This year’s “Quilts by the Sea” will feature more than 300 quilts made by Oregon Coastal Quilt Guild members. The show will be August 5 and 6 at the Newport Recreation Center, 225 SE Avery Street. Show hours are from 9-6 on Friday, August 5 and from 9-4 on Saturday, August 6. The entrance fee is $6 per person.
The show will also include a group of Quilts of Valor slated for presentation to area veterans. In addition, four local veterans will receive their Quilts of Valor at special ceremonies during the two days of the show. Veterans to be honored are Les Day of Toledo, Bob Carr and Ray King of Waldport, and Don Trent of South Beach. King is a WWII veteran, Carr a Korean War veteran, and Day and Trent are Vietnam veterans.
Another special display will honor Velma Freudenthal of Newport, the guild’s 2016 Featured Quilter. A silent auction of small quilts will take place throughout the show, with half of the proceeds donated to Food Share of Lincoln County.
Raffle tickets will be sold for “Quilting Up a Storm,” a wall hanging inspired by the artwork of Dennis McGregor—a painting commissioned by the guild for its 25th anniversary show last year. A starry sky on a background of four- and nine-patch batiks arches above the lighthouse, while flying geese wing their way along the horizon. Waves swirl among the rocks below. Embellishments of beads, crystals, and organza light rays complete this work of art. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5.
Other quilt show features include a vendor mall, members’ boutique, displays of guild activities, a bed-turning organized by the Latimer Textile Center in Tillamook, and a children’s activity corner. There will also be demonstrations of quilting techniques, tools, and tips from participating vendors.
Snacks and lunch selections will be available in a lunch room at the Recreation Center.