Calling all quilts


August 23, 2012

MASON COUNTY — When planning a party or a show, or in this case the Country Fall Festival, some preparations can’t be put off until the last minute which is certainly the case when it comes to the 26th Annual Harvest of Quilts Show.

Presented by the Mason County Community Educational Outreach Service (CEOS), the Harvest Quilt Show will take place on Oct. 6 and 7 during the Country Fall Festival at the West Virginia Farm Museum. It was reported those wishing to participate in the show should bring their finished quilts to the farm museum between 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 5. While for some the deadline may still seem a little far off, for experienced quilters who know the work that goes into such a piece, it may be a sign to buckle down and get back to work before it’s too late.

As with any competition, there are different categories in which contestants can enter into. The four categories for the Harvest Quilt Show include the following: full size-hand quilted; full size-machine quilted; small size(60 inches by 80 inches or less)-hand quilted; and small size-machine quilted. It was reported there is no entry fee to enter the show and both recent and antique quilts may be entered. Entries in the “small size” categories can include items such as wall hangings, crib size quilts and placemats.

In addition to the various categories, there are also prizes given for the first and second place quilts in each group as well as the People’s Choice Awards. The first place winner in each of the large quilt categories will receive $20, and the second place winners will receive $10. The first place winner in each of the small quilt categories will win $10, with the second place winners receiving $5. The People’s Choice Awards will be determined by votes received from the spectators at the show.

It was also stated that a door prize will be given out each day among the registered guests at the show. Guests also do not need to be present to win. The hours for the Harvest Quilt Show are from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, and 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7. There is no charge for admission.