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An itch to stitch: Woodbury guild hosts quilt show at Lake Middle School

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The Quilted Treasures Quilt Show last weekend turned the gym at Lake Middle School into a fantasia of fabric.

The quilts on display were too splendiferous to serve as mere bedwarmers or couch covers. This was, as Shakespeare wrote, "beauty too rich for use."

Highlights of the show included "Warped Logs," by Debra Archer of Maplewood. Her work, which won second place in the large pieced category, was a psychedelia of swooning blues, indigos and greens. To create the mosaic effect, Archer cut out and reassembled 5,192 pieces of cloth, each of which is about the size of a thumb.

"The sky's the limit," she said. "There's so much you can do. I like designing my own piece and there's no end to what you can do."

Mary Rossi won first place in the large pieced category for "Spin Me Some Color."

Evelyn Rau of Inver Grove Heights spent five years making a quilt she calls "Grandmother's Flower Garden." She used only a needle, thread and thimble.

"No sewing machines," she said.

The event, which featured more than 150 quilts, is organized every two years by the River Valley Quilter's Guild of Woodbury to promote the art of quilting and provide a venue for their members and others to display their work. It also raises money for the guild.

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William Loeffler

William Loeffler is a playwright and journalist from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked 15 years writing features for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has also written travel stories based on his trips to all seven continents. He and his wife, Michelle, ran the Boston Marathon in 2009. 

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