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Spotlight on the arts:Local quilter awarded

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By Stephanie Choate

Observer staff

August 1, 2013

A Williston quilter took home a top prize at the recent Vermont Quilters Festival.

Elizabeth Schmidt received the Governor’s Award for Best Vermont Quilt for her boldly colored entry, My Circle of Friends, seen on the left. Her quilt also won the Best Art Quilt award.

“It was the design and the impact that it has when you first look at it and the color and the quality of the workmanship, and the technique,” Mary Ryan, one of the festivals’ organizers, said of what set Schmidt’s quilt apart.

Schmidt was among the more than 250 quilters from across the United States, Canada and abroad who took part in the annual contest, which also included a category specifically for young quilters. Four national quilting authorities judged the quilts prior to the opening of the show.

Schmidt said she was “humbled” and “thrilled” to win the Governor’s Award.

Schmidt has been making quilts for 25 years, getting together with a group of women for much of that time—though she noted it’s not like your grandmother’s quilting bee.

“It’s not like a bunch of old women sitting around, but it is very social,” she said. “This group of women, we’re like sisters at this point.”

Schmidt said she has always liked working with fabric.

“I always told my kids that it’s art, it really is,” she said. “It’s just like painting with fabric.”

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