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Register by April 1st for Kutztown Folk Festival Quilt Sale & Competition

by Kutztown Folk Festival

Register by April 1st for Kutztown Folk Festival Quilt Sale & Competition

You’re invited to apply for the annual Kutztown Folk Festival Quilt Sale & Competition.

“In the Quilt Barn you will observe the broadest span of grassroots.  Transitional quilts—a crossover from traditional to contemporary—are often lighter and brighter—the palate of color differs, and the design may not be traditional in any shape or form,” notes Cyndi Hershey, Quilt Education and Development Director.  She characterizes the festival as “a multigenerational event,” as over the years, she sees children with their parents who also were festival visitors as children.  “The festival represents a nostalgia and comfort level that people are craving, especially considering the last two years,” Hershey added.

Quilts are accepted for the festival through a competitive juried process.  The annual Quilt Auction is held on the second Saturday of the Festival, which will be July 9 this year. Although the Quilt Auction was virtual the last two years, selling quilts online was a big part of virtual visitor engagement.

A Pennsylvania native and watercolor artist for 39 years, Diane Phalen has been a fixture of the Kutztown Folk Festival for the last 15.  According to Zimmerman, she is “a great ambassador for the Festival.”  This year, she will staff her vendor booth in the Quilt Barn because she is donating a painting of the very Zigzag Log Cabin Quilt that will be featured in the acclaimed Quilt Auction.  On Saturday, July 9, at 12 noon, Phalen’s framed painting will be offered for bid alongside hundreds of quilts in the Auction.  Phalen has featured her painting on Facebook:

For quilt-related inquiries, contact Cyndi Hershey, Quilt Education & Development Director, at 610-683-1597 or at [email protected].  To plan your visit to the Kutztown Folk Festival, visit