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An Insiders Look At The Vermont Quilt Festival

We've been learning more about the Vermont Quilt Festival as we gear up for New England's largest and oldest quilt festival.  If you missed reading part 1 or part 2 of this interview series with members of the Quilt Festival's staff, you can read them before continuing.

Now that you're caught up, here are some more questions and answers about the Vermont Quilt Festival.

1.) If I am traveling to the festival what are the essential things for me to know?

The Festival takes place at the Champlain Valley Exposition Robert E. Miller Centre in Essex Junction. It is located in the Burlington area with its many fine hotels, restaurants, shopping, and attractions including the Shelburne Museum, Vermont Teddy Bear, Ben and Jerry’s and more. It is accessible to most via I89 (exit 12 or 15) and the Burlington airport, just minutes away. Onsite parking is free at the venue.

2.) How do I register for a class if I want to participate in one?

In mid January, a class brochure is published and is available by mail and/or by download from the Festival website. This gives prospective students time to choose classes before class registration begins in early April. Registration is available online as well as by snail mail. People who volunteer four or more hours at the previous Festival get the perk of priority registration beginning a month earlier.

3.) What classes are being offered?

Classes range from beginner to advanced, traditional to most current, from half-day to two-day. One two-day class this year is Bird Studies with Velda Newman, an internationally recognized quilt artist whose work was exhibited at the Shelburne Museum last summer. In her class students will use fabric, paint, inks and stitching to portray feathered birds. Classes in beading, embellishment, longarm machine quilting, computer programs, wearables, surface design, texture and form, mystery quilts, are just some of the offerings.

4.) Where are the classes being held?

Most classes are held at Vermont Technical College in Williston; some classes with machines supplied for each student by national companies take place at the Champlain Valley Exposition.

5.) If I am new to quilting, what is there for me at the VQF?

The quilt exhibits offer an opportunity to the newbie to study what appeals to her/him, to see the workmanship up close, to see tools and techniques demonstrated, to try out sewing machines in the vendor area, to take classes with the experts, and much more.

Bonus Question:  What's the most common misconception about the fetstival?

Many people think the Festival is organized by a guild but in truth it is a non-profit organization run by a hard working Board of Directors and a part-time staff of totalling about 2. The Festival would not be the success it is without sponsors and supporters and the generosity and talents of hundreds of volunteers.

If you missed part 1 or part 2 of this series you can read them to learn even more about the Vermont Quilt Festival.

Our thanks to Mary from the Vermont Quilt Festival for taking the time to help us learn a little bit more about this great event.



 Creative Fiber Designs 
      PO Box 250
      Brandon, Vermont 05733


 We have a strong background in creative fabric and fiber crafting, with over forty years of hands-on, multi-generational training in crocheting, knitting, sewing, needlework, beading and weaving. Design education began with exposure to the New York garment industry’s millinery segment, and our garment construction and tailoring experience lends itself to the form, fit, and function of each treasure we create.