Olde Kent Quilters Guild show and market is April 12-13

CHESTERTOWN — The Olde Kent Quilters Guild will present its Shore Love Quilts! Show and Market on Friday and Saturday, April 12-13 at the Presbyterian Church of Chestertown, 905 Gateway Drive.

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Suggested donation is $8 for a two-day pass, with a maximum of $24 per family; there is no cost for children 12 and younger.

Guild members have spent the last two years creating the more than 100 quilts that will be on display, which exemplify both the art and the craft of quilting through a variety of styles and techniques including traditional patchwork, modern art quilts and original designs.

There will be an array of colorful and artistically created quilts, ranging in size from small wall hangings to bed size.

Several of the quilts that will be on display have won honors at the Kent County and Maryland state fairs, as well as other quilt shows.

Between 1935 and 1942, as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Second New Deal, quilters were employed and the result was known as the WPA (Works Progress Administration) Quilts.

In 2022, 13 members of the Olde Kent Quilters Guild, under the guidance of Elizabeth Pauley Teletski, undertook to honor the work and artistry of those quilters by creating new quilts from these old patterns. These quilts toured nationally and will be on display at the April 12-13 show.

The show’s market will be a great place for shopping, offering a diverse array of unique handcrafted items, books, patterns and fabrics for sale.

Scissor/blade sharpening services will be available on Friday.

Sharing the beauty and comfort of quilts is an important part of the guild’s programs throughout the year.

Since its inception in 2004, the Deborah’s Angels Comfort Quilt Program has donated hundreds of smaller quilts to sick and needy children, hospice patients, nursing home residents and victims of natural disasters.

Volunteers from the guild also make heart-shaped pillows for mastectomy patients and other items for donation to local community groups.

Members don’t let their scraps go to waste either, but rather use them as the filling for pet beds donated to various local rescue organizations.

These programs are supported in large part by the proceeds from the guild’s annual raffle quilt, along with other raffle prizes.

The 2024 quilt, titled “Bay Lilies,” is from a pattern called Celestial Gardens by Derek Lockwood. The pattern used techniques that allowed many guild members to have a part in the construction, which gives all a sense of ownership. The star sections called for 36 different shades of blue; deciding on color placement was a daunting task.

Raffle tickets will be available at the show and throughout the year at various Kent County locales; tickets are $1 apiece or six for $5.

Winning tickets for the quilt and other prizes will be drawn at the guild’s final 2024 meeting on Nov. 19.

Currently, there are more than 80 members in the Olde Kent Quilters Guild, which was founded in 1995 in Chestertown.

The guild meets on the third Tuesday of the month from January through November at the Presbyterian Church of Chestertown.

Its activities include monthly programs and workshops with local, regional and nationally known speakers; special interest bees, comfort quilt and community outreach programs; an annual exhibit of small quilts; a biennial show and market; and two annual retreats.

Quilters of all skill levels, including beginners, are welcome.

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