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Mother/daughter duo featured at quilt show

  • The Monadnock Quilters’ Guild will hold its biennial Fall Festival of Quilts Show this weekend. Courtesy Photos

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  • Alice Rasanen (left) of Long Island and her daughter Diane Burnett of Peterborough sit for a photo.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2018 2:39PM

The Monadnock Quilters’ Guild will hold its biennial Fall Festival of Quilts Show at South Meadow School on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year’s theme, “All in the Family,” will be reflected by the featured quilters Alice Rasanen of Long Island and her daughter Diane Burnett of Peterborough.

Rasanen and Burnett are one of four pairs of mothers and daughters who are members of the Guild. But, as two of the longest participating members of the Guild, and among the most prolific in their quilting, their work will be highlighted among the over 200 quilts on display.

“Alice has above and beyond more quilts in this year’s show than any other member,” said Candace Gebhart, the co­chair of the event. “She is an extremely talented quilter who gives so much of her time and talent to producing these amazing works, many of which she often donates to Project Linus to comfort children in need with a handmade quilt.”

Rasanen and Burnett were both handy with a needle and had sewn for some time before coming to quilting. Here in New Hampshire, Burnett recalled seeing a picture in a magazine of a potholder with a cathedral window design that immediately grabbed her. From then on, she was “hooked,” she said. She later attended the very first meeting of what became the Monadnock Quilters’ Guild, and she has been a member ever since.

At the same time, although they did not know it then, Rasanen was also venturing out from sewing clothes and upholstery and into the world of quilting.

“My friend’s husband came home from school one day and said some of the teachers were talking about forming a quilt group. So we got right in there and became some of the first members. This was 1983 and we are still members!” Rasanenrecalled. “It was awhile before I realized Diane was following the same path ... but clearly the best minds think alike!”

Their shared passion became another bond for them. They went on a quilt tour to Japan and another trip to England, where Rasanen snapped a picture of a cathedral floor and later used 3,900 pieces of fabric to reproduce what she saw overseas.

More recently, Burnett has been taken by miniature quilts while Rasanen has been using her stash to create youth and lap sized quilts for those in need.

Visit monadnockquiltersguild.org or facebook.com/MonadnockQG.