WELLINGTON - The Ohio Outdoor Quilt Festival, the largest outdoor quilt festival of its kind east of the Mississippi River, is now collecting quilts for its 2007 show on Aug. 11. The quilts will be displayed on the century old barns of Bonnie Brae Elk Farm on Quarry Road in Wellington.
In addition to quilts for the outdoor portion of the festival, organizers are putting out a call for autograph or album quilts to be displayed indoors in a special exhibit. This century old tradition of making signed blocks for special events continues to this day. One of the album quilts to be displayed is from the Darke County area and was made in 1889. Another was autographed by guests at a recent wedding.
Activities available to persons visiting the quilt show include voting for your favorite quilt, taking a wagon ride into the elk pastures to hand feed the animals, eating lunch under the trees, watching a hand quilting demonstration by Julie Bragg, a nationally known quilt designer, tasting elk venison at the farm shop, lingering in the quilt boutique, which will feature quilted items, fat quarters, kits and patterns.
The Ohio Outdoor Quilt Festival displayed more than 400 quilts at the 2006 show and expects to exceed that number this year. Quilts arrive at the Wellington quilt show from all over the United States as well as from the Northeastern Ohio area.
Quilts for display can be brought to Bonnie Brae Farms, 27717 Quarry Road in Wellington, Ohio any time prior to Aug. 8. Call the farm in advance to be sure someone will be there to receive your quilt. The phone number is (440) 647-3232.
The Ohio Outdoor Quilt Festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 11. Entry to the grounds is $3 per person. There is an additional charge for wagon rides to hand feed elk. There is no charge for parking.