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County Fair offers new contest

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

The Ohio Star quilting block, painted by Sherri Stevenson- Arnold, will decorate the Family Crafts Building at the Cherokee County Fair Grounds. Photo by Mike Leckband.
New at the Cherokee County Fair this year will be a Quilters Block Contest. The contest and display blocks will be at the Family Craft Building at the fairgrounds.

Area quitters are invited to enter the Quilts Block Contest. Rules for the contest are as follows:

Each contestant receives a packet containing four fabrics. All four of these fabrics must be used. Add no other fabric or embellishments (example: buttons, ribbons, beads, etc.).

Rusty and Doris Grashoff hang an Ohio Star quilting block board onto the Family Crafts Building at the Cherokee County Fairgrounds. Mark Arnold makes sure that the board is hung correctly. Photo by Mike Leckband
Each block must be 9 1/2" x 9 ½" unfinished. Your block will not be judged if the size is incorrect.

Blocks may be pieced, appliquéd, paper- pieced, or any combination of these techniques.

Blocks will be judged on creativity, best use of fabrics provided and workmanship.

Blocks become the property of the Cherokee County Fair, so entrants should not attach blocks to any backing. The blocks will be on display for the duration of the fair.

After the fair, the blocks will be made into a quilt, to be sold at next year's Cherokee County Fair. All profits will be used to improve the Cherokee County Fair.

There will be a grand prize of $50, second place will receive $25, third place will receive $10, and there will be other prizes as well.

Entries must be received by noon on July 11 in the Family Craft Building. Packets for quilt blocks may be picked up at Quilt & Kaboodle Shop in Cherokee, or the Village Boutique in Aurelia.

To commemorate this new event, a 48' Quilt Block Board was made by Sherri Stevenson- Arnold of Aurelia, with a little help from her husband Mark, and Doris Grashoff. The folk- art piece will greet people who are entering the Family Craft Building. The pattern on the Quilt Block Board is an "Ohio Star."

In recent years this popular Quilt Block Board has decorated Iowa's landscape on the side of barns, farmhouses and now even a fairground.

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