TEWKSBURY — Founded in 1990, the Tewksbury Piecemakers Quilt Guild is gearing up for its 27th annual quilt show. Held at the Tewksbury Senior Center on June 1 and 2nd from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. both days, it is open to the public.
The event, boasting quilts of all sizes and showcasing the handwork of so many resident artisans, is the signature outreach event for the 115-member guild. The show will have quilting items for sale, a pop-up shop of quilting fabric, and numerous raffles, including a giant 100”x100” Chantilly pattern red, white and blue quilt, machine quilted and coordinated by Terry Marimone.
The group gathers once per month at the Tewksbury Senior Center for meetings, then connects on the other Tuesdays for work groups. Giving back is a core tenet of the group, collecting items for the food pantry, making quilts for a host of charities, and focusing their efforts on comfort and warmth, the essence of what a quilt can provide.
Pat Wolf, president of the Piecemakers, said there are members from all over the area, but the group is mostly made up of Tewksbury residents.
“We even have a gentleman member,” said Wolf. “There are many mother and daughter pairs in the group, as well.”
Visitors are welcomed to any of their meetings, she said.
Carol Calistro has been involved since the beginning.
“The Baptist church in Tewksbury used to have quilting lessons and a show, and this group grew out of that,” she said. “We really enjoyed the camaraderie.”
The Piecemakers have a large quilt at the Tewksbury Public Library and an even bigger one in the lobby of the Tewksbury State Hospital. They encourage people to visit the State Hospital quilt as it depicts many historical sites in Tewksbury.
“It’s really quite magnificent,” said Calistro.
In addition to quilts and raffles, the event offers soup and sandwiches. Quilting guilds from all over the area are invited and it is a huge draw.
“We welcome all ages,” said Wolf.
The quilts are so beautiful the biggest challenge, besides hanging and displaying them, is keeping people from touching them. The group has cheery notes to gently remind visitors not to touch, as these are considered works of art and can be soiled by hands. In fact, the guild would welcome volunteers to help with setup and white-gloved management of the quilts during the show.
For more information, contact the Piecemakers at www.tewksburypiecemakers.com