Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Three-Day Show to Display about 150 Quilts

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Three-Day Show to Display about 150 Quilts

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About 150 quilts displaying a wide variety of shapes, styles, techniques and skill levels will be just one component of the Three Rivers Quilters 31st Annual Quilt Show.

The show also will offer demonstrations of quilting styles; vendors; DVDs of the show quilts available for purchase; a cafe; and flea-market-style shopping in Granny's Attic. The show attracts more than 1,600 visitors over its annual three-day run.

It will be held from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. March 27, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 28, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 29 at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Circuit Center, 5 Hot Metal St., South Side. Admission is $7.

Quilt-makers from the tri-state area as well as from as far away as Virginia and North Carolina will vie for ribbons and cash prizes in one of 13 categories. All of the quilt entries were first reviewed by a panel of eight Three Rivers Quilters members. Those qualifying for inclusion in the show are then judged for Best of Show and for first, second and third place by two judges certified by the National Quilters Association.

"Of the 96 quilters entered in last year's show, 56 were nonmembers of our guild," Jan Burke, registrar from Upper St. Clair, said.

Last year, prizes totaled $2,700..

Over the years, quilters as young as 5 and as old as 90-plus have entered the show. Two years ago, a nonagenarian took home a third- place cash prize and ribbon for her hand-quilting skills.

Linda McCuean of New Galilee will serve as one of the two judges this year. A quilter for more than 30 years, Mrs. McCuean has judged nearly 50 shows in places from Portland, Ore., to Phoenix, Ariz., as well as five or six times for the Three Rivers Quilters. She was certified as a judge in 2004.

She said judges consider quilt qualities such as general appearance, visual impact, overall design, construction techniques and the quality of the binding. …

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