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(Nancy Dunn – For the Daily Press)

The 16th Annual Artesia Quilters Guild exhibit is currently on display at the Artesia Historical Museum and Art Center now through Sept. 30 during regular Museum hours: 9 a.m. – noon and 1-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays and 1-5 p.m. Saturdays.

Large groups are encouraged to call ahead, and we can accommodate after-hours tours by appointment as well.

As always, this year’s show features all-new, never-before-exhibited works created by Guild members. Artesia Quilters Guild members have a reputation for creating unusual works — even traditional patterns and designs are given a fresh twist through non-traditional fabrics and techniques.

Guild members created crazy quilts as a Guild project this year — a great way to use up scraps and experiment with color. For comparison, there’s also a traditional vintage crazy quilt in this year’s show, done in rich velvets. We’ve also got a Christmas-In-September corner, with holiday quilts.

Besides the usual fabulous quilts and wall hangings, there are lots of nifty small projects: pillows, table runners, mouse and frog pincushions, purses, duff el bags, bowls, casserole carriers, a cosmetics organizer, pen and pencil organizer mugs, and retro aprons — which just go to show that just about anything can be quilted!

We hope you’ll all have a chance to view this year’s show while it’s on display. See you soon!