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Popular Quilt Show Coming Back to BVT

The quilt, 'O, Glorious Day, will be raffled off at the Thimble Pleasure's Guild Guild's show in March.

Once again it's time for the Thimble Pleasures Quilt Guild's popular Quilt Show. This year, the biennial show will take place on Saturday, March 12 and Sunday, March 13 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Blackstone Valley Technical School in Upton.

Throughout the two day show, more than 200 types of quilts and other quilt projects will be on display for attendees to view. In addition to raffle baskets, a silent auction, and a boutique, a beautiful quilt made by members of the Guild and titled 'O, Glorious Day will also be raffled off.

Joyce Gilmore, the "Founding Mother" of the Thimble Pleasures Guild, couldn't say enough good things about her quilters. "These women are so talented. I consider what they do to be fabric art," she said. The Guild began in Mendon in 1992 with eight members but over the years has expanded and now has 85 members of all ages.

Gilmore said what's great about having different ages in the group is seeing the way each generation creates their art. "It's all about the way you learned and who you are. I'm a nurse and also an engineer, so I follow my patterns in a very structured way. Some of our younger members are more artsy and tend to go more off into their own patterns and it's just beautiful," she said.

Since its formation, one of the Guild's goals has been to share their quilts and other quilting projects with people in need. Over the years, the members have donated their quilts to local families and children, Hurricane Katrina victims, as well as to patients in hospitals.

Part of the proceeds from each quilting show has also gone to a special cause that typically affects women. "This year we're giving to the American Autoimmune Disorder and Related Disease Association," said Gilmore. "For the most part, autoimmune disorders, which include colitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and MS, affect woman more than men. Several women in our group suffer from some type of autoimmune disease." In past years, the Guild has raised funds for breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and heart disease.

Many of the quilts on display at the March show will tell a personal story related to the artist. This year, Gilmore said her quilt is a remembrance of her grandmother who also quilted.

Admission to the show is $7, with children 18 years and under are free. Blackstone Valley Tech is located at 65 Pleasant St. There is ample parking and handicapped parking available.


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