After a year of planning and with the help of nearly 60 local volunteers, the 2009 Westminster Quilt Show is taking place October 17 and 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Westminster Center School.
More than 500 people are expected to attend the highly regarded show benefiting Westminster Cares, the 20-year-old nonprofit organization committed to creating opportunities for seniors and disabled adults to live independently and with dignity in the community.
The 2009 Westminster Quilt Show will feature 100 antique and contemporary quilts in its main and special exhibits, a mini-quilt silent auction, two raffles, a Treasure Trove of gently used books and sewing notions, eight interesting vendors, and a spotlight on an art quilt piecing technique. Area schools are collaborating with Westminster Cares to provide healthy soups, salads, frittata, and baked goods.
Special Exhibitor Pamela Johnson of Monterey, MA, is a talented student of Ruth B. McDowell who has written books and leads workshops on the piecing technique to be featured in a six-hour workshop on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Westminster Fire Station and a one-hour session open to quilt show attendees on Sunday morning.
A limited number of seats in the workshop remain open and interested parties should contact Westminster Cares at 722-3607 immediately to reserve their places. The $75 workshop fee includes a copy of McDowell's beautiful book, Pieced Flowers (retails for $28) that, for workshop participants, can be picked up now in Westminster.
The 2009 raffle quilt is an extraordinary queen-sized quilt created by Dr. Judith Petry who donated her quilting time. A color picture is available on the show website and blog and raffle tickets can be bought at Butterfield Library, Village Square Booksellers, and the Westminster Cares office. Tickets cost $2 each or three for $5.
The vendors at the 2009 show include Quilt-A-Way, Barnyard Quilting, Cowles Quilting Machines, Log Cabin Quilting, Pookie's Fabrics, Priscilla Kibbee, and Sewin' Love Fabric Shoppe. On Saturday show goers can have their scissors sharpened for $4 while they enjoy the show. Reservations are available by calling 722-3607.
Detailed information on the quilt show is available at westminstercares.org/wqs09 and on the show blog at http://wqs09.blogspot.com/. The blog features a fascinating "virtual workshop" on the McDowell piecing technique that will be taught at the workshop and on display in Pamela Johnson's special exhibit of art quilts.
More than 45 local businesses are supporting the 2009 Westminster Quilt Show, including the following sponsors, raffle donors, and program advertisers: Beadniks, Berkley, Veller & Greenwood Country Realtors, Blue Moose, Brandywine Glassworks, Brattleboro Arts Initiative, Brattleboro Collision Center, Brattleboro Food Co-op, Brattleboro Haulage, C & S Wholesale Grocers, Caf Loco, Chroma Technology, Cota & Cota, Council on Aging, Curtis' BBQ, Dr. Timothy Johnson, Durand Toyota Ford, Edward Jones, Exit 4 Sunoco, Gorges Quilt Labels, Green Mountain Spinnery, Halladay's, Hartgen Archeological Associates, New England Kurn Hattin Homes, Norton House, P & B Textiles, Readmore Bed, Breakfast, & Books, Real to Reel, Ripples, Savings Bank of Walpole, Simone's Styling Salon, Sojourns, Spaulding and Madden Tax Services, United Natural Foods, Walpole Inn, Westminster Auto, Westminster Motel, Vermont Country Store, Vermont Technology Partners, and Village Square Booksellers. Support of the Westminster Quilt Show sustains the work of Westminster Cares, Inc., dedicated to keeping seniors and disabled adults independent in their Westminster homes.
For more information, contact Westminster Cares at 722-3607.