Best of show winners are Lorraine traill was on the edge of her seat as the bid on her quilt went higher and higher saturday at the kutztown folk festival annual quilt auction. When it hit $5, 000, the 50yearold upper macungie township quilter was about to jump up and shout hurray. Traill's handmade quilt, the website designed around a pennsylvania dutch theme with tulips and distelfink, brought the secondhighest sale price of the prizewinning quilts sold at auction. "Coming up roses,"One of four blue ribbon quilts judged best of show, brought the highest sale price, $11, 000. Festival officials, who did not identify the quilter, said the successful bidder was not present at the auction. Based on an unofficial count, the top 24 quilts and three wall hangings brought about $55, 250 at auction. One of the festival's most popular events, the quilt auction attracted about 500 people to the pavilion at the kutztown fairgrounds.More than 100 registered to bid. The festival, one of america's longestrunning folklife celebrations, concludes its nineday run today Among the closingday highlights is a religious service, conducted in the pennsylvania dutch dialect by the rev.In the pavilion. Carol heppe, quilt director, said the auctioned quilts were selected from about 1, 300 displayed in the quilt barn. A panel of five judges awarded best of show to four quilts and top honors to 20 others. Craig koller, a kutztown quilter, introduced each quilt and explained their motifs. The first quilt auctioned was made onsite during the festival by quilters from st.John's lutheran church, kutztown. Paul keifer, a lehigh county quilt collector, paid $1, 000 for the queensize quilt in the dresden plate design. "It means something to me that it was made right here by a church group,"Said keifer, 52, who has 500 quilts in his collection. "My collection is a retirement investment,"Keifer said. "Handmade quilts never depreciate. " Robin mieczkowski of robeson township beamed with pride after submitting the top bid of $2, 500 for an allwhite quilt in the classic pineapple pattern. "I love its simplicity,"Said mieczkowski. "As a novice quilter, i appreciate see results about Bridesmaid dresses the many hours of work that went into it. " Traill, a quilting instructor at wooden bridge dry goods fabric store in maxatawny township, spent about six months on her quilt. With anna mae martin, shop owner, traill spent about a month sketching the design on graph paper. Martin, a member of the old order mennonite community, selected the fabric.Several of the awardwinning quilts were made with fabric from martin's shop.