High school to host quilt show July 28-29

A kaleidoscope of color and stitches will be on display next weekend as the gymnasium of the Whitehall High School is transformed into a sea of quilts, rugs and wall hangings by members of Landmark Stitches.

The Whitehall Quilt Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, July 28 and 29, at the school.

Besides quilts, wall hangings, and hand-hooked rugs of every imaginable color and size, the show will include vendors, awards, appraisals, presentations and refreshments.

The show, which is held every few years, is organized by members of Landmark Stitches, who Carol Greenough describes as a group of quilters, plus.

“They’re all friends, have known each other for years and have been quilting for many years,” she said.

The purpose of the show is to celebrate and share in the joy of the craft and art of quilting and rug hooking.

As Mary Ward wrote, “Why would a person take perfectly good fabric, cut it up into little pieces, only to sew it all back together again? For the sheer pleasure and joy of creating something beautiful, of course. To make a warm loving and meaningful bed cover, or a whimsical wall hanging, or a most useful and unique tote bag or even an article of clothing that says ‘I am who I am.’”

Organizers have invited quilters and rug hookers from throughout the region to show their work.

They have also invited several special guests. Eleanor Levie, a needlework and crafts editor, author and “book producer” from Philadelphia, Pa., will attend the show on Saturday and show quilts that were included in some of her books. She will also demonstrate tote bag designs from her newest book, “Unforgettable Tote Bags,” and at 1 p.m. will conduct a fashion show she has dubbed “Quilted Wearabouts — Strut Your Stuff.”

Also on Saturday, Kathryn Greenwold, a quilter, appraiser, and instructor from Niskayuna will be available to appraise quilts.

Greenwold is an American Quilt Society appraiser with more than 12 years of experience. Besides appraising quilts, she will provide instruction on the proper care and storage of quilts.

Anyone who is interested in an appraisal is encouraged to call 499-2313 and set up an appointment.

Sue Lawler, a rug hooker from Manchester, Vt., will attend the show as well, bringing with her several examples of her work, including a couple of three-dimensional pieces. And at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jean Mead will discuss her extensive collection of quilts.

Admission is $5 and the event is sponsored by the Whitehall High School Student Council.

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