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Sew happy together: Brooklyn quilters stitch Downtown show together • Brooklyn Paper

Sew happy together: Brooklyn quilters stitch Downtown show together

Quilty as charged: Quilters’ Guild member Merrie Handfinger with a quilt that will be on display at the “Brooklyn Squared Quilt Show.”
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

They are a tight-knit bunch.

The intrepid Quilters’ Guild of Brooklyn is set to host its 21st annual patchwork show at a Marriott Hotel near the Brooklyn Bridge on the weekend of April 6. This year marks the group’s first show into such fancy digs — a serious accomplishment for the team, according to the one queen quilter.

“We finally got ourselves into the Marriott, so we’re happy about that,” said guild co-president Madonna Connor. “It’s big for us at this stage.”

The two-day show, which has previously been held in local schools, will feature more than 100 quilts — some as small as 12-by-12 inches, others large enough to cover a queen bed — as well as a silent auction for a multi-colored quilt sewn together by members of the guild. It will boast pieces with traditional patterns and others that make use of negative space and abstract designs, according to another quilting enthusiast.

“It’s an interesting event because of all the styles everyone uses,” said Bernadette Forward, a three-year member of the guild.

The event is a great opportunity to show off the artists’ work, but perhaps more importantly, it is a chance for them to introduce friends and family to their quilting buddies, Connor said.

“We all just became friends because our motto is that every quilt is beautiful,” said Connor.

The Quilters’ Guild of Brooklyn was founded in 1993 to support and promote the art of the hobby, according to Connor, who joined three years later. The members go on two retreats each year and have become very close as a result, Connor said.

“It’s become a very social part of our lives,” she said.

“Brooklyn Squared Quilt Show” at the Marriott Hotel [333 Adams St. near Tech Place in Downtown, (718) 246–7000, www.quiltbrooklyn.org]. April 5 from 10 am–6 pm, April 6 from 10 am–4 pm. $8 adults, $5 seniors, children under 12 free.

Reach reporter Megan Riesz at mriesz@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow her on Twitter @meganriesz.

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