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Quilt Fest, Pagosa Piecemakers biannual celebration of quilting, July 2, 3 and 4

The Pagosa Piecemakers Quilt Fest gives you a chance to view quilts by some of southwest Colorado’s most talented quilters, along with a few antique quilts.

Cindy Vermillion Hamilton

A seldom offered opportunity exists at Quilt Fest to view extraordinary quilts created by Pagosa Springs quilter Cindy Vermillion Hamilton.

Hamilton is a student of history, fabric, design and life. Her knowledge shines through in her quilts. She is recognized in the national quilting community for her talents. Hamilton has generously agreed to display some of her award-winning quilts this weekend.

Hamilton’s quilts have won many awards at the American Quilter’s Society (AQS) show in Paducah, Ky., along with other shows. Her works have been featured in books and magazines, including two covers of Quilter’s Newsletter Magazine. Her work is in the collections of the Allentown Art Museum in Pennsylvania and the Museum of the American Quilter’s Society in Paducah.

It is an honor to be able to present a quilt exhibit of such high caliber in our community. To see quilts of this quality of design and construction, one would usually have to visit a large quilt show such as those held in Houston, Texas or Paducah, Kentucky.

Her techniques typically include hand piecing, appliqué and quilting. She is a designer and medallion quilts are one of her favorite styles. In 2006, AQS published Hamilton’s book “Medallion Quilts Inspiration & Patterns.”

Christmas Corner

As show organizers were gathering information about quilts that will be displayed at the show, a delightful trend emerged. About ten quilts with a Christmas theme have been entered. All of these will be grouped in our “Christmas Corner.” You’ll want to mentally escape the July heat by viewing these seasonal beauties. Who knows? You may even find yourself humming a Christmas tune.

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 Fourth of July weekend activities, please include a visit to the Pagosa Piecemakers Quilt Fest.

The show is scheduled 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.