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Quilts Along the Trail set for September 11

Quilt exhibitors, vendors and visitors can mark their calendar for the 7th annual Quilts Along the Trail show in Osakis.

The event will take place Saturday, September 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Exhibitors are encouraged to register early and others wishing to be a vendor or join one of the events such as the bed turning, challenge quilt-making, consignment sales or make-and-take workshops can register now by calling Quilts Along the Trail at (320) 352-1843.

There is no entry fee and no judging to be an exhibitor in the show, just the enjoyment of sharing the art and beauty of quilts. Entries for exhibit can register now and up until two days before the opening of the show.

The event is free to visitors and open to the public. Activities include live entertainment and food booths plus "Make and Take" workshops throughout the day.

There are also consignment sales, craft and quilter vendors plus the popular free quilt give-away just for visiting (it is not a raffle) sponsored by the planning committee. A hand-made quilt is given away.

A special showcase will focus on patriotic quilts and exhibitors are welcome to exhibit new work or existing and vintage pieces.

The event showcases the talents and skills of central Minnesota quilters in many varieties and time periods from antique and vintage to traditional and contemporary. Items shown do not have to be made by the exhibitor to be eligible for display.

There is no admission fee to participate in this quilt show, which lines two blocks of the Central Lakes Trail right next to downtown Osakis. Several vendor booths and a consignment sale booth will be part of the quilt show including arts and crafts, food and beverages in the morning, plus quilts and quilted items for sale.

The "Bed Turning" features a presentation with quilts displayed on a bed. As each quilt is turned, its history and other information about style are given by a qualified speaker -- usually the owner or curator of the quilt.

The "Challenge Quilt Show" features items done by local and regional quilters who have used the same pattern of fabric in a package of fat quarters. Of the 70-plus displays, no two quilts are alike even though the same patterns of fat quarters are used. This year's fat quarters are $5 and feature an interesting variety of seasonal colors and prints and unusual patterns in the fabric. Some of these challenge quilt items will be for sale by the challenge quilters.

Back again this year will be a "Quilters Flea Market," which includes pre-cut quarters, other packaged quilt blocks, bags of useable scrap material and remnants, finished quilts and other quilted pieces - all at bargain prices.

For exhibitor information, call Quilts Along the Trail at (320) 352-1843.