Vermont Quilt Festival
keepsake quilting visits the Vermont Quilt Festival
By Bonnie Knott
On a bright, sunny Friday in June, 2007, a few of us avid quilters from Keepsake Quilting traveled through the picturesque rolling hills of Vermont to the 31st annual Vermont Quilt Festival held that year in Essex Junction. Keepsake Quilting was proud, once again, to help sponsor the tote bags received by each of the VQF registrants. The festival is a four-day event with classes from Thursday to Sunday taught by nationally known teachers, one of whom was Karen Eckmeier, a former Keepsake Quilting challenge-contest winner. Highlights of the festival include Friday and Saturday night evening lectures and a Thursday evening Champagne and Chocolate Preview to the fabulous quilt show, which is open all day Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
When we walked into the quilt show, it was almost too much for the eye to behold. There was color, pattern, beauty and excitement at every turn. The quilts were as different as the people who made them. Contest quilts included intricately stitched miniatures, landscape quilts, reproduction quilts and amazing contemporary designs. This year’s contest theme was “Nature’s Symphony,” and what a symphony it was! Special exhibits included “New York Beauties,” an absolute treasure-trove of antique quilts, “Small and Smaller,” a marvelous collection of 1840 to 1940’s crib and doll quilts, and a very poignant exhibit of 52 quilts called, ”Alzheimer’s: Forgetting Piece by Piece.”
We went away from this year’s Vermont Quilt Festival feeling moved, entertained and inspired and totally in awe of the amazing body of work made by both the talented quilters of today, and the quilters (most of whose names will never be known) who produced works of art over 150 years ago.
Here are some photos:
Beverley MacGown of Epsom, New Hampshire, and her red-ribbon quilt featuring a butterfly print she bought at Keepsake Quilting.
Keepsake Quilting’s Deb Comeau and Bonnie Knott with VQF Executive Director Alison Bolt (center).