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Tuesday, August 23, 2016


The art of quilting is being celebrated with a September exhibit by the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild at the Gmeiner Art and Cultural Center, 134 Main Street, Wellsboro.
The exhibit will open Friday, Sept. 2 with a gala reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and sweets from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Gmeiner.

The Gallery will be alive with 111 quilts made by 48 guild members in a wide variety of styles, colors and sizes. Appliqué and traditionally pieced and paper-pieced quilts will be represented, as will meticulous hand quilting and original machine quilting.

During the reception, many guild members will be available to answer questions about their work or chat about quilting. A number of door prizes, quilted items made by members, will be given away at 8 p.m. following a brief gallery talk.

Members will also be at the Gmeiner daily from Saturday, Sept. 3 to Sunday, Sept. 25, the last day of the show, to answer visitor questions about the quilts. The exhibit will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and 2-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, including Labor Day Monday.

Visitors will be encouraged to vote for their favorites in the show's eight categories. They include: large quilts measuring 270 inches or more all around in the hand quilted and machine quilted categories; small quilts, such as throws, lap and baby quilts measuring less than 270 inches all around; wall hangings of any size; miniature quilts; miscellaneous, which this year includes table runners, a pillow sham and a bowl made from quilted fabric; art quilts; and “challenge” quilts. Winners will be announced at the guild's October meeting.

This year’s challenge is titled “Please Use Your Napkin.” Members were asked to select a cloth or paper napkin of any size, color or print and use it as inspiration to create a quilt. There are 17 entries in this category. Among them are: “A Whale of a Sail,” “Coffee Break Notes,” “Super Bowl” and “50 Shades of Purple with a Hint of Grey.”

Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild members are again quilting for a cause. A special section of the show “Dreaming of a World Without Cancer” will include nine- by twelve-inch quilts made by members to help fight cancer. Whatever is raised through the sale of these quilts will be donated to the American Cancer Society of Tioga County.

The 2016 exhibit is the guild’s ninth at the Gmeiner. Founded in 1998, the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild has grown from its original 27 members to over 150 quilters, beginners through professionals, from Tioga, Potter and Bradford counties as well as the Southern Tier of New York.

For more information about the exhibit, email Director Anna Wales at gmeinerartscenter@gmail.com.

The blocks and sashing for this queen-sized quilt were made by various members of the Mountain Laurel Quilt Guild. It was then hand quilted by guild member Marjorie Harris of Alba. Raffle tickets will be available for $1 or six for $5 during the guild's exhibit at the Gmeiner, Sept. 2-25.

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