The Newport Public Library is displaying 35 small quilts from the Oregon Coastal Quilters Guild (OCQG) during July.
Library visitors are invited to view the quilts and vote for a favorite. After the library votes are counted, the person who created the quilt with the most votes will be honored at the guild’s general meeting. Librarians have commented that both library staff and patrons are enjoying the quilts.
After the display is taken down, the quilts will travel to the Newport Recreation Center at 225 Avery St., where they will be (silently) auctioned as part of the OCQG annual quilt show, “Quilts by the Sea,” on Aug. 2 and 3. Show hours are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 2, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 3. Half the proceeds from the silent auction will be donated to a local nonprofit organization. In addition, the person who made the auction quilt that received the most votes at the library will be able to designate an additional nonprofit to receive $50 from the guild.
This year’s “Quilts by the Sea” will feature about 300 quilts made by members throughout Lincoln, Lane, Benton and Linn counties and beyond, as well as some medallion blocks from the guild’s challenge entries. In addition, another special display will honor Nan Scott of Yachats, the guild’s 2019 featured quilter.
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. Snacks and lunch selections will be offered by the 4-H Coastal Ranchers.
Additional information about the show and the guild can be found online at www.oregoncoastalquilters.org.