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Vermont Quilt Festival Expected to Draw Thousands

Vermont Quilt Festival Expected to Draw Thousands Montpelier Vermont

posted at 4:51 pm Mon Jun 24th, 2013 by (WherezIt_Staff)

Vermont Quilt Festival returns to the Champlain Valley Expo in Essex Junction June 28-30, astounding visitors with the rich colors and intricate craftsmanship in the quilts on display. Thousands of quilt enthusiasts from around the world come to celebrate New England's oldest and largest quilt event.

Awaiting them are exhibits of hundreds of new and antique quilts, lectures and classes presented by renowned quilt artists, quilt appraisal services, free gallery talks, demos, and a colorful array of wares in the Merchants Mall of more than 80 national vendors.

"Over the last third of a century, VQF has offered some of the best quilts, both antique and new, and this year is no exception," said Richard L. Cleveland, founder of the Festival. It is proud to showcase a portion of the Waddell/Grana collections of antique quilts. Contemporary works are featured in exhibits including "Life's Work: The Quilts of Jo Diggs" and "Lobby Lights," the quilts of Susan Damone Balch. And the exhibit that always creates a stir features contest quilts. The contest, open to quilters of all ages, counts almost 30 young quilters among the 260 entrants from around the globe. Of special interest is the exhibit, "Dear Jane Through the Years," offering quilts that are the makers' interpretations of Jane Stickle's incredible 1863 Civil War quilt that is in the collection of Vermont's Bennington Museum.

Festivities begin Thursday evening, June 27 at 6:30pm, with the Awards Ceremony for presentation of the Governor's Award and ribbons to contest winners. The always-festive Champagne and Chocolate Preview, sponsored by Quilting Treasures of Rhode Island, begins at 7:30pm. Preview tickets are $12. The appraisal service for antique quilts is available Saturday, 9am to 5pm; the fee is $40 per quilt. Exhibits and the Merchants Mall are open Friday and Saturday 9am to 6pm; Sunday 9am to 3pm. Daily admission is $12, children under 14 free. For more information, visit, email or Facebook.

The Festival, a non-profit organization, was founded in 1977 as a one-day show of old and new quilts. Now a three-day event, the Festival depends on private owners of quilts and loans from the collections of historical societies and museums. Its goals are to promote the artistic and cultural heritage of quilting and to provide education in the art of quilting.

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Essex, VT 05452 (Set as Local)
Montpelier, VT 05602 (Set as Local)

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