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Crook County Quilt Guild's biennial show draws a crowd of nearly 400 during the two-day event

PHOTO COURTESY OF TERRY HAGEN - June Isaak won the raffle quilt at the Crook county Quilt Guild's 22nd Biennial Country Quilt Show held late last month in the Pioneer School gym.

Crook County Quilt Guild's 22nd Biennial Country Quilt Show of Prineville was deemed a success during the recent Crooked River Roundup Week.

The "Juniper and Sage" themed event, held June 28-29 in the Pioneer School gym, drew 397 attendees according to quilt guild member Terry Hagen, as well as 130 quilt entries in the show. In addition, many quilts illustrating the work of guild members in creating chemo quilts for St. Charles and from featured quilter, Pam Buckley, were displayed.

"Pam Buckley, provided an amazing sampling of her work that reached from one side of the building to the other!" Hagen gushed. "Pam enthralled her audience on both Friday and Saturday with her review of her quilting journey and some of the more technical aspects of creations. Both presentations were extremely well-received and attended by local quilters and visitors. Everyone in attendance appreciated Pam's efforts and insights."

Quilt show visitors were given an opportunity to win an 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. The quilt was won by June Isaak of Eagle Crest.

In addition, quilt show visitors voted on their favorite quilt for the Viewer's Choice award, and guild members selected 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."

A group of honorary judges selected their favorites, Hagen said. Cheri Rasmussen, Pioneer School Principal, chose "Cattle Drive" made by Diane Dodge. Grace Grinnell's "Serendipity" was chosen by Helen Brisson, a fiber artist from Bend. "Selvage Quilt II, Hanging Gardens," made by Pat Thompson was the choice of Judge Laurel Buchanan, a local Prineville artist, and Bonnie Burgess, a long-time guild member in Prineville, chose "In My Garden" by Pam Buckley.

Guild members cast ballots for their favorite in a variety of areas. Those winners were: Large Quilt – Pam Buckley, "In My Garden;" Home Décor – Rhonda Krider, "Where the Cows Come Home;" Theme – Mona Case, "Tree;" Original Art – Grace Grinnell, "My Window;" and Machine or Hand-Quilting by Maker – Mary Jahns, white whole cloth hand-quilted.

"And finally, Viewer's Choice, chosen by all visitors and Guild members, was 'In My Garden' by Pam Buckley, Hagen added. "With so many outstanding quilts to choose from, these were difficult decisions to make but very worthy."

The Crook County Quilt Guild thanks the many, many volunteers who worked so hard over the days and weeks before the quilt show as well as those who helped to dismantle the show.

"The list is long!" Hagen remarked. "The visitors were very generous and complementary, which goes a long way toward encouraging the quilt show planners to start preparing for 2021."

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