As fall begins and the weather begins to cool it feels great to pull out a cozy blanket. And when September comes to Bennington the quilts are put on display, creative works from dozens of artisans from far and wide. Each year the Quiet Valley quilters move into the Mount Anthony Middle School and set up a weekend long exhibit that features works from quilt artists and booth displays with sewing machines, fabric, and quilting curiosities. Every inch of available wall space hangs a quilt; from the hallways, to the cafeteria, and even additional walls brought into the auditorium. All the quilts on display are there to showcase the skills of the artist who created them, and as a hopeful for one of the many prizes. Anyone attending the festival can vote for the People’s Choice quilt, in both a full size category and a small quilts category. And judges will be walking the halls searching for the best quilt in the show.
The members of the Quite Valley Quilters will also be offering a display of their Challenge Quilts. The Challenge presented in 2016 instructed them to created quilts based on the board game ‘Clue’, creating an array of colorful wall hangings that showed Ms. Scarletr in the Lounge, Mrs. Peacock in the Conservatory, and Mr. Green Outside the Conservatory to name a few. This years’ Challenge Quilts will also be based on a famous board game, this time drawing inspiration from ‘Monopoly’.
As well as the extensive display there are two lectures presented by the Featured Quilter, a new teacher invited each year to give demonstrations and tips to aspiring quilters. The 2017 Featured Quilter will be Michelle Renee Hiatt, known for her own line of patterns, Sew On the Go, and for Modern 180, a modern pattern division of Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design. Additionally, Michelle Renee is a certified Studio 180 Design Instructor. The cafeteria will also be providing a cafe style lunch, and there will be a raffle drawing for ‘Autumn Splendor’ by Nancy Schoerke.
For more information go to: benningtonquiltfest.com