The members of the Columbus Metropolitan Quilters hold their "quilt spectacular" every two years.

The members of the Columbus Metropolitan Quilters hold their "quilt spectacular" every two years.

This is one of them.

The event, dubbed "The Art of It All," will take place Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, at the Haimerl Center, 1421 Morse Road. The show will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Admission is $5 at the door, although those who go to shows and print out the page will get in for $4.

In addition to quilts, the Columbus Metropolitan Quilters' biennial show features vendors, auction items, food and the "quilters' garage sale."

The latter, according to show chairwoman Terry Schwarz of Grove City, consists of books, materials, gadgets and other supplies that members of the guild no longer need.

In other words, she said, potential bargains, just like at a regular garage sale.

"If you're not using it any longer, you may as well sell it," according to Schwarz.

Half the proceeds from the garage sale goes to the owner of the item and half to the guild to fund service projects, such as the "Kids Quilts" project launched in June 2006 to distribute free baby quilts through Columbus Public Health.

Those attending "The Art of It All" will be treated to an array of styles and approaches to quilt-making, Schwarz said, from her own light, bright quilts to much darker ones created by other Columbus Metropolitan Quilters members.

"It's a good variety to just come in and look, see if you're interested," she said. "We welcome new members all of the time.

"Quilting is very huge in Columbus," she added. "There are quite a number of different groups, quite a variety of quilters."

CMQ, a chapter of the National Quilting Association, lays claim to being one of the oldest quilting organizations in the area, dating back to 1978. The guild has between 80 and 100 members, Schwarz said.

According to the guild's website, Quilters from Columbus and surrounding communities are members of Columbus Metropolitan Quilters. Its goal is "to promote the appreciation of quilts and quilt-making. Membership in CMQ is open to anyone interested in quilting, by hand or machine, traditional or contemporary, regardless of skill."

Dues are $25 a year.

The group meets the third Tuesday of the month, most often at 7 p.m., at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1479 Morse Road. Guests are welcome to attend.