By Sue Scott, Palouse Patchers publicity committee member
This spring’s Palouse Patchers Quilt show theme is “Blue Bayou.” Over 200 quilts will be on display Saturday, April 8, and Saturday, April 9, from 10 a.m. each day until 5 p.m. on Friday and until 4 p.m. on Saturday. The show will be in the Latah County Fairgrounds Exhibition Building at 1021 Harold Street in Moscow. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and children under 10.
“Over 500 people are expected and many travel long distances to see this show because of the high quality of quilt making and artistry,” says Nancy Mack, Palouse Patchers promotions chair.
This will be the Palouse Patchers 37th annual quilt show. Why attend this year? The results of three special challenges will be revealed. “Pictures of the Palouse” is the Patchers Challenge in a 20-by-24 inch format. The second challenge is the Janet Frietag Memorial Challenge with a $50 prize given out; the theme of this is “Everything Old Is New Again,“ in any size. The third challenge, The Mod Squad Challenge, is from the “Mod Squad” group of modern quilters; the theme is “Inspired by Any Artist But Yourself,” in a 16-by-16 inch format, with credit listed for the artist you’ve selected.
Attendees can browse the large array of local quilts, shop at 12 vendor booths, and relax with punch and homemade’ cookies in the kitchen. Vendors are rotated each year, so there is always something new to see.
Each year the Palouse Patchers raffle quilt differs by color, theme, and quilting design techniques. This year’s raffle quilt, called “Blue Bayou,” will be on display with raffle tickets available for $1 each. It is an asymmetrical modern design, and some may see Seahawks colors in it. The winner will be chosen at 3 p.m. on Sunday, but need not be present to win.
Proceeds from this event will benefit Quilts of Valor, a nationwide project to honor United States military veterans; CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children) youth quilts; and other local charities.
For more information or to submit a quilt into the show, go to www.palousepatchers.org or contact Nancy Mack at (509) 332-6252.