The Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce is putting out a call for quilts.

The 2014 “Quilts Along the Trail” Central Washington Quilt Show will take place April 25 and 26 at the Kittitas Valley Event Center, and will feature fabric quilts made by Kittitas County residents.

The quilt show started last year to launch the Kittitas County Barn Quilt Trail, a self-guided driving tour of more than 60 decorated barns in the county. A barn quilt is a large painted quilt square mounted or painted directly onto the side of a barn, which is visible from the road as people drive past.

“The biggest highlight and reason we did it (the quilt show) was for the dedication of the trail,” said Amy McGuffin, director of tourism for the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce. “I think it just focuses on the celebration of the heritage of agricultural families and barns.”

The show was so popular — more than 1,200 people attended — that the chamber decided to bring it back again. It was also a draw for people outside of the county.

“The most impressive thing for me is how many quilts we had in the first year,” McGuffin said. “We had over 260 local people putting their artistic gifts out on display. It’s just amazing how many quilters we have.”

Submissions

To submit a quilt for the show, quilters should fill out an application accessed online at myellensburg.com. Quilters must enter it into a category, include the quilt measurements, and give a history or story of the quilt.

Quilt categories include: antique (50 or more years old), embellished, pieced, junior quilter (16 and under), appliqué, embroidered, child/baby, seasonal, landscapes, themed, first time quilters, group quilts, challenge and other.

“We added quite a few (categories) this year just because we felt like it needed to happen that way,” McGuffin said.

A minimum of one photo of the quilt must accompany the application. The quilt show committee is looking for quilts that have not been previously displayed at the show. People may submit as many quilts as they would like, and there is no entry fee.

“Right now we are just accepting as many as we can get as of right now,” McGuffin said. “We could probably accept up to 300.”

Applications should be dropped off at the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce office at 609 N. Main St. no later than April 1.

Show activities

All submitted quilts will be displayed at the show, and some may be available for purchase. In addition, more than 20 trade show vendors will be on site.

Sisters on the Fly, an outdoor adventure club for women, will have a display for people to check out, and Huffman Farms will provide a petting zoo and kids activity area.

The chamber has asked a certified quilt appraiser to attend the event, an idea taken from other quilt shows.

“If families have heirlooms and are not quite sure how old it is, they can have the quilt appraiser look at the fibers to date the quilt,” McGuffin said.

Volunteers needed

The chamber also needs volunteers to collect admission, serve as greeters and show ushers, and to help with the setup and checkout processes.

“We’d love to have them help us,” McGuffin said.

People interested in volunteering at the quilt show can contact Amy McGuffin at the Kittitas County Chamber of Commerce at 509-925-2002.

The Central Washington Quilt Show will be from noon to 5 p.m. April 25 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 26. Vendors will be on site until 5 p.m. on April 26.

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