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My favorite quilt at the Siouxland Samplers Quilt Guild Show is by Monica Holland. It's called "Farmer Takes a Wife" and it has countless squares that help tell a story. 

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Monica Holland’s quilt has so many stories to tell it brought tears to my eyes at the Siouxland Samplers Quilt Guild show Saturday.

Filled with countless moments of life (it was called “Farmer Takes a Wife”), it could easily stir memories while you snuggle with it.

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Skull quilt

I could name dozens of teenagers who would love this quilt. 

Look closely and you’ll see squares that represent holidays, seasons and other times of life. The quilt isn’t as elaborate as some (and believe me there were ELABORATE quilts) but it had the kind of folksy quality you’d want to cozy up with on a cold winter night.

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Best of show quilt

Hundreds of hours went into making something this detailed. 

If Monica only wants her quilt to hang (and it could), I’d quickly talk her out of it. It’s something children, grandchildren and future generations could warm to and remember the love and care she put into it.

If you happen to go to the show (it continues through Sunday at the Sioux City Convention Center), be sure to look closely at the hundreds of quilts on display. You’ll see stitching that’s so precise it’ll make your eyes burn. You also want to look at some of the techniques and appliques that make them true works of art. They range in size, subject matter and pattern. And they’re all pretty remarkable.

I got to judge the quilts from a layman’s standpoint and, really, it came down to what spoke to me the most.

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Quilt

This is a "look closely" quilt. There's work on top of work on top of work. 

To make sure I didn’t forget one I liked, I took photos of my favorites, then paged through them to narrow the field.

I loved the holiday quilts (Christmas and Halloween had some strong contenders), appreciated the patriotic ones and marveled at the freestyle ideas some had plied. When you see the awards that we’re given, you’ll agree – they’re outstanding. But look at the ones that didn’t win and you’ll probably find your own Monica quilt.

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Quilt

Plenty of detail helps showcase animals on this quilt. 

That’s what makes the hobby (or is it obsession?) so interesting. After hundreds of hours of work, the makers may not get the same gut feeling the rest of us do.

But when it hits you, you’ll know what I mean.

The “Rockin’ the Needle” quilt show runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $5.

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