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Roses of all colors, types and sizes will be seen at the 35th annual OHCE Free Quilt Show.
Though these aren’t the kind of flowers you can smell, they will be soft enough to curl up into. In order to qualify for the rose category, roses had to be appliquéd, embroidered or in the quilt’s fabric design. Quilts can be viewed from 1-5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Stephens County Historical Museum.
“I was thinking of the Parade of Roses that happens in January,” said Sharon Pulis, chairman of the show committee, who came up with the name.
As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, about 60 quilts and other quilted items had been entered by the community. Pulis said they anticipated anywhere from 20 to 40 more by entry cutoff at 5 p.m.
Judging will take place this afternoon.
Not only is there the rose specific category, but also an open category of quilted items. All entries could be either old or antique and did not have to be a quilt. Wall hangings, table runners and more could be entered as long as it is quilted.
“In the open class, the public can come in to vote for their favorite,” said Pulis. “Viewer’s Choice will be chosen from the votes.”
First through third place will be chosen in three categories within the rose quilted items. OHCE members hand-quilted the winner ribbons.
Additionally, a quilt made by June McGuire and donated by OHCE is being raffled off. All funds raised go to the Historical Museum and those who attend the quilt show are encouraged by OHCE members to tour the museum as well.
Tickets for the donated quilt will be sold up until a winner is chosen at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
“We raised about $1,100 last year and are already close to that,” said Pulis. “We expect to exceed that amount this year.”