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Towpath Quilt Guild to hold two-day exhibit this weekend

More than 100 members of the Towpath Quilt Guild will display their work at its biennial show this weekend. Guests can view traditional, art and challenge quilts and also enjoy quilting demonstrations, a colors workshop, a silent auction, raffles and a retail boutique. The guild will raffle an 84-inch by 92-inch quilt, "Connections," at 4 p.m. Saturday April 2. Tickets will be sold at the event.

Visiting vendors include Cottons, etc., of Wampsville; Priscilla Kibbe, of Wolcott; Mission Rose Quiltery, located in North Syracuse; Calico Gals, of Syracuse; Divine Threads, of Manlius; and Good Measure Fabric and Yarn, located in Locke.

The biennial show, which has attracted more than 600 people in past years, will take place Friday April 1 and Saturday April 2 at the Manlius Village Center.

Quilts tell many stories

Almost 200 quilts will be showcased, and each quilter has a unique tale to tell. One longtime guild member Gail Amidon Brennan shared her story of a quilt that took her 10 years to complete. She initially saw it on a magazine cover, then wrote to the author asking for the pattern.

Directions, spread over 20 pages, were incomplete or duplicated, some type was faint, some patterns were wrong, but Brennan forged ahead, deciding to "just make the quilt" without the benefit of a readable pattern, complete instructions or a photo.

Brennan would pull the quilt out from time to time to work on it between other projects, and ...

"Ten years and 26 days, 40 quilts, three strokes, two knee replacements later, I finally finished it," Brennan said.

Her opus will be proudly displayed at the show.

A tribute to a quilter, leader, teacher, friend

The Towpath Guild has a tradition of presenting a quilt, produced collaboratively by its members, to any outgoing president. This year's president, Georgia Foran, of Chittenango, died earlier this month, so her quilt will be donated to The Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative, as she had requested.

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