"I'm expecting to see many, many fabulous quilts," said Cass Botts, chairman of the 15th Wallowa Mountain Quilt Guild show in Joseph High School's gym this weekend.
Botts said that about 150 quilts are expected for the show, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. This is the first year the annual show will not also continue on Sunday.
Botts said that there will be quilts of all descriptions, from traditional patterns to landscapes to modern works of art, ranging from miniature to king-sized. All show winners will be determined by popular vote, and ribbons will go up on the quilts at noon on Saturday.
Botts said that there will be food concessions set up in the school cafeteria, as well as vendors selling quilting supplies from as far away as Nyssa and St. Marie, Idaho.
Local quilting businesses will also be represented except, ironically, for Bott's own businesses. A quilter for 20 years, Botts is co-owner (with Traci Frye and Sue Coppin) of Cattle Country Quilts shop in downtown Joseph and also finishes quilts with a long arm machine in another venture, Cassie Andra's Custom Quilting. "We're too busy," she said about not setting up in the vendors' mall.
Colleen Blackwood of Leapin' Lizzie's Designs in Pendleton will be the featured quilter for the 2007 show. She is known for her eye for color combinations, her outdoor quilting patterns and an intriguing trunk show.
Botts said 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.