Quilting is functional art that goes back to ancient times. Each quilt is a relection of the person making it as well as the person receiving it. Cleveland Metroparks will be accepting applications for the Cleveland Metroparks “Reflections of Nature Quilt Show” until Thursday, October 24, 2013.
Each quilt entry is required to have a nature theme that incorporates at least one North American nature image within the design and can be traditional or abstract.
There are three size catagories:
• small (under 1,600 square inches)
• medium (1,601 to 4,899 square inches)
• large (4,900 to 9,025 square inches)
Applications must be completed and turned in and are good for up to two quilts per person that are entering in the show. There is a $10.00 entry fee per quilt and may be paid by check or money order to Cleveland Metroparks. Each application mus also be accompanied by a non-returnable photo(s) of the quilt(s). Applications may be dropped off at any Cleveland Metroparks nature or visitor center or mailed to: Rocky River Nature Center, 24000 Valley Parkway, Rocky River Reservation, North Olmsted, OH 44070.
A complete list of rules and requirements is found on the application/brochure and are available at:
Brecksville Nature Center
Ohio & Erie Canal Reservation
Garfield Park Nature Center
Garfield Park Reservation
North Chagrin Nature Center
North Chagrin Reservation
Rocky River Nature Center
Rocky River Reservation
The application/brochure is also available online at clevelandmetroparks.com.
Prizes and ribbons will be awarded to the top three quilts in the following categories: large quilt, medium quilt and small quilt. Additional prizes will be awarded for Best of Show, Viewers' Choice, Best Hand Quilted, Best Hand Work on the Quilt Top, Best Machine Quilted, Best Machine Work on the Top Quilt, Best Execution of Theme: "Reflections of Nature." Ribbons will also be awarded in the categories of Honorable Mention and Judge's Choice.
The winner of the Best of Show quilt receives a Bernina 330 sewing machine ($1,399 retail value), courtesy of Abigayle's Quiltery of Olmsted Falls.
The all-weekend Reflection of Nature Quilt Show is scheduled for November 9 and 10 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Rocky River Nature Center in Rocky River Reservation in North Olmsted.
The Quilt Show features guest presentations, retailers and vendors, quilt and textile arts guilds and demonstrations, 'make-and-take' activities, food for purchase, and more! Quilts entered in the juried show will be on display during the weekend.
For more information about registration or the Reflections of Nature Quilt Show, call 440-734-6660 or visit clevelandmetroparks.com.