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Last year's honored quilts from the Asheville Quilt Show. $10,000 will be disbursed to this year's winners.

Last year’s honored quilts from the Asheville Quilt Show. $10,000 will be disbursed to this year’s winners.

If you went to the Mountain State Fair last month, you may have gotten to gaze at some award-winning quilts on display: everything from traditional log cabin and star block patterns to freewheeling contempo-art designs to figurative panoramas (such as the quilt that depicted the 75th-anniversary book cover of Gone With the Wind).

But there’ll be more – way, way more – where that came from when the 33rd Annual Asheville Quilt Show comes to the same venue (WNC Agricultural Center in Fletcher) October 2-4. The three-day event features vendors and quilts from around the region and from across the country: 275 works from artists who piece by hand, stitch by machine, and display designs in all quilting genres, ancient and au courant.

This meticulous tradition is evolving all the time. Considered ever more a fine-art form, it also clings to its functional roots. Today’s “maker” culture prizes all that is handmade; however, quilters have been DIY-ing since the dawn of simple tools.

The show coincides with the advent of American Craft Week (Oct. 2-11). A national ACW competition just named Asheville, and by extension surrounding areas, the #5 craft destination in the country.

And speaking of prizes, $10,000 in awards will be bestowed during the show.

9am-5pm Friday and Saturday, 9am-4:30pm Sunday. $6/general admission. www.ashevillequiltguild.org, http://www.boldlife.com/event/asheville-quilt-show/

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