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Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal

SIOUX CITY | The Sioux City Convention Center will be filled with quilts this weekend.

The 15th bi-annual Siouxland Samplers Quilt Guild quilt show, "Rockin' the Needle," will feature about 265 quilts made by the guild, as well an exhibition of quilts brought in by fabric retailor Hoffman Fabrics as part of their Hoffman Challenge. 

Most of the quilts in the show will be judged by Shelly Burge, a quilter and author from Lincoln, Nebraska and a member of the Nebraska Quilters Hall of Fame. 

"A lot of the women in the guild have one or more quilts in the show," Joan Mansfield, publicity chair for the quilt show, said. 

The quilts in the show vary in size from mini-quilts of 10 inches by 10 inches, all the way up to quilts large enough to cover a king-size bed. 

Visitors to the show should know, the quilts they are admiring are the result of many, many hours of labor. 

"It could be as much as 300 hours, it depends on how fancy they get," Mansfield said. "We've got some that are very creative." 

Mansfield said one quilt that will be in the show is completely hand-pieced, hand-quilted and features crocheting on top -- she estimated this particular quilt has taken between 600 and 800 hours of work so far. 

"And she wasn't quite done yet," Mansfield said of the quilter. 

The show will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 at the door. 

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