Festival of Quilts: An Amazing Display of Handiwork
When you step into the Maple Leaf Quilters 27th Festival of Quilts on Saturday and Sunday, April 5 and 6, you will enter an amazing display. This exhibit of over 200 traditional, contemporary, pieced and appliquéd quilts will be held at Castleton College in Castleton, Vt. Antique quilts will also be displayed. Invitational Quilter Joanne Shapp of North Pomfret, nationally recognized for her intricate Crop Circle Quilts, carefully replicates aerial photos of crop circles using paper piecing, traditional piecing, traditional hand appliqué and reverse appliqué. Her passion for crop circles began in 2005 when she watched a DVD about them. “I instantly saw them as giant quilts,” she says.
The work of Maple Leaf Quilters Guild member Sidnie Audet of Chittenden will also be featured. At the 2012 Festival of Quilts, her entry won the Founders Award and two Vendor Awards. The Raffle Quilt this year was designed by Guild member Rosemary Anderson of Rutland and sewn by a dozen dedicated quilters. Member Janet Block of Rutland, a professional long arm machine quilter, added the details. Quilt appraiser Carol Wheelock of Waitsfield will be available to appraise contemporary, vintage and antique quilts. Many antique quilts can be dated by the fabrics and techniques used. There will be on-site scissor sharpening, fabrics, wools, patterns, quilting supplies and machines; the Consignment Boutique; ticket auction; demonstrations; and gallery talks. Lunch will be available. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $6, or $10 for two days. Children under 12 are free. The show is handicapped accessible. The Festival of Quilts and Raffle project are the primary fundraising events of the Maple Leaf Quilters Guild. For additional information email [email protected] or visit the MLQ website at mapleleafquilters.org.