Right inside the doors labeled "Departures," there are more than 100 reasons to stay.

They are colorful, each different from the next and hanging from the ceiling of the terminal at Grand Junction Regional Airport.

So plan to go even earlier to the airport if you are traveling or you're else's ride.

Or you might just want to swing by to take advantage of the first 30 minutes of free airport parking, especially if you have an affinity for fabric and thread.

This weekend, Joe Burtard, the airport's director of external affairs, will finish putting up "A Country Christmas" display featuring more than 100 local quilts and one antique Ford pickup from Colorado Mesa University.

"What better place to showcase the talent in our local quilting community," said Burtard, who put out a call for quilts earlier this year through Owls Nest Quilters, 727 Bogart Lane.

"We, of course, were thrilled," said Carol Schneider, owner of Owls Nest. "We are so excited to have this opportunity to show what the quilting community in the Grand Valley can do."

Quilters from at least five of the area's quilting guilds responded with quilts of all sizes: king, queen, double, throws and wall-hangings. "It runs the gamut," Schneider said.

A whole range of quilting techniques also is represented, she said.

There are traditional quilts like those that would have been made in the 1800s, landscape, applique and modern art quilts — at least one was part of a "Kandinsky Challenge" to create a quilt inspired by the work of artist Wassily Kandinsky, Schneider said.

Schneider has several quilts in the display. Some are from the shop and will be draped over the CMU Maverick truck, she said.

But another that can be found hanging from the terminal ceiling was a gift given to Schneider in appreciation for the years she spent as a high school English teacher at the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. It's white, gold and red and "it looks like an eagle," she said.

You can see in a glance that "oh, that's definitely Native American," she said.

Most of the quilts in the display come with stories, she said. The details of some of those stories can be found on the notes attached to the back of each quilt and read by those with exceptional vision or by using the zoom on a smart- phone camera.

The smaller quilts in the display can be found just inside the "Departures" doors, with the larger quilts farther inside the terminal as the ceiling rises, Burtard said.

Last week, as he used a platform lift to put up some of the larger quilts against the high walls near the "Arrivals" doors, his legs were shaking.

"I hate heights," he said.

But he planned to persevere to get all the quilts up before the busy travel week begins for Thanksgiving.

The airport wanted something different to add some cheer to the terminal for the holidays and Burtard thought, colder weather, coziness ... quilts!

Of course, his mother, Jennifer Burtard, did have an influence on his thinking, he admitted.

She is a quilter and every year she makes quilts for him and others in the family, he said.

A large quilt she worked on with two other quilters was used in productions of the Broadway musical "Quilters" in 1991 at Colorado Mountain College in Glenwood Springs, according to Joe Burtard.

It will be part of "A Country Christmas," along with quilts made for babies, quilts with Bible verses and wall hangings honoring military service.

"A Country Christmas" will be on display through Jan. 4, which is when renovations are scheduled to begin on the floor of the terminal, Burtard said.

When the dust finally settles on renovations at the airport, Burtard is hopeful more local art and craftsmanship can be put on display.

"There are so many talents in this community," Burtard said.

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