Find quilted treasures at the Quilt Market

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By Special to the Monitor

The Los Alamos Piecemakers Quilt Guild will sponsor the 2010 Quilt Market Oct. 16, during which quilted “treasures” will be up for sale.
Each year the LA Piecemakers Guild sponsors either a show or market in October. This year the Quilt Market will be presented at the Baptist Church in Los Alamos.
Bed quilts, table runners, placemats, wall hangings and wearables are just a few of the items that will be featured. In addition, there will be holiday quilted items that could make great gifts for friends and family.
Once again, Guild members have designed, pieced and put together a special quilt that will be raffled off at 3:30 p.m. This year the handmade quilt has been named, “In the Woods.”
“There are various community services and charities that the Los Alamos Piecemakers Guild supported through the raffle of our quilt,” Guild Vice President Margaret Hendricks said.
“We have helped battered women’s shelter; helped support the RSVP Quilters at the senior center; participated in the Million Pillowcase Challenge by making and donating colorful pillowcases for hospitals and shelters; and helped the Jemez Mountain Bear Paw Quilting Guild who makes quilts for New Mexico families of those killed in the Mideast.”
Hendricks also said the raffle helps fund speakers and quilting classes that promote the art of quilting in Los Alamos County.
Chairwoman for the Quilt Show, Libby Carlsten estimates that more than 1,200 items will be sold at the Quilt Market.
In addition, the Guild has added a new feature to this year’s event. There will be a sale featuring secondhand and gently used quilt-related items. This will include fabric, books, tools, patterns, equipment, unfinished projects, or other quilting-related items.  
The LA Piecemakers welcome visitors and new members to their meetings at 7 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month.
The meetings alternate between the United Church in Los Alamos and the Baptist Church in White Rock.
They have community service projects, speakers and teachers from across the country as well as local quilters that share, teach and motivate each other to work on new projects.
For more information visit their Web site, www.losalamos.com/lap/.