Guild shares colorful quilt at fall show

Oct 11, 2012

 
 

ALEXANDER -- Many different kinds of quilts will be on display during the Museum Quilt Guild's biennial show, "Stitches in Time 2012."

And a colorful queen size quilt made by members of the Guild will be raffled at the show, scheduled Oct. 19 and 20 at the Alexander Fireman's Recreation Hall, 10708 Alexander Rd. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 19 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 20.

The show will feature work by Guild members that range from modern art quilts to traditional quilts, large and small.

The location of the show provides plenty of parking for the show, which will include vendors, boutique items made by Guild members, a silent auction, with items such as table runners, wall hangings, purses, quilts and other items; raffle baskets, door prizesand demonstrations, all on one floor. Admission is $5 per person.

A raffle quilt, "Colorful to the End," designed by Guild member Martha Lorshbaugh and made by members of the Guild, will be displayed and awarded at the show on Saturday.

The 78-inch-by-102-inch quilt features a block layout from a scrap quilt Lorshbaugh saw in the Feburary-March 2011 issue of McCall's Quick Quilts magazine.

The original quilt featured batiks in bright jewel tones, but Lorshbaugh said she saw the design as a chance to play with colors. Using crayons and a scrap of paper, Lorshbaugh played with different variations of color before choosing the rainbow layout. A strip-pieced border was added to give the piece a frame.

Guild members Mary Ellen Ames and Alex Hammon accompanied Lorshbaugh on a fabric shopping trip. Later, Guild members volunteered to help cut and prepare kits for the quilt blocks which were sent to members who constructed the blcoks. Additional volunteers gathered around Lorshbaugh's dining room table with the returned kits and assembled the quilt row by row. A strip-pieced border was added to give the piece a frame.

Lorshbaugh then worked with Debbie Kenney of Mount Pleasant Quilting Co. to add finishes touches that include machine quilting with each colore stripe using matching thread, with borders all done in a rainbow thread.

The public will be able to view the quilt in advance and purchase raffle tickets on Fridays at the Farmers Market in the parking lot at Batavia Downs, Park Road, Batavia. The Farmers' Market is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Fridays to Oct. 25. Tickets are also available from any Guild member.

Money raised by the Quilt Show is donated to the Veterans Administration, the Holland Land Office Museum and an active Community Service Program. Through the Community Service Program many quilts are made and donated each year to organizations such as All Babies Cherished, the YWCA for its domestic violence shelter, St. Luke's Mission of Mercy and to the Batavia Agri-Business Child Development Center. The Museum Quilt Guild also donates quilts to other fundraisers such as Habitat for Humanity, Genesee ARC, Gillam-Grant Community Center and Home Care and Hospice.

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The Museum Quilt Guild meets from 9:30 a.m. to noon on the third Saturday of each month in the auditorium at the VA Medical Center, Batavia. People who are interested in the quilting arts - from beginners to experienced quilters - are encouraged to attend and join the group. With more than 100 members, the Guild offers networking, workshops and retreats throughout the year.

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For more information on the Quilt show, contact Emmy Hartwrick at (585) 409-9297 or go to www.museumquiltguild.blogspot.com .