It’s time for the annual Ouachita Quilt Show! This will be the 37th annual show to be coproduced by the Polk County Extension Home Makers and the Nimble Thimble Quilt Guild, and will be held on November 1 & 2 at the historic armory on DeQueen Street in Mena. There are 32 categories to enter you quilts in– from first quilt to experienced quilters, and under 18, there is a category for you! If you are interested in entering your quilt(s) or other quilted items such as bags, table runners, wall hangings, etc., bring your item(s) to the DeQueen Street Armory in Mena on Tuesday, Oct. 29th, from noon to 5 p.m. Due to the judging schedule, this is the ONLY time to bring in quilts. Also, you DO NOT have to be the quilt maker to enter your quilt in this show; bring the favorite quilt Grandma made for you when you were a child, or Mom may have made for you when you got married! As long as you own the quilt, you can enter it.
There will be prizes as well! Several local and national vendors have donated prize items including a sewing machine for the Best in Show winner. Other prizes include fabric, notions and gift certificates.
This year’s raffle quilt is currently on display at the Polk County Extension Office. Seven members of the Nimble Thimble Quilt Guild spent over 300 hours on this year’s raffle quilt. All money raised from the raffle quilt will go to the Single Parent Scholarship Fund at UARM. Tickets are available now from any EHC member, at the Extension office, or at the quilt show. The lucky winner will be drawn on Saturday, November 2, at 4:30 p.m.
While you’re at the quilt show, don’t forget to stop by the EHC Country Store. You’ll find lots of hand made items and baked goods! The members of our Extension Homemakers Clubs have been busy making items for this year’s store! Items such as homemade pillow cases, kitchen accessories, Christmas stockings and more will be available. And Christmas isn’t that far away! The money raised from the Country Store goes to benefit EHC projects and scholarships.
And a great big THANK YOU to all the volunteers that help make this show possible. We have groups that take in the quilts, put up the display poles, hang the quilts, etc. Without them, we couldn’t do this!