Berkshire Quilt Festival Applications Now Available

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Quilters wishing to display their work or enter the quilt block contest during the 25th annual Berkshire Quilt Festival, scheduled for later this year, may now request applications by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Berkshire Quilt Festival, Berkshire Community College, 1350 West Street, Pittsfield, MA 01201. The deadline for submitting an application to display a quilt is Sunday, Aug. 12, and the deadline for entering the quilt block contest is Monday, Oct. 1. The theme for this year’s festival “25 Years,” was announced recently by coordinator Helen Kimpel. The festival, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 6, and Sunday, Oct. 7, will be held from 10 to 5 both days at Berkshire Community College in Pittsfield. Quilts, quilted wall decorations, and quilted clothing will be on display during the festival. Events include a “Putting on the Glitz” quilt block contest and a quilt raffle. The 2007 raffle quilt is “Anniversary Waltz,” a two block quilt featuring the 54–40 or Fight and Snowball blocks. It was originally published as Tennessee Waltz by Judith Martin by That Patchwork Place. The quilt is machine pieced by Berkshire Quilt Festival committee members, machine quilted by Kate Mitchell and coordinated by Debra Rogers-Gillig. Measuring approximately 84” x 100”, it contains fabrics from the previous 24 raffle quilts. Quilts, quilting supplies and some gift items will be on sale. Admission to the Festival will be $6 for adults and $2 for children under twelve. Sponsored by Alumni and Friends of Berkshire Community College, the festival attracts about 900 people each year and raises scholarship funds for students attending BCC. In addition to Ms. Kimpel, Ms. Mitchell and Ms. Rogers-Gillig, other committee members include Terry Bissaillon, Jeanne Chivers, Nancy Gardner, Margaret Hintz, Chris Hover, Betty King, Chris King, Kathy McGrath, Karen Pratt, and Peg Shepardson.
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