Oct 22, 2013
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Style & Design

In Avon, a Show of Fine and Historic Quilts That's a Stitch Above Others

In Avon, a Show of Fine and Historic Quilts That's a Stitch Above Others

The view from above of last year's quilt show.

Nearly 300 quilts will transform the Avon Congregational Church from a place of religious worship into a place of creative admiration this weekend. Antique and new quilts will be displayed on the walls of the sanctuary, which dates back to 1819, over the pews and balcony and in the classrooms.

“It’s the perfect setting,” said Harvest Quilt Show chairwoman Susan Elliot. “With the white walls and the red carpets, it shows off the quilts perfectly.”

The show, taking place on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 27, from noon to 5 p.m., is the second of its kind to benefit the church.

The inaugural show last year was extremely successful. According to Elliot, 550 people paid to attend the show. They raised about $9,000 for the church’s outreach programs and maintenance.

“Many people who came to the show said we have to do it again next year,” Elliot recalled, and so they are. 

This year, quilts from private owners and personal collections around the state and as far away as California and Colorado will be on display.

The Avon Historical Society’s “Stowe-LeGeyt Crazy Quilt” of the 1880s will be the centerpiece of the show. A quilt from Miss Porter’s School in Farmington that was made in celebration of its 150th anniversary will be present. Quilts of Valor will honor military servicemen and servicewoman with work at the show. The historical societies from Simsbury and Barkhamsted will also have quilts on display. Another quilt to be displayed is one from a private collection that was created in 2013 in Burlington and features 1950s-era textile animals.

“Personally I believe it’s a huge art show and it celebrates the [Farmington] Valley talent we have here,” said Elliot. “We have quilts from 1803 all the way to quilts being stitched as we speak and everything in between. It’s a timeline of quilting.”

Some quilts will be available for sale but most will not. Baskets of fabrics and sewing goods and a quilt called, “Reflections,” which was machine paper pieced by Carrie Bacewicz and machine quilted by Bacewicz and Lynn Emery will be raffled off. Raffle tickets cost $2.

A selection of local vendors will sell sewing, quilting and other goods. Those will include Dot’s Quilt Shop in Cheshire, Patches & Patchwork in Portland, CT Crafted and Design by Elizabeth, both of Meriden, Homemade Craft & Things of Bristol and Patchwork Cottage of Collinsville among others.

The Harvest Quilt Show is being held two years in a row in order to get on the “off” year of the Farmington Valley Quilt Guild, a 125 member contingent of quilt lovers in the valley. Their semi-annual show has always been successful, which is what gave Elliot the confidence to start the church’s show.

“We don’t want to compete with another Valley event,” said Elliot. After this year’s show, they will wait two years to host it again.

The show will take place on Oct. 26 and 27 at 6 West Main St. Tickets cost $8.

For more information on Avon Congregational Church and the Harvest Quilt Show visit avon-church.org.

In Avon, a Show of Fine and Historic Quilts That's a Stitch Above Others

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