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Award-winning quilter to lecture at festival

By Jill Wilson

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Anita Shackelford, a nationally recognized quilting teacher and judge, will provide a lecture and trunk show of quilts at the 2013 West Virginia Quilt Festival, June 20-22 at the Summersville Arena and Conference Center.

The festival also features a concert by Canadian folksinger and quilter Cathy Miller, displays of more than 170 quilts, a little quilt auction, classes for novice and experienced quilters, and products for sale by dozens of quilt and needle arts vendors. In addition, quilts on display can be offered for sale to potential buyers -- a first for the West Virginia Quilt Festival.

The quilt exhibit and vendors hall opens daily at 9 a.m.

At 7 p.m. June 20, Shackelford will show a collection of quilts chosen for the theme of her lecture that evening, "A Modern Mix." The lecture is free and open to the public. The Bucyrus, Ohio, resident has been quilting for more than 45 years. Her quilts have been exhibited around the world and she has won dozens of awards.

On June 21, Miller will perform a concert at 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Miller has toured for more than a dozen years performing songs, telling stories and displaying quilts to audiences throughout North America and abroad. Her music repertoire ranges from the historical and poignant to comedic and folk. She known for her mastery of Notan quilting, which involves reversing light and dark fabric pieces to produce stunning effects.

The annual event will hold classes for quilt and needlework enthusiasts and daily little quilt auctions in which small, detailed quilts are donated to help raise money for the West Virginia Quilters guild.

Nancy Swisher, a Taylor County native who has been teaching for more than two decades and leads quilters retreats twice a year, will teach a class on French braid quilts.

The Quilt Festival begins at 9 a.m. June 20 and continues through 5 p.m. June 22. Admission is $6 per day, or attendees can purchase multiday passes for $12 on Thursday or $10 on Friday.

Jill Wilson, of Ripley, is a former Associated Press reporter and a quilter.


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