ILWACO, Wash. — Are you sick of gray skies? Add some color to your life, and attend the 22nd annual Quilting at the Beach event, where over 100 colorful quilts will be on display.
Presented by the Peninsula Quilt Guild, Quilting at the Beach takes place 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 17 and 18 and from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 19 at the Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, located at 115 Lake St. Admission is free.
This year, the guild has grown to 80 members and will exhibit work from the local area’s most talented fabric artists. All guild members are from Washington and Oregon.
The quilts displayed will be as varied as the quilters themselves. Quilts will be done in a variety of styles from scrappy, embroidered, applique and art quilts to quilts made by hand, by home machine and by long-arm machine. Fabrics will also vary in color and type (including the quilter’s favorite: cotton). Quilts maybe adorned with thread buttons, rick-rack and even driftwood.
Guild members participate in many charitable projects throughout the year, and quilts are donated to OHSU Hospice and Ocean Beach Hospital Hospice, Rotary and teddy bears with scrappy quits to children at Ocean Beach and Columbia Memorial hospitals. Several guild members also belong to Quilts from the Heart, which this year donated several hundred quilts to charity organizations.
Each year, members participate in the construction of a prize quilt, and $1 raffle tickets are sold at several venues, which generates a little over $3,000. The money is donated to many charitable organizations on the Long Beach Peninsula. This year’s colorful quilt, “Sailing Away,” is an ocean-themed quilt in a queen size to fit most beds. The drawing for the prize quilt will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday.
This year, donations will be made to Camp Victory, Columbia Pacific Heritage Museum, the Elks backpack program, His Supper Table, Peninsula Church Center, St. Vincent dePaul Food Bank, Ocean Park Food Bank, Boys and Girls Club and the Cranberry Museum. At the guild’s August picnic, a basket filled with quilting items was raffled and the funds donated to the animal shelter.
The Challenge Blocks displayed at the quilt show are made by guild members from packets of fabrics. Each member designs and makes a 12 half-foot quilt block that is judged at the show. The winning block receives an award. After the show, the blocks are made into a quilt and donated to the Ocean Beach Education Foundation for their auction.
The guild meets at the Peninsula Church Center at 5000 N. Place in Seaview; anyone interested in membership is welcome. Talk to any of the hosts at the show, or just come to the church center at 1 p.m. on the second Monday of any month.