Traditional meets modern in guild's raffle quilt

Olde Kent Quilters President Barbara Kelly is pictured with “Wedding gin the Night Garden,” the guild’s 2019 raffle quilt. The winners’ names will be drawn on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

CHESTERTOWN — A traditional double wedding ring quilt takes on a bright, modern look in “Wedding in the Night Garden,” the Olde Kent Quilters Guild’s 2019 raffle quilt.

Bumping up the size of the rings and combining colorful polka dots with a bohemian floral gives the queen-size quilt an eye-catching fresh look, a news release states.

The design is a variation on a pattern by nationally known quilt designer and teacher Deb Karasik.

The talents of more than half of the 80-member guild went into its creation.

Tickets for the raffle are six for $5 or $1 apiece and may be purchased at First Fridays, Rock Hall’s FallFest and from any member of the guild.

The proceeds support the guild’s charity quilting program, Deborah’s Angels, which has donated more than 2,700 quilts since its inception in 2004.

Proceeds also benefit the guild’s community outreach projects, Hands of Time — a partnership with the Kent County Detention Center — and pet beds for rescue cats and dogs.

The quilt, which measures approximately 97 inches by 97 inches, is the first of four prizes in the raffle.

The second prize is a 36 inches by 36 inches wall or table quilt, third prize is a pillow and fourth prize is a messenger bag, all of which include fabrics from the quilt.

The winners’ names will be drawn on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Tickets also will be available at the guild’s Shore Love Quilting! Show and Market at the Kent Center Oct. 19 and Oct. 20.

More than 75 quilts will be on display, ranging from large, bed-size quilts to smaller lap and baby quilts as well as art quilts. The guild’s four Bees, or special interest groups, will be this year’s featured quilters.

The market will offer a wide variety of hand-crafted items, including table runners, tote bags, pillows and mug rugs.

Fabrics, books, patterns and other quilting-related items also will be for sale. Credit cards will be accepted. Admission to the show is $8; children 12 and under, free.

The Olde Kent Quilters Guild, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2020, meets on the third Tuesday of the month, January through November, at the Presbyterian Church of Chestertown, with workshops on the third Wednesday.

All skill levels, including beginners, are welcome. For more information, contact guild president Barbara Kelly at 215-872-4084.

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