NORTH GOWER — Among the special events planned for the milestone 90th annual Ottawa Valley Farm Show in March is the auction of an anniversary quilt now taking shape with the help of 10 volunteers using high-quality materials supplied by Ruth Liscumb’s Flair with Fabrics in Chesterville.
The burgundy and beige log-cabin-style quilt features blocks radiating out from a golden wheat field. As of last week, project organizer Nancy Grundy informed Nation Valley News, the quilt was coming together nicely on the long-arm quilt-making machine in North Gower. “It’s on the arm now,” said Grundy.
Actual “quilting” takes place on the arm, while individual quilt blocks were stitched together during a late-November bee in Pierces Corners, said Liscumb, who anticipated the quilt’s completion within the next couple of days.
When done, the quilt will fit a king-size bed. It will be reversible, with the flip side featuring a 40-by-40-inch appliqued landscape encompassing both the old and new logos of the farm show and the Ottawa Valley Seed Growers Association — sponsor of the show since 1927 when it started in Renfrew County as a rotating seed competition and exhibition.
“The landscape celebrates the evolution of the farm show. You can use it on the bed or flip it over and hang it on the wall,” Grundy observed, adding that it’s priceless. “It’s the one and only.”
The quilt will be auctioned during the show’s annual Prestigious Pedigreed Seed Sale that raises funds each year for the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario. To date, the sale has collected $130,000.
In the 1950s, the Ottawa Valley Farm Show moved to Ottawa as a central location and began taking on machinery and other attractions, leading up to the modern configuration with 350 exhibitors staged at the EY Centre adjacent to Ottawa International Airport. The seed and feed exhibition remains at the heart of the show.
As she has for the past several years, Grundy will coordinate the quilt display at the March 14-16 show, focusing her efforts on heritage quilts this year. She invites anyone with a quilted family heirloom they would like to display to contact her at 613-489-3136.
In another colourful precursor to the 2017 show, a pickup truck sponsored by Bean Chevrolet Buick GMC Ltd., Carleton Place, wrapped in eye-catching rural scenes and the new logo, has been attending various agricultural events to promote the 90th anniversary.
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