WILMINGTON -- The second annual Deerfield Valley Quilt Show will feature quilt makers and similar crafters from all over Vermont and other nearby states.
Sue Wurzberger, owner of Norton House, a quilt shop in Wilmington, decided to begin holding the event to inspire and encourage more people to visit the downtown village's businesses and restaurants.
Over the weekend, this major quilt show will be held at Memorial Hall. On Saturday, it will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Sunday, it will be held from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
"It's going to be a collection of antique quilts from the Wilmington area as well as contemporary quilts from master quilt makers," said Wurzberger.
She expects more people will attend this year because it is becoming more well-known in the area. There will be at least 12 vendors from Vermont, New York and New Hampshire, with over 70 quilts on display.
Wurzberger visits New England quilt shows on a regular basis and decided to organize her own show after Tropical Storm Irene flooded much of the downtown village of Wilmington.
"We're trying to have more events to encourage more people to come here and to learn about our business community," said Wurzberger. "So many of us were devastated by the flood. Quilting is my thing, therefore it was something I could do to bring more people to Wilmington."
She has owned the Norton House building for about 50 years. It has been a quilt and fabric shop for more than 30 years now.
For the show, vendors applied through a committee to be entered into the event, which is sponsored by the non-profit thrift shop, Twice Blessed.
This year, there will be demonstrations performed by quilt makers. In addition to quilts, vendors will also be offering quilted items, doll clothes, doll furniture and hand-knitted items.
Donations are being accepted at the door of Memorial Hall. The proceeds from the show will be given to the Wilmington Historical Society and other local charities that will be decided after the show. Last year, the proceeds went mostly to the Memorial Hall Committee.
"It's been a lot of work," said Wurzberger. "And it's going to be a lot of fun."
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