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Quilt show comes to Champlain Valley Expo

Champlain Valley Quilt Guild is holding its 32nd annual show in partnership with the Vermont Fiber Festival this Friday and Saturday, Oct. 18 and 19. “Baskets Aplenty” is this year’s theme. A spectacular display of more than 125 quilts will be on exhibition in the State Building at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds in Essex Junction.

“This show is our largest source of fundraising each year and enables us to continue our dual objectives of educating guild members as well as the public about the art of quilting, and serving our communities through the charitable donation of quilts to individuals in need and/or organizations who serve them,” said Janet Jaffe, a member of this year’s publicity committee for the Guild.

The show will feature special exhibits, ongoing demonstrations, workshops, youth quilts, vendors, raffle quilt, basket raffles, award ribbons, crafts for sale, child-friendly activities and more. A bonus will be the annual fall show of the Vermont Rug Hookers Association at the same time.

Guild members Jeannette Harrison, Jane Masenas, Betty Taylor and Sharon Boisselle of Essex Junction and Anne and Bruce Harmon and Helen Irwin of Essex have entries in this year’s show.

Show hours: Saturday, Oct. 18, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission – $6. Children under 12 – free. Free parking. Food vendors on-site. For more info go to www.cvqgvt.org.

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Anne and Bruce Harmon

Kaffe Fassett Meets Jasper Johns by Bruce Harmon of Essex, 2012

Kaffe Fassett Meets Jasper Johns by Bruce Harmon of Essex, 2012

“Indigo Stars in the Valley” by Anne Harmon of Essex

“Indigo Stars in the Valley” by Anne Harmon of Essex

Anne is both a skilled quilter in her own right as well as a professional longarm quilter who offers her services to others. Anne’s husband, Bruce, is one of a handful of men in Vermont who quilts… or who will admit to it. Both Anne and Bruce, of Essex, were awarded ribbons by four nationally certified judges for work exhibited at the Vermont Quilt Festival, a prestigious annual exhibition held annually in June at the Champlain Valley Fairgrounds. The show draws thousands of entries and viewers from around the country.

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Jane Masenas

“Thin Blue Line” by Jane Masenas of Essex Junction. 2014

“Thin Blue Line” by Jane Masenas of Essex Junction. 2014

Essex Junction resident Jane Masenas has been doing needlework since she was 5-years-old. When she moved to Vermont in 1975, she became part of a church group that made beds quilts to earn money for the church. Her quilts have been published in Miniature Quilts magazine. To date she has had 14 of her quilts published. Jane recently retired from Founders Elementary School after more than 30 years of teaching. During that time she collaborated with other teachers as well as the Shelburne Museum to integrate the arts, including textile arts into school curricula.

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