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Quilt show is this weekend

Staff reports

Some 150 quilts, from miniatures to king-sized, will spill their colors at the 1999 Quilts from the Valley Quilt Show today and tomorrow.

The event, sponsored by the Carson Valley Quilt Guild, will be held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Douglas County Fairgrounds.

The 164 members of the quilt guild invite everyone, quilters or not, to enjoy the display of the fine, age-old American art form of quilting.

Chair of the quilt show, Marianne Christensen, and her organizers have been working on the show for a year and a half. She said among the items featured are the 1998 Hoffman Doll Challenge traveling display, the guild’s own Opportunity Quilt, which will be raffled off at $1 a chance, past presidents’ quilts and a children’s corner where youths may learn two basic techniques.

The members held a quilt challenge last year, and the results will be on display. Each quilter chose three of five designated fabrics and added a “whimsical” fabric of her own to her entry.

Chances will be sold on a quilt called “Sky Garden,” and proceeds will go to breast cancer research. The quilt is a large wallhanging, 48 inches by 48 inches, features stars and flowers and is blue and white. Tickets are $1 each.

Vendors will sell fabrics and tools needed for quilting, and food will be available. Scissor sharpening also will be available.

Youths in the guild’s youth education program will display their unfinished and finished quilts in the children’s corner. The youth group meets once a month to learn the art of quilting.

Cost to enter the show is $4.