got into quilting after she retired and wanted to find a creative pursuit. She was skeptical at first.

“I thought quilting was old-fashioned and dowdy,” she said. But after visiting a local quilting meeting and seeing the array of unusual fabrics people were using, as well as designs that ranged from traditional to modern, geometric and all the rest, she realized the error of her ways.

“My original misconception was blown out of the water,” said Bischoff. Not only were Boise Basin Quilters diverse in design, they were diverse in age, occupation and interest. The Boise Basin Quilters Guild includes women and men of all ages.

The group will have a lot to show off at this year’s Boise Basin Quilt show, one of the largest, if not the largest quilt show in the area, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 23-24 at Expo Idaho, 5610 N. Glenwood St. It will be a feast for the eye with more than 300 contemporary, traditional, art and modern quilts on display. But admission fees will also help support several local charities. They include:

▪  Quilts for Kids: BBQ members make between 200-250 quilts every year to donate to local hospitals for newborns, bereaved parents, toddlers and older children.

▪  Quilts of Valor: Patriotic-themed quilts for military service members and veterans. A special presentation of quilts to Idaho veterans will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday.

▪  Neck and helmet coolers for firefighters: This year, the group donated 225 neck and 255 helmet coolers to the Boise Fire Department’s division of Wildfire Mitigation.

▪  Cases for Smiles: Pillowcases for kids in the hospital, 261 donated this year.

▪  Pretty Pockets: The group donated 257 of these flannel cases that hold drain tubes for mastectomy patients.

▪  Chemo Caps: Fleece or cotton knit caps donated for patients at the Mountain States Tumor Institute, 115 donated.

This year’s show theme is “Sew at Home.” The show will include an exhibit of quilts reflecting this theme with fabric renditions of houses, churches, barns and other kinds of “homes” all adorned with lace and other details, said Bischoff. Guest artist quilter Barbara Shapel, a Boise native who now lives in Seattle, will show her nature-centric work and be available for questions about her technique that involves two-sided pieces and her book, “Thread Duets: Looking at Quilts from Both Sides.” The show will also include vintage quilts, antique sewing machines and equipment, work from guest quilting group the Idaho PieceMakers from Kuna, gifts, competitions in 19 categories (including youth), and more.

Entry fee is $7 or $10 for a two-day pass. Buy your tickets and find more information about joining the group online at Tickets will also be available at the door. Contact Janae for more information at 208-863-7829 or email:

Three fun ways to help the Women’s and Children’s Alliance

▪  Palette for Hope: An evening of fun including a juried art show, music by the Divas of Boise, the La Flambe Sisters & Taproot, live and silent auctions, food and beverages. Art pieces will be available for bidding, including a “Heroes of Hope” piece by Ron Pridmore, in honor of the two Stanford bicyclists who rescued a young woman from her abuser. Local favorites Zella Bardsley and Rocci Johnson co-host, 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15, at ArtZone 208, 3113 N. Cole Road in Boise. $10 donation at the door. All proceeds benefit the Women’s and Children’s Alliance.

▪  Whole Foods Market has selected The WCA as the recipient of 5 percent Community Day. The WCA will have an outreach table at the market all day. Five percent of all sales will benefit the cause.

▪  Second annual Justice League Softball Game: Players include employees from the Ada County Prosecutor’s Office, the Ada County Sheriff’s Office and the Ada County Paramedics. In addition to the competition, there will be a raffle and consolation games. First games at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 17, at the Willow Lane Athletic Complex, 4623 Willow Lane in Boise. Suggested donation of $5 with all proceeds benefitting the WCA.

On the hunt with the Lee Pesky Learning Center

The Boise Scavenger Hunt on Sept. 17 will not only be a fun way to spend a fall morning running around Downtown Boise with your best pals in search of clues, it will also raise money for the Lee Pesky Learning Center. The 20-year-old nonprofit provides services that help people dealing with learning disabilities, including evaluations, counseling and more. The organization works in schools across Idaho to support teachers and children. Fundraising through events like the scavenger hunt helps keep costs low. The Learning Center also provides financial aid and scholarships for kids in need.

Registration for the fun hunt is at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, at JUMP (Jack’s Urban Meeting Place). The race begins at 10 a.m. sharp. Register and find more details online at

Free haircuts for donors in September

The American Red Cross and Sport Clips Haircuts are teaming up to offer a free haircut coupon to people who donate blood or platelets during September. The coupon is valid through Nov. 6, 2016, at participating Sport Clips locations. Donors must have a valid email address on record to receive the coupon.

Donors of all blood types are urged to give. To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce wait times.

Join local groups for a Foothills cleanup

Crews from the Idaho Conservation League will join with Daly and Vachek Investment Consulting Group of Wells Fargo Advisors and take to the hills for a trail cleanup on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 9 a.m. The public is welcome to join the project. RSVP by emailing Laura Weber at Ridge to Rivers will assign a trail depending on the number of volunteers who sign up.

Serve Idaho accepting Brightest Star nominations

Serve Idaho, the Governor’s Commission on Service and Volunteering, is accepting nominations for the annual Brightest Star Awards, a program recognizing outstanding Idaho volunteers in a variety of categories. Nominees and winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Boise on Jan. 16, 2017.

Nominations will be accepted until Oct. 7 online at The categories are: individual; student (19 years and younger); veteran; senior citizen (55 years and older); business; organization; teacher/professor.

Nominate your heroes online at

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