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Newtown Quilters Guild hosting annual show

by Joan Hellyer

Members of a local quilters guild will celebrate 30 years of stitching and sewing together by hosting their 2019 Quilt Show this month.

The Newtown Quilters Guild show, called “A Thread Runs Through It,” runs from 10:00am to 5:00pm, Saturday and Sunday, October 12th and October 13th, at the Lower Bucks Masonic Hall in Lower Makefield.

“Our biennial quilt show is an opportunity for our members to display their work and to share with the community the art and craft of quilt making,” said guild president Regina Apuzzo. 

Vendors also will be on hand.

Plus Aunt Sukie’s Attic of Treasures will be open for people looking for quilting-related items seeking new homes.

Raffle baskets and small quilts will be on sale and there will be a cafe where visitors can go to get a snack and take a break.  

The guild’s 2019 raffle quilt, “Flutter and Flowers,” will be on display, as will an exhibit of quilts made for organizations.

Admission to the 2019 show is an $8 donation, with children under 12 getting in for free.

The admission price will be reduced by $1 for people who donate a nonperishable food item to support the Interfaith Food Alliance, organizers said.

The show will help the guild to continue raising funds for its many philanthropic activities, including donations to Quilts for Kids and a grieving facility called Camp Erin.

Plus, guild members craft crayon quilts using children’s artwork to donate to local police and other first responders to give to children who are in difficult situations.

“Our members’ generosity in responding to our neighbors’ needs has and continues to be a hallmark of our guild,” Regina said.

The group traces its beginnings back to 1989 when 10 friends got together for an evening of sewing and socializing.

As word spread the group increased to 33 and became too large to meet in the family rooms of guild members.

The group was incorporated into a non-profit organization in 1992 and has since weathered a few moves as its membership has grown to 100. Members live in Bucks and Montgomery counties, Philadelphia and New Jersey.

They all get together at 7:00pm on the third Tuesday of the month to hear from a speaker or participate in a program, the president said. There’s also a business meeting, plus refreshments and an opportunity for members to show their work.

Guests are invited to attend and admission is $5 unless otherwise noted. 

For more information about “A Thread Runs Through It,” the group’s monthly meetings, or how to join the guild, visit www.newtownquiltersguild.org.