Quilt making is a traditional American art form, and is alive and well in Wallowa County. Not one, but two, quilt shows give quilters from around the region a chance to showcase their colorful, fabric art - the Wallowa Mountain Quilters Guild Show in Joseph in June and the Mule Days Quilt Show in Enterprise in September.

Wallowa Mountain Quilters GuildMore than 150 colorful quilts will make the Joseph High School gym bloom for the 17th annual Wallowa Mountain Quilt Show.

Quilts of all descriptions, from traditional to modern works of art, ranging in size from miniature to king-sized will be displayed June 12-13 at the high school on the hill at the end of William E. Williams Ave. in Joseph. The show opens at 10 a.m. both days, closing at 6 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $3.

Everyone is invited to vote for their favorites in several divisions. Winners are determined by popular vote, and ribbons will go up on the quilts at noon on Saturday.

Down the hall from the spectacular quilt exhibit, quilt supply vendors will be set up in the cafeteria, where desserts and coffee will be available. There will be a shuttle running back and forth from the high school to downtown Joseph, where the Oregon Mountain Cruise car rally will be taking place on the same day.

Car parking for the quilt show will be available at the south side of the school (no RVs are allowed there) or in the school parking lot.

The show is sponsored by the Wallowa Mountain Quilters Guild, a busy group of about 50 quilters who will raffle off a quilt they made with an outdoors motif. Tickets will be available at the show. The members also have fun with a little competition in the Challenge Quilt contest; this year each member is making a quilt based on paint chip colors she drew. For more information, contact quilt show chairperson Sandy Beaudoin at (541) 426-9059.

Mule Days Quilt ShowA special division of quilts featuring mules in their designs is a favorite part of the annual Mule Days Quilt Show, which will celebrate its 7th year Sept. 11-13 in conjunction with Hell Canyon Mule Days.

Cloverleaf Hall comes alive with quilts that display designs from the past as well as contemporary patterns, ranging from bed-sized and crib quilts to artsy wall hangings. Quilters from other areas are welcome to enter their quilt.

A merchants' mall will offer quilt supplies as well as vendors with hand-crafted goods, home and country decorating items and garden accents.

New this year to the quilt show will be a Trunk Show highlighting Wallowa County Ranch Women.

Tickets for a raffle quilt will be on display and tickets may be purchased for $1 each or six for $5; the winning ticket will be drawn on Sunday at 2 p.m.

Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday of the show and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. The $3 admission charge is good for all weekend.

For more information, visit (www.hellscanyonmuledays.com) or call Sondra Lozier, (541) 426-3271 or (541) 263-0104.

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