It's time for local makers to round up their quilts and display their masterpieces for the community to enjoy during Crooked River Roundup festivities.
Members of the Crook County Quilt Guild will host the 22nd Biennial Country Quilt Show of Prineville with the theme "Juniper and Sage" Friday and Saturday, June 28-29 at the Pioneer School Gym.
"It's not guild-only," pointed out Crook County Quilt Guild member Terry Hunter. "Other people in the community may like to participate."
Anyone may enter a quilt, as long as it is three layers, stitched together, and has a sewn-on label on the back. Quilt take-in will be Tuesday, June 25 from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Wednesday, June 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Pioneer School Gym.
The Country Quilt Show of Prineville coincides with the Crooked River Roundup Rodeo. Show hours are noon to 6 p.m. Friday, June 28 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 29. Admission is $2, but children 12 and younger enter for free.
Guild members chose "Juniper and Sage" as the theme of this year's show. Based on this theme, a challenge was issued to guild members and area quilters to create a "skinny" quilt within certain guidelines.
Quilters from another guild were asked to review the CRQG quilts to decide which ones from the group of 23 met the required criteria. The final 14 quilts were then voted on by the local guild, and the quilt made by Mona Case was chosen.
"It's a wonderful quilt that visitors will enjoy seeing along with the other challenge quilts as a special display at the show," Hunter said.
In addition to the skinny quilt challenge, other quilts on display will include various quilts based on this year's theme, quilts from a class based on Ricky Timms' "convergence" process, and quilts made specifically for chemo patients at St. Charles Medical Center.
Approximately 100 quilts will be on display, some of which will be offered for sale.
Pam Buckley will be the featured quilter.
"Along with enjoying beautiful examples of her work, attendees will be treated to presentations by Pam on Friday at 3 and Saturday at 1," Hunter said.
Attendees will also be able to watch demonstrations that will take place throughout the show and shop in the Country Store.
"The Country Store has been very popular. It's not just quilted items. There are custom-made birdhouses, fabric coil baskets, and other very creative items — potentially including garden art," Hunter said. "Visitors really get a kick out of that part of the event, too. They don't have to leave with a $100 to $1,000 quilt. They might find something they love for $20 or less."
Quilt show visitors will also have an opportunity to win the 84-inch-by-84-inch raffle quilt. Quilt Addicts Anonymous designed the pattern, called "Burst." Guild members made the quilt, and Barb McCown did the machine custom quilting.
"They chose the pattern," Hunter said. "Part of them went shopping for the fabric, chose the color combination, and pieced the quilt, which is gorgeous."
Tickets are $1 each or six for $5. Funds earned by the raffle quilt ticket sales will benefit various community projects, including the hospice quilt and Christmas tree. The winner will be announced Saturday afternoon at 3:30.
Quilt show visitors will get to vote on their favorite quilt for the Viewer's Choice award. Guild members will select winners in the following categories: Large Quilt (over 50 inch by 50 inch), Quilted Home Décor (under 50 inch by 50 inch), Original Art Quilt, Best Machine or Hand Quilting by Maker, and Best of Theme — "Juniper and Sage." Winners will be announced at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
Proceeds from admission fees and the raffle will help the 94 Crook County Quilt Guild members purchase materials for future raffle quilts, Chemo Quilts and for quilting classes.
Guild members encourage the community to visit the show next week during the Crooked River Roundup.
"It's a huge tradition here. We have quilters and vintage quilters — quilters of all ages. Crook County, and specifically Prineville, has a great legacy of quilting," Hunter said. "We want to continue moving that forward into the next generation and try to create quality work that will become treasures to the families here."
Dates: Noon-6 p.m. Friday, June 28 and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, June 29
Location: Pioneer School Gym, formerly Crooked River School Gym, at Northeast Second and Fairview streets, Prineville
Admission: $2 and free for children 12 and younger
Quilt raffle tickets: $1 each or six for $5. To purchase raffle tickets, contact Mary Norton, 541-416-1905.
To enter a quilt: Deliver to Pioneer School Gym 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 25 or 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, June 26.
For more information: Becky Glover, 503-310-2063
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