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Friday, August 10, 2018

Billings Farm & Museum Quilt Show - a Review

The quilts entered into the 2018 quilt exhibition at Billings Farm & Museum in Woodstock, Vermont are outstanding this year! The quilts will be on display until September 16, 2018. We were invited to preview the quilts when the show opened on July 27, 2018 but due to car trouble we missed the gala event this year. However, in going to the museum during the day we were able to buy some delicious cheese made from the farm's very own cows, and we could view the rest of the features that the farm has to offer such as the cows, goats, sheep, horses, special heirloom garden, 1890 farmhouse, and view a 30 minute film, "A Place in the Land." We also had some delicious ice cream at their dairy bar!

"4 Patch Posie" by Charlotte Croft


I always look for quilts made by my friend, Charlotte Croft. This year she made "4 Patch Posie," a tied comfort quilt that will be given to someone who loses their home to a fire or is facing a serious illness. Charlotte engages herself in making many quilts for charity.

Award-winning "100 Days" by Lynne Croswell


The Juror's Choice Award this year went to Lynne Croswell for her dynamic quilt which she calls "100 Days." It is a quilt that one can stand in front of for a very long time discovering all the intricacies of her piecing. She also uses a very unique color combination.

"Doodle Dandy" by Norma Ippolito


"Doodle Dandy" by Norma Ippolito features applique, machine embroidery and machine quilting. It caught our eye immediately. It is one of those quilts where one marvels at the workmanship and wonders just "how she did it." The tape on the border edging is very attractive and the special little motifs like butterflies and feathers are charming!

"Gram's Dresden Plate" by Judy Barwood


On a larger scale, Judy Barwood used 1930s reproduction fabrics to create a wonderful quilt that she has named "Gram's Dresden Plate." The bed-size quilt is hand-quilted. I love her choice of sashing and border fabric which seems to pull the whole quilt together. Many of the fabrics are based on nursery rhymes.

"Almost Midnight at the Oasis" by Linda Ramrath


Last, but not least, is "Almost Midnight at the Oasis" by Linda Ramrath. She found a good way to use a lot of her scrap fabrics and to good advantage! This beautiful quilt won two ribbons, as you can see. We concur that they are richly deserved!

There are many more quilts in the exhibit. These are just a few photos to whet your appetite with the hope that you will attend the show in person if at all possible. The quilters of Windsor County certainly keep busy making quilts for this annual show. This is the 32nd year the event is being held. In addition, small challenge quilts were made by the Delectable Mountain Quilters' Guild.

A trip to the Billings Farm & Museum is always rewarding and they hold events in every season! It is a popular destination for school groups. Memberships are available. I once wrote a very detailed article about the history of the farm for The Quilter magazine. Last time I checked, it was still posted to their website:  www.billingsfarm.org  For more information, call 802-457-2355 or visit the museum at 69 Old River Road, Woodstock, VT.

Patricia Cummings
August 10, 2018


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