High Desert Blooms
The Old West is characterized by cowboys, roundups, rodeos, parades and quilts, and a local quilt guild will add to the Crooked River Roundup atmosphere with a quilt show.
Members of the Crook County Quilt Guild are hosting the 21st Biennial Country Quilt Show of Prineville with the theme High Desert Blooms Friday and Saturday, June 23-24 at the Pioneer Gym.
"It's for our quilters in the area to show their quilts and hopefully inspire others to become involved in quilting and to let our presence be known," explained quilt show chairman Becky Glover.
They invite all quilters to not only come and view the dozens of quilts on display but to enter their own pieces as well.
"There are some people in the area who make beautiful quilts who don't belong to the guild," Glover said, adding that it's fun for quilters to showcase their creations. "It's like putting your things in a fair. Everybody is proud of their work."
The show runs during Crooked River Roundup festivities, opening at noon Friday, June 23 and closing at 6 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 24. It's held at the Pioneer Gym, formerly called the Crooked River Elementary gym, at Northeast Second and Fairview streets in Prineville.
The public is welcome. Admission is $2 for adults and free for children ages 12 and younger.
Those wanting to enter a quilt must bring their quilts to the Pioneer Gym between 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 20 or between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 21. Entries must have a sewn on label.
"We usually have a lot of people from the community who bring them," Glover commented.
The event features well over 100 quilts, quilted art and home decor as well as a raffle, presentations, the Country Store and awards.
Members of the guild come up with different ideas for a quilt show theme, and members vote. They chose High Desert Blooms for 2017.
"Members have driven out to places to see the wildflowers, including the areas of Big Summit Prairie, the Maury Mountains and the Painted Hills for inspiration. Some quilters are inspired with the wild flowers on their own property in Crook County," Glover said.
Quilters then try to tie in the theme when creating their theme challenge piece. These creations will range from small home decor projects to wall hangings and even large quilts.
"The Country Store is a section of the gym that's set up, and it'll sell all sorts of handmade things, from potholders, table runners, place mats, aprons and tote bags," Glover said.
Books, patterns, magazines and fabric will be for sale, and there's a whole vintage section that often includes old quilt blocks.
"A lot of times, there's big hunks of fabric that people have bought in the guild and then they've changed their mind and decided not to do the project, so they just donate it," Glover laughed.
Guild members donate the Country Store merchandise, and the sales benefit the guild. Money earned from admission, the raffle and sales go toward ongoing classes and guild projects, such as the tree and quilt they donate for the Hospice Christmas Auction.
Around 20 of the 92 Crook County Quilt Guild members created the multi-colored star queen-size quilt inspired by the colors of wild flowers for the raffle. Guild member Mardyth Peterson quilted the 78-by-97-inch quilt. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5 and can be purchased in advance or during the show. The drawing will be held at 3:30 p.m. June 24.
Guild members will offer a variety of presentations, beginning at 3 p.m. June 23 and 1 p.m. June 24. They will share about art quilts on both days, discussing dyeing their own fabric, weaving and abstract quilting. They'll also talk each day about their Chemo Quilts community project.
On Friday, a member will talk about wearables, such as jackets and vests and things she has made. On Saturday, Peterson will talk about unfinished projects. Another member will discuss and share her quilts.
Quilt show visitors will have a chance to vote for their favorite display, and the winner will receive the Viewer's Choice Award. Guild members will select the winners in the other categories, including the best large quilt, quilted home décor, contemporary art quilts and best of theme.
Glover said the Crook County Quilt Guild hosts the show every other year because it's too big of a commitment to put it on annually. They put it on during Crooked River Roundup week to draw all the people coming for the festivities.
"We're fairly close to the parade route, and so we get a lot of people that just walk over after the parade and look through," Glover said, "besides all of our regular quilting people that would come."
Country Quilt Show of Prineville
Dates: Noon-6 p.m. Friday, June 23 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 24
Location: Pioneer Gym, 200 NE Fairview St., Prineville
To enter a quilt: Deliver to Pioneer Gym 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. June 20 or 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 21
For more information: Becky Glover, 503-310-2063