2020 Southern New Mexico Festival of Quilts

Public event dates at the Otero County Fairgrounds:

June 26 & 27, 2020

Times: Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm - Saturday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Class dates: June 24 through 27 (Students)

The website is currently under construction, please check back for updates on the 2020 classes.


Our Mission

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 Heritage 4-H.

Our Story

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.  Debby Maddy, Internationally known teacher and designer for Moda join us this year, celebrating our tenth anniversary.

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!

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When you grow, we grow.