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This is one of the many quilts that will be raffled off at A Quilt Gathering Saturday.





Stunning specimens showcasing the talents of some of the area’s most talented quilt artists will be on display at A Quilt Gathering this weekend, an event put on by the Mountain Laurel Quilters.

“We’ve got all kinds of stuff,” organizer Pat Klink said.

More than 60 quilts will be hanging in the London-Laurel Optimist Club and more than 20 vendors will be set up selling craft- and sewing-related items.

The quilts will be judged Thursday, with $2,000 in prize money up for grabs. The winner of Best in Show alone will walk away with $500. Quilters will also compete in the large and small machine quilt, large and small hand-made quilt, appliqué quilt and art quilt categories.

Klink is impressed by the submissions.

“Paula Philpot entered her Dear Jane quilt, which won the blue ribbon at the Extension Service cultural arts show,” she said. “A woman from Somerset entered an appliquéd quilt of local birds that is just spectacular.”

Attendees can also buy raffle tickets to win two creations. Proceeds for the Mountain Laurel club quilt will go to Project Linus, a volunteer group that knits, crochets and sews blankets for needy Laurel County children. Since its inception, volunteers have sewn nearly 400 blankets for the charity.

Proceeds from the second quilt will go to the Optimist Club as thanks for letting the group use the facility for the event.

Food, including soup, chicken and dumplings and homemade cinnamon rolls, will be served and sold by the Boy Scouts. Money they raise will go to a women’s shelter.

A Quilt Gathering will run from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at the London-Laurel Optimist Club. There is no admission fee.

Staff writer Tara Kaprowy can be reached by e-mail at tkaprowy@sentinel-echo.com.

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