Record Crowd Comes Out to Hear Edyta Sitar at NSQG
By Jayne Borgelt, NSQG Publicity
A record number of 269 guild members and guests poured into the Concorde Banquets Hall in Kildeer to hear the popular quilt artist Edyta Sitar at the September 20th meeting of the Northwest Suburban Quilters Guild. Edyta delighted the crowd with her lecture “Reasons for Quilting.” She shared the stories which inspired her to create each quilt and each tale was wrapped around her delightful humor.
Amazingly, her trunk show consisted of over 70 quilts which she made herself. With each quilt Edyta unfurled, the audience gasped sighs of joy, reminiscent of a summer crowd during a fourth of July fireworks display. Indeed, Edyta’s appliquéd Batik quilts sparkled with brilliant colors: a reflection of her true creativity, passion for quilting and love for her family. Her quilting themes and colors are inspired by nature and her childhood memories of the walks she took in the woods with her mother in Europe.
A native of Poland and mother of three, Edyta was introduced to the world of quilting by her husband Michael’s mother and grandmother. Her enthusiasm for quilting soared and eventually she started her own business: Laundry Basket Quilts. Today she is an author, fabric and pattern designer for Moda Fabrics, and she also lectures and teaches across the country. Her boundless energy prompted one audience member to ask her, “Do you ever sleep?” Edyta laughed and said that she quilted whenever and wherever she could, even in the car while Michael drives. A grateful audience gave her a standing ovation; well deserved, Edyta.