After attracting hundreds of needle-and-thread enthusiasts to its first-ever Nodaway County Fair Quilt Show & Contest last year, Maryville's Krazy Quilters Club is already busy stitching together a second exhibition for 2013.
This year's show will open at 5 p.m. Thursday, July 18, on lower level of the County Administration Center and continue from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. both Friday and Saturday.
Krazy Quilter Janet Degase said the show attracted approximately 200 entries in 2012, and the club hopes to enlarge that number this year. Quilters wishing to enter may do so during a registration session at the center set for 2-6 p.m. Wednesday July 17.
The club is offering a $100 cash prize for the quilt judged best-in-show. Other awards will include a "Fair Favorite" to be selected by the public.
Back this year is the popular "bed turning" program, in which vintage quilts and comforters with interesting family histories will be displayed as their stories are read aloud.
Anyone with a quilt and a story to share should write down a brief one- or two-paragraph narrative and enter both during the Wednesday afternoon registration period.
The club is also planning a display of vintage, hand-crafted or unique aprons, which can also be brought in during the Wednesday sign-up.
Those planning on entering a quilt must attach an entry form to the back of the comforter with a safety pin in the upper, right-hand corner. Quilts lacking a three-inch fabric casing sewn across the back for a hanging rod will be be displayed using pins or clamps.
Only cotton or cotton-blend quilts are eligible for judging, and previously entered quilts are ineligible cash prizes. There is no entry fee.
Categories include: machine pieced/hand quilted; machine pieced/machine quilted; applique; baby quilts, youth-made quilts (16 and under); small quilts and wall hangings; and antique quilts (display and bed-turning only).
There will also be an open category for especially fancy entries, such as "yo-yo" and "cathedral window" quilts, which embrace gathered fabric rosettes and designs created from ornately folded fabric.