MENA — The thirty ninth Ouachita Quilt Present might be held Friday and Saturday, Nov. 5-6, within the Schooling Constructing on the Polk County Fairgrounds in Mena.
The present might be open from 9 a.m. to five p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday with a $3 entry charge on the door. There isn’t any price to enter an merchandise into the present. Quilted objects ought to be taken to the fairgrounds on Tuesday, Nov. 2, from midday to five p.m., with a pickup time set for Saturday from 5-6 p.m. A raffle quilt drawing might be held on the shut of the present on Saturday.
“For a few years, the Ouachita Quilt Present (OQS) came about in the course of the Lum-n-Abner pageant however modified to coordinate with chamber-sponsored Ouachita Arts Celebration (OAC) within the fall. This yr, each occasions transfer to the training and industrial buildings on the Fairgrounds,” a information launch mentioned.
“The Nimble Thimble Quilt Guild hosts the quilt present, however the present wouldn’t be attainable with out the sponsorship of the Polk County Extension Homemakers Council which is below the College of Arkansas Division of Agriculture,” the discharge mentioned.
The quilt present options quilters from Polk County and surrounding areas with over 100 quilts on show yearly. Lately, a prize committee was developed. Prizes from native and nationwide distributors are awarded and vary this yr from an Ever Sewn stitching machine for the Finest in Present ribbon winner to present certificates and quilting notions for first- via third-place ribbons.
“With 32 totally different classes, each quilter from newbie to skilled has a spot to showcase expertise and artistry. We stay up for seeing what you have quilted for the reason that 2019 quilt present. The entire class record is on the Ouachita Quilt Present Fb web page or our web site menaquiltshow.weebly.com. For the needs of this present, a quilt or quilted merchandise will need to have three layers: the highest, the backing, and a center layer — historically often called batting. You do not have to be the quilt maker to indicate a quilt. Should you have been gifted a quilt while you have been a toddler, received married, and so on., you may enter it. There may be additionally a ‘not for judging’ class for vintage and classic quilts,” the discharge mentioned.
This yr, two vendor cubicles are scheduled. New this yr is Materials Women, a sales space that includes a quilter’s stash. Upon retirement from quilting, an area quilter donated her total material stash to the hand quilting Quilt ‘n Chat group. The material was sorted and made into precuts and measured yardage.
“Do not miss a possibility to buy this fabulous and distinctive priced material, kits, books, and notions assortment. Funds from gross sales within the Materials Women sales space will primarily assist meals insecurity and the native Backpack Program. The Nation Retailer is our Extension Homemakers Council’s common sales space of handmade objects and residential baked items donated by guild and EHC membership members. A child desk will embody objects particularly for infants and toddlers. Nation Retailer gross sales fund EHC tasks,” it mentioned.
“The quilt present is understood for its raffle quilt made by Nimble Thimble Quilt Guild members,” in line with the discharge. Raffle ticket gross sales profit the Single Mother or father Scholarship Fund for College of Arkansas Wealthy Mountain college students. Over $20,000 has been donated within the final 10 years for this scholarship. One ticket is $1, six for $5, or 20 for $10. Raffle tickets might be on sale on the quilt present Nov. 5-6; contact an area quilt guild or EHC members for raffle tickets upfront of the present; or go to Polk County’s Extension workplace the place the quilt might be on show at 211 DeQueen St. in Mena.
“This yr’s quilt made by guild members is a River Metropolis 9-Patch and featured in materials that symbolize the autumn colours of the Ouachita Nationwide Forest. Thanks for serving to us proceed the giving custom in 2021,” the discharge mentioned.
Images of ribbon-winning quilts and quilt present advertisers might be featured on the Ouachita Quilt Present Fb web page.
The brand new location of this yr’s quilt present would be the Schooling Constructing on the Polk County Fairgrounds in Mena. For extra data on getting into a quilt or attending the present, contact Joyce Sanden through textual content or message at 479-234-3414.