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Photo coutesy S&B Quilters Guild This quilt is the 2017 raffle quilt, featuring a fun Christmas theme of Santas hiding in a Christmas tree. It will be one of the many quilts on display at this year's Cabin Fever Quilt Show on March 17-18 in Hotchkiss.

For over 20 years, the artisans of S&B Quilters' Guild have presented the annual Cabin Fever Quilt Show. The biennial show began in 1994, and it's time once again to experience the beauty, craftsmanship, talent and creativity that is poured into every stitch and block.

The show will feature nearly 200 quilts and quilted items made by local and regional crafters. More than just quilts, show attendees can expect to see quilted decor items like table runners or wall hangings, clothing and accessories and more. Both hand- and machine-quilted pieces will be on display. "We hope everyone comes down and has fun," said Robyn Reinhard, a guild member. "There is a lot of talent in our valley."

There will also be a special display of antique quilts, she said.

In addition to the beautiful pieces on display, S&B has a full schedule planned. In the Boutique, find a wide selection of handmade items, quilt kits and many other quilt-related items. Several vendors will be on hand showcasing fabrics, patterns, machines and tools. One vendor will do scissor sharpening. Several demonstrations are scheduled throughout the weekend, including project ideas, a new type of matte and others.

Also on display will be the guild's 2017 raffle quilt. Each year the guild selects a design and members individually complete blocks. This year, the design is a fun Christmas-themed quilt trimmed in candy cane fabric and featuring 30 blocks that show Santa hiding in a Christmas tree. The design is a Buggy Barn Santa Baby, and guild member Judy Clay quilted the piece. Raffle tickets are $1 each; the raffle will continue for the rest of the year, and the winner will be drawn in early December. Funds raised from the raffle and from quilt show admissions help guild members bring in nationally-renowned quilters who teach new techniques as part of S&B's quilting education program.

Because there will be so much to see, S&B members will have delicious homemade treats, pastries and fresh-brewed coffee at the Calico Cafe -- perfect for taking a little respite in between demos.

The show will be held this Friday and Saturday, March 17-18 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday, March 19 from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Heritage Hall at the Delta County Fairgrounds in Hotchkiss. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted.

S&B Quilters' Guild was formed in 1989. Membership is open to anyone who has an interest in quilts and quilting. Currently, there are 80 guild members from Delta County, Montrose and Grand Junction.

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