2011-09-22 / Local & State

Quilt Club Announces New Rules For Annual Competition

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Pictured above are Carolyn Kerlin, Jackie Mellott and Jean Price at machines for the quilting class. Pictured above are Carolyn Kerlin, Jackie Mellott and Jean Price at machines for the quilting class. Since its inception 31 years ago, the Fulton County Quilt Club has been adamant in its requirement that all quilts entered for judging in its annual show be hand-quilited. Well, times they are changing. After three years of discussion and research, the Quilt Club voted at its July meeting to allow machine-quilted items for judging. The Fulton County Quilt Club was the only remaining club in the tri-state area that did not accept machine quilting.

The club’s primary objective has always been to educate people in the art of piecing and handquilting. With most quiliters working outside the home, very few have the time for handquilting. Furthermore, there is a strong trend toward creating “art” quilts that feature very elaborate quilting and embellishments. The trend is also toward wall hangings and small quilted items instead of “utility” quilts, which are used to keep folks warm and toasty in the wintertime. Does this spell the end of the handmade quilt? Not at all.

The club’s mission is to continue the tradition of handquilting and to encourage the learning of all techniques. The following rules have been adopted by the Quilt Club for the 2011 Quilt Show and Contest:

The contest is open to the residents of Fulton County or members of the Fulton County Quilt Club in good standing.

Residents of Fulton County with an out-of-county address must include their township.

Entries should have been completed within the last three years but not entered previously in the Fulton County Quilt Show.

Preregistration is not required

There is no entry fee

Entries must be submitted either the Wednesday of show week between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. or Thursday of show week between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.

One entry per category per person; each category will be eligible for one first, one second and one third prize only.

The Fulton County Quilt Club reserves the right to assign entries to their proper category and division.

The show is held in a secure building.

Entries in Open Class 1-8 must be bed quilts and measure at least 58 inches by 78 inches.

Computerized machine quilting will not be judged but may be displayed.

Commercially quilted items (hand or machine) will not be judged but may be displayed.

Only handquilted items are eligible for the Silver Thimble Award.

Quilts may be entered in the following categories:

Open Class

Applique any method - handquilted; applique any method - machine quilted; handpieced quilt - handquilted; machine pieced quilt - handquilted; pieced quilt either by hand or machine - machine quilted; whole cloth - marked by quilter - handquilted; others - mixed media; group - made by two or more persons, twin or larger (not eligible for Silver Thimble Award) - handquilted; lap quilts, wall hangings and table toppers - handquilted; lap quilts, wall hangings and table toppers - machine quilted; kits - twin or larger, including preprinted whole cloth. Eligible for first-, second- and thirdprize ribbons, the People’s Choice and Silver Thimble awards only. Handquilted only.

Youth division (students up to age 18) - handquilted

Quilts; wall hangings; pillows; and small items (aprons, vests, potholders, bibs, book covers).

The Fulton County Quilt Show and Contest will be held Friday, October 14, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday, October 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, October 16, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Fulton Theatre at the rear of the F&M Trust, 100 Lincoln Way East, McConnellsburg. Quilts will be received Wednesday, October 12, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Thursday, October 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year’s featured quilter is past president and founding member Mildred Leo.

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