Time For Westminster's Famed Quilt Show

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.

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