Black, white and bright!

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By Special to the Monitor

What’s black and white and bright all over? During the upcoming quilt show individuals from the Los Alamos Piecemakers Guild will present their answers to this question.

The quilt show, which will be held from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 2 and from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 3 at the First Baptist Church, will display hundreds of quilts including bed quilts, lap/nap quilts, wall hangings and wearable art. Additionally, there will be quilts from the national Hoffman Challenge and the Art Quilt 60’s Challenge in celebration of the county’s 60th anniversary.

Besides the displays, there will be a silent auction, trunk shows, demonstrations, door prizes, free quilt related literature and vendors. There will be a children’s activity, “I Spy,” and the opportunity to win a prize.

Additionally, the show will include a drawing for the 2009 donation quilt, “Stars of Enchantment,” Oct. 3. The 2009 quilt carries on the star theme with brightly colored stars made by individual guild members and combined into a king size quilt. It has a black background with multi-colored stars on both the front and back. Tickets for a chance to win the quilt are available at Brownell’s Hallmark, from guild members and will be available at the show. Tickets are $2 each or  $10 for six. The proceeds from the donation quilt ticket sales are used to bring in guest lecturers and also for community service quilts. Community service is a branch of the guild that makes and donates quilts to the community and others around the the country.

Some of the recipients of quilts have included the Children’s Cancer Fund of New Mexico, Relay for Life, the Ark Child Care Center, Clovis and Logan New Mexico fire victims, Project Linus, Crisis Center of Northern New Mexico, Family Strength Network, Habitat for Humanity, Hurricane Katrina victims, Ronald McDonald House, Carrie Tingley Children’s Hospital, Santa Fe Women’s Shelter and California fire victims.

The show is the 12th annual show the guild has presented since it was founded in 1986.

More than 100 local quilters are involved in the guild, which meets the fourth Tuesday of each month.

The meeting’s location alternates between White Rock and Los Alamos. The programs for the meetings include lectures and workshops by well-known quilters from around the U.S. and Canada. For more guild and show information go to the Web site www.losalamos.com/lap.