The Willapa Harbor Quilters have issued their sewing challenge for this year’s Pacific County Fair.
The 2020 challenge is for a 12.5-inch unfinished quilt block in red, white and blue, in 100% cotton cloth. While sponsored by the quilting guild, the challenge is open to the public.
Contest entries will be accepted at the same time and place as all sewing and needlework entries for the fair: Sunday, Aug. 23, at the fairgrounds sewing building in Raymond. Only one entry will be accepted per person.
Winners will be selected by popular vote during the fair, which will run from Aug. 26 to 29. Makers of the top three blocks will receive cash prizes of $20, $15 and $10 from the guild.
Blocks entered in the competition will become the property of the guild and will be used to create patriotic quilts for local veterans. While only one quilt block can be entered in the competition, those interested may make and donate additional blocks of that size for use in those quilts.
The guild has presented patriotic quilts to approximately 150 local veterans in the past five years in appreciation for their military service. Veterans are invited to receive their quilts during guild meetings, if they wish, where they can share some of their military experience with the quilters. The personal stories of military service are rewarding for the quilters.
Questions about the challenge, or about Willapa Harbor Quilters in general, may be directed to guild president Beth Gill at 360-660-0036.