FROM READERS: Quilting conference meets in Columbia this week

Monday, June 11, 2012 | 5:24 p.m. CDT

Kim Diamond's Columbia-based company, Sweet Dreams Quilt Studio, is hosting the SUGAR conference.

The third SUGAR conference is happening in Columbia this week at the Holiday Inn Expo Center. SUGAR stands for Statler Users Group and Representatives.

Statlers Stitchers are computerized, longarm quilting machines. Although Gammill Quilting Systems now owns Statler, it was started by a man, Paul Statler, from right here in Columbia, Missouri. I believe he started building them 15 or 16 years ago.

This week, we will have 415 people arrive from all over the world to attend our conference, which is all about classes and fellowship with like-minded people.

We have most of the states represented, along with folks from Canada, U.K., Spain, Finland, Norway, Netherlands, Arab Emirates, Australia, New Zealand and Israel. When they come they get 18 hours of classes, meals and lots of people to learn from.

We are having a quilt show in conjunction with the Booneslick Trail Quilters' Guild. They are the local quilt guild, and they are having about 250 quilts. There will also be a quilt show put on by the guild and the SUGAR Group. There are many vendors that appeal to both the longarm and regular quilters.

The show is from noon to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday. It's open to the public; admission costs $5. We finish out with a big banquet Wednesday night.

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