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May 5, 2014

Quilters Guild sew inspiration

MALONE — Holy Family School will again be transformed into an art gallery as the Adirondack Quilters Guild holds its spring quilt show.

More than 150 quilts will be showcased Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, at the school at 12 Homestead Park in Malone.

The show, held every two years, is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $5 per person, and the money raised will benefit the Meals on Wheels Program of the Franklin County Association of Senior Citizens.

A raffle will be held all weekend for a queen-size quilt called “Sonoran Sunset,” which guild members made.

Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and are available from any guild member.

‘GRANDMA’S QUILT CUPBOARD’

Vendor booths and a quilt boutique featuring new quilts, gently-used materials, books and tools for sale will be available, and there will be demonstrations, a scissor-sharpening service and sewing-machine dealers on hand, said Barbara Singer, publicity chair for the event.

This year’s theme is “Grandma’s Quilt Cupboard,” and quilters will compete for ribbons determined by a judge with National Quilting Association credentials, she said.

Judge Mary Derry, a retired nurse who has been quilting since 1994 and one of only 76 certified-quilt judges in the country, will examine the quilts two weeks before it opens and name the winners.

“The award ribbons will be on the quilts when they are hanging,” Singer said.

FAT QUARTERS

One popular feature among quilters and visitors alike is a raffle for a large basket of fat quarters, which are half-yard pieces of fabric cut in half vertically that create a piece 18-by-22 inches rather than the standard block of 9-by-44 inches.

“We quilters are all fabri-holics, so the quilters really love it,” Singer laughed.

And while you’re walking around the show enjoying their fabric art, be prepared to hear some talk in quilters’ language like a sandwich, a layer cake and a jelly-roll strip, stash building, a stitch in the ditch, the feed dog, the fussy cat, UFOs and PIGS.

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