2019 Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts
Public event dates at the Otero County Fairgrounds:
June 21 & 22, 2019
Times: Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm - Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Class dates: June 19 - 22, 2019 (Students)
Empowering our community through leadership and service.
Who We Benefit
Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts benefits various children's organizations. A true success story, to date over $80,000 has been raised to benefit such organizations as 4-H, FFA, Boys and Girls Club, Zia Therapy Center, Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Alamogordo Public Children’s Library, Love Inc. Back Pack Program, D.A.R.E., Tularosa Little League Baseball, and Operation Child I.D. Program just to name a few.
This year’s children's organization beneficiary is Otero County 4-H.
Since 2010 quilters from around the United States have been coming to Alamogordo, New Mexico to take part in a community event to benefit the children of Otero County. The Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts began as a cooperative effort between Rainee Mackewich of First National Bank and Pam Holland, International textile artist, quilt teacher and photographer from Australia and has resulted in a week long flurry of quilting activities throughout the area every summer since.
The first festival was held at the Otero County Fairgrounds where it continues today. Holland’s only stipulation was for the proceeds to be donated to programs for children. Pam’s request was not surprising as she and her husband Keith are the proud parents of 15 children; additionally they have fostered hundreds of kids including at risk and special needs children over the years.
Pam’s passion for quilting and the love for children was a natural combination. This unity inspired other instructors to enlist, creating a love filled legacy bursting with color, imagination and creativity. Well known teachers Ricky Tims and Sue Rasmussen, equally of giving hearts, have joined us in the past expanding the horizon of this growing event.
Looking Forward to the Future
The 2019 Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts will mark our 10th Anniversary. The event is scheduled for June 19th through the 22nd, 2019. Please mark this special occasion on your calendar and make plans to join us.
Please join us at this year's Festival of Quilts!
When you grow, we grow.