BERRYVILLE, Va. – Mary Lynn Smith will be the featured quilter at the three-day Northern Shenandoah Valley Quilt Show kicking off here Friday.

Smith was a founding member of the first Northern Shenandoah Valley Quilt Show in 1981 and her family has graciously shared some of her beautiful quilts for show visitors to enjoy.

This year, the show is being put together by four area quilt clubs –the Apple Valley Needle Threaders and the Shenandoah Piecemakers, both of Berryville; the Modern Quilters of Winchester, Va.; and Skyline Quilters of Strasburg, Va. Two other clubs – Stitching with Mary of Charles Town and TOVA of Stephens City, Va. – also are taking part. Members of each club come together to plan and support the show, which is held every two years.  

This year’s show theme is “All Creatures Great and Small” with dogs, cats, birds and bees – all creatures great and small represented in these wonderful works of fabric.   

There is a club challenge to members of each of the sponsoring clubs. You will get to see the imagination and expertise of the members of each club showcased in these club challenges.   

In addition to the show theme and club challenge quilts, there are more than 100 other general entry quilts for your viewing pleasure including modern quilts, traditional quilts, artistic quilts, bed quilts, and wall hangings.  

These creative, colorful, whimsical and inspiring quilts are a feast for your eyes. Each visitor will select and vote for their five favorites in the categories. Ribbons will be presented on Sunday.

Whether you are an experienced quilter, a novice or just love exploring art and creativity, there is something for you at the show.

There will be vendors, door prizes, a beautiful show-themed raffle quilt, demonstrations of quilting and sewing techniques, and a boutique filled with hand-made items for you to purchase. Don’t forget to bring your scissors and kitchen knives and have them sharpened while you view the quilts and shop at the boutique. There’s also a wonderful little café for lunch.

Stop by the community service table and chat with club members to learn about each club’s focus and activities. Find out about opportunities to learn and how the clubs support the community with a variety of handmade items such as lap quilts, walker and wheelchair bags, tote bags and even kennel quilts for animals affected by natural disaster.

The quilt show happens at the Clarke County Parks and Recreation Center located at 225 Al Smith Circle in Berryville.

Admission is $7 for all three days and parking is free. Doors open at 10 a.m. Friday.

– Retired nurse Barbara Corey has lived in Harpers Ferry since 2008. She says: “I started learning  to quilt about five years ago when I wanted to make a quilt for my grandson. Thanks to two good friends, I finished the quilt! Now I am  a member of The Apple Valley Needle Threaders in Berryville, Va., and the Delectable Mountain Quilt Guild in Berkeley Springs. I am still learning quilting and making new friends through quilting.” Learn details about the quilt show at NSVQuiltShow.com or call 304-724-1430

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