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Quilt Fest to take place July 2-4

Quilt Fest, the Pagosa Piecemakers biannual celebration of quilting, will be held July 2, 3 and 4.

This is your opportunity to view quilts by some of southwest Colorado’s most talented quilters along with a few antique quilts.

On the cover

The PREVIEW cover this week features detail from a quilt by local quilter Lindsay Morgan.

She shares, “The Dear Jane quilt is a reproduction of a Civil War Quilt from 1863. The name is a reference to Jane Stickle the designer and creator of the original quilt.

Morgan began the two-year “block of the month” quilt in January 2008. It was completed in May 2010, just in time to display at this show.

Dear Jane is a work of dedication. The quilt consists of 6,934 pieces. These pieces are combined into 221 squares, 124 triangles and four corners. “Each square, triangle and corner is a unique design. While there are designs that are similar there are no exact duplications in the quilt,” says Morgan.

The original Dear Jane quilt is square. Morgan wanted her quilt to be a rectangle, which required adding an additional 52 squares and 16 triangles.

The 20-22 yards of fabrics that are used in the top of the quilt were chosen to reflect Civil War era fabric colors and patterns.

After completing the top, Morgan entrusted the top to local machine quilter Pam Thompson. She worked just over 30 hours to complete the quilting. In honoring the original theme of the quilt, Morgan shares that Thompson, “chose a unique design for each square, triangle and corner,” in the quilt. There is a feather design in each scallop.

Stop by to see the Dear Jane quilt and all the other delightful quilts on display at Quilt Fest.

Happenings

There are many facets to the upcoming show.

Eagle Mountain Mercantile, our local quilt shop, will have a booth at Quilt Fest. Owner Laura Haynes will offer many of the latest quilt designs and fabrics to show goers who are inspired by the beautiful quilts.

Local artist, and owner of The Artist Within, Carol Schneider, is in charge of the educational section of Quilt Fest. Each show the quilt guild offers insight into an aspect of quilting that is geared toward local students.

Some members of the guild have donated quilts to a silent auction. The proceeds from the silent auction quilts will be donated to the textile arts projects for our local 4-H enthusiasts. The guild is pleased to be able to assist our youth in learning the skills and experiencing the pleasure of creating with textiles. Please be sure to drop by and place your bid for one of these quilts.

Challenge quilts

A year ago, guild members were issued a challenge to create a quilt, small or large, with the theme of “Log Cabins in the Pines.” After viewing the creativity of the quilters, viewers of the show will be given an opportunity to cast their vote for their favorite among these quilts in both the small and large categories.

Plan to attend

As you are planning your July 4th weekend activities, please include a visit to the Pagosa Piecemakers Quilt Fest.

The show is schedule to open at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 2. It will run until 6 p.m. that evening. July 3 show hours will be noon to 6 p.m. and on July 4 the show will run from noon until 4.

Admission to the show is $2 for adults, $1 for students age 10-18 and there is no charge for children age 9 and under. A multi-day pass is available for an additional $1.

Quilt Fest will be located in the Mamie Lynch Gymnasium at the corner of Lewis and Fourth streets. Please enter via the Fourth Street doors to view the over 100 quilts on display.