03-06 LS Belknap Mill Exhibit
Members of the Belknap Mill Quilters Guild stand alongside the Mill Quilt that hangs in the Rose Chertok Gallery of the Belknap Mill. Donated by the guild in 1982, it depicts several versions of our Mill. Members are, from left, Ila Mattila, membership chair and 14-year member; Jody Saulnier, publicity chair and 20-year member; and Marlene Morin, 10-year member. (Courtesy photo)

LACONIA — The Belknap Mill has an exhibit by the Belknap Mill Quilters Guild during March. A variety of the work of the guild will be featured in the Quilts in the Mill exhibit in the Riverside Gallery through March 30.

The exhibit is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. -5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. 

The Belknap Mill Quilters Guild was founded in 1978, and met for 23 years in the mill. By 2001, the guild had outgrown that space and found a new home with the Opechee Conference Center. Today they meet at the Beane Conference Center on Blueberry Lane. 

The group of almost 120 members meets each month, with programs and lectures on the topic of quilting and fiber arts. During the two sit-and-sew workshops that take place annually, members focus on completing quilts of all sizes that will be donated to several local organizations, including Spaulding Youth Center, the Inter-Lakes Children’s Fund, and the recovery program at Belknap County jail. The Comfort Quilt Program has provided thousands of quilts to those in need.

The exhibit at the Belknap Mill will preview the work that the Belknap Mill Quilters Guild will show during its Harvest of Quilts show in October. Funds from the show are used for charitable giving to the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, Massachusetts, and the Lakes Region Scholarship Foundation.

For additional information regarding the Belknap Mill Quilters Guild, visit www.bmqg.org.

For more information about the Belknap Mill, visit www.belknapmill.org.

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