Traditional, art, modern quilts at annual show

PHOTO PROVIDEDThe Champlain Valley Quilters Guild of New York 2019 raffle quilt is “Homeward Bound” designed by Evelyn Sloppy. The quilt was machine pieced by Jean Welch and was machine quilted by Priscilla Reed.

PLATTSBURGH — It's not quite fall foliage in the lower elevations, but blasts of color will reign at “Celebrating Creativity Quilt Show XVII” presented by the Champlain Valley Quilters Guild of New York next weekend.

Those seeking color therapy can view traditional, art and modern quilts Saturday, Sept. 28 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the SUNY Plattsburgh Field House located at 167 Rugar St.

Entry is $8 per day or $10 for both days.

“Jean Welch does an amazing floor plan for the layout of the show at the Field House,” Mary Lou Beauharnois, Guild publicity chair, said.

“She also does an amazing schedule for the workers.”



Welch, a past quilt show chair for six shows, machine pieced the 2019 raffle quilt, “Homeward Bound” designed by Evelyn Sloppy.

The pattern can be found in the book “40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts” written by Sloppy and published by Martingale & Company.

The queen-size quilt features a combination of grays, greens and purples, which evoke calm, autumnal, Adirondacks.

“I had a couple of quilts that I had started that I took to a meeting to get people's opinions,” Welch, a West Chazy resident, said.

“And one of the quilts was the very first one of this pattern, but it was about 10 years ago that I did it and nothing matched. Everything was just awful.”

The guild decided “Homeward Bound” was the raffle quilt choice.

“This is a pretty sad thing about quilters, but it's true, so I came back home and went through my stash and had every single fabric that I had used in the original quilt,” Welch said.

“With about 10 more years of experience, I remade it and that is the raffle quilt. It's kind of a weird story but I think if anyone is quilter they can relate very easily.”

She made the original quilt at her family's Adirondack camp.

“Priscilla Reed quilted it, and she did a wonderful job,” Welch said.

“She did piano keys on the outside, and she did oak leaves in the center. She spent hours and hours doing it. She did a great job.”



Quilt Show XVII will feature more than 250 quilts including a special exhibition by the Adirondack Quilters’ Guild in Malone.

“Most of us are not able to climb ladders to set up quilt racks and hang quilts,” Beauharnois said.

“Our greatest asset has become SUNY Plattsburgh college students who arrive at the Field House with a smile on their face and an ambitious attitude.”

Several ribbons will be placed on show quilts by invited judges, vendors and persons attending the show.

Judges include: Patricia Inselman of Loose Threads Quilt Guild, Canada; Dr. Kjell Dahlen of Eyecare for the Adirondacks; Laura Rice, chief curator, of Adirondack Lake Museum; Diane Loeber of Raquette River Quilters; Calvin Castine of Hometown Cable; Town of Plattsburgh Supervisor Michael Cashman, Donna D’Orio of Hand Quilter; Diane Fine, a printmaker and professor of art at Plattsburgh State; Diane Hastings of Borderline, Adirondack and Fiberistas Guilds; Melanie Waugh, a fiber artist, Morrisonville; Sharon Perry of Franklin County Quilters’ Guild, VT; City of Plattsburgh Mayor Colin Read; and Silver Sisters of Churubusco.



The Champlain Valley Quilters Guild of New York begins show preparations about 10 months after the previous show.

“First order of business is to select a chair and co-chair who are separate from our Board of Directors,” Beauharnois said.

“They solicit volunteers from the membership to head the several different committees and create a show budget.”

Committees include: Admissions, Consignment (Members sell used tools, magazines , books etc. which they no longer need), Demonstrations, Good News, Hostess, Indoor signs, Latte Lotto, Layout, Made by Us (Items made by guild members for sale), Memorial (our guild has a special set-up dedicated to members who have passed since the last show), Outdoor Signs, Program Ads, Quilt Hanging, Quilt Registration, Quilt Return, Quilt Take Down, Quilt Take-in, Rack Return, Rack setup, Raffle Basket, Raffle Quilt Ticket Sales, Show Décor, Show Program, Show Publicity, Vendors, Viewer’s Choice/Judge/Ribbons.

“Money is raised by ads to pay for the catalogue,” Beauharnois said.

“We have some very generous sponsors from New York and Vermont."



Besides the quilt, there will be raffle baskets.

Vendors that go beyond the quilt world include: Say It With Sass, Keeseville; Little Gems by Kari, Albany; Sew Whimsey, Pittsford, Vt.; Abby’s Originals, Bedford, NY; Maw & Paw Quilt Shop, Altona; Gardenia Dragonfly, Peru; Waddington Sewing Center, Lisbon; Antique Thimbles, Plattsburgh; Kits by Carla, Monkton, Vt.; The Decorating Diva, Champlain; The Oak Tree Shop, Peru; Dyelectable Creations, Waddington; Q Bee Quilting Lodge LLC, Jay; Adirondack Quilts LLC, South Glens Falls.



The Champlain Valley Quilters Guild of New York meets the second Wednesday of the month from September until June.

“And, we are always looking for new members,” Beauharnois said.

“Don’t be intimidated by the word quilters. This is an awesome place to meet new people and engage in new experiences. We offer classes at every level and most of us like to help people learn.”

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