Crazy Quilters 33rd Annual Quilt Show returns to Mukwonago

The Crazy Quilters' Annual Quilt Show returned to Mukwonago after being canceled due to the pandemic.

Saturday marked the 33rd time the show was held – the first time in two years. And it's not for the faint of heart, because you have to be crazy about quilting, like Joline Palatino.

"Quilting is my passion," she said.

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Palatino has been a "crazy quilter" since before the group even formed. She and her sister, Linda, were both inspired by their grandmother.

"My grandmother was a quilter. I remember as a child sitting underneath her big quilting frame," Palatino said. "I just wanted to follow in her footsteps."

With hundreds of quilts under one roof, they’re able to show off not only their creativity, but the stories behind each quilt. From a family hobby to an entire show and competition, the goal has always been to bring fabric – and people – together.

"It knits you together, and you kind of miss that after not being able to get together," said spectator Lois Weaver.

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"You get to see what other people can do and what they bring to the program," said Eugenia Johnson.

"Crazy quilters" say there’s a lot more to quilting than one might think.

"'Quilting is for little old ladies' – no. Quilting is for everyone. Quilting is for men, youth and women of all ages," Palatino said. "You’re never too late to get started."

The quilt show is a weekend-long event. Held at Park View Middle School, it opens its doors Sunday morning at 10 a.m.