Stitching together talent from all over the country
ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. -
Patterns, colors, shapes, and sizes; these are only a few of the many reasons guests are flocking to the annual Vermont Quilt Festival. "This is an amazing array of absolutely gorgeous work in all different categories. They're artistic, traditional, machine-made, hand-made. You get to see it all and it's absolutely wonderful. It's on my list every year, I've been here for 25 years," said Debbie Averill of Massachusetts.
The four-day festival is showcasing 260 pieces of work, stitching together talent from all over the country. Quilters, vendors and visitors are all making their way to Vermont to appreciate quilts of all varieties. "The status of the design, is the person doing the design themselves or is the person buying a pattern already design? Selection of fabrics, how long it takes them to find the color they want. Then are they going to hand sew it, hand piece it or machine sewed. How is it going to be embelished, is it going to be embroidered, have jewels put on it?" describes organizer, Sharon Crowley.
Every quilt gets recognition with a ribbon or prize. And the people sending them in, are as young as five years old. And for 13-year old Mallory Pugh, dedicating months to quilt work is worth learning and loving at a young age. "It will be difficult getting through it, you'll want to quit, you'll want to say it's not working, but once you see your finished quilt and know that you did that, it feels amazing," said Pugh.
Visitors who take a glance truly see the love stitched in every inch. "A lot of quilt makers are very artistic and have training. But some of us are just moms. We want to make things for our kids, things for our house. The amount of time, the love that's in them, that's the best part," said Averill.
The festival continues through to Sunday, June 30.