NEW BERLIN – What began as a small showing of a few quilts, the annual outdoor New Berlin quilt show has turned into an event that draws local, regional even national audiences.
The show is planned for Saturday throughout the village. Organizer Linda Foote attributes the event to her love for community as well as her love for quilting.
“It started small,” she explains, “but throughout the past couple of years, it has taken on a true community spirit.”
Many homeowners get involved by hanging up quilts or setting up a display of quilts on their porches or in their front yards. For their efforts, prizes are awarded. “There are Mayor’s and Viewer’s choice awards given each year,” Foote said.
Like in years past, there will be a chicken barbecue, vendors, artisans and entertainment.
Special guests, Bobbie and Joel Bergquist of Quilters Treasure, a New Hampshire business, will be on hand to teach their rare quilting techniques on Friday and Saturday. From marbling and painting on fabric using Tsukineko ink, to making stained glass and “Quilt-As-You-Go” quilt kits, the duo of artists will share how their one-of-a-kind marble fabric is created. “It is a real treat to have them in New Berlin.”
An array of activities will be available throughout the weekend as the quilt show gets underway as early as 10 a.m. Saturday.
From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. there will be an indoor quilt show at Saint Theresa’s Church, along with a chicken barbecue from noon to 2 p.m. Water bottles will be provided by Little Foote’s Preschool.
During the show local churches and organization will be selling craft and other items in the St. Theresa’s lot next to the Masonic Hall from 10 to 3 p.m. Saturday. All money raised will go to the churches and organizations. All churches are welcome to participate and can speak to Carlotta Innello or call 847-9747 to make arrangements.
Singer/song-writer Skip West will be in Hyde Park to provide musical entertainment, including a new quilting song he recently created, and the Utica Zoo Mobile will be there showing exotic creatures.
Quilting groups or shops such as Sew Nice Quilt Shop, Pieceworks Guild and AGR Sewing Center of Brewerton will be showing their work, and Foote said, there are many new artisans this year.