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Tenth annual Quilts Along the Trail show Saturday

This year, the Osakis community will celebrate the 10th annual Quilts Along the Trail celebration on Saturday, September 7 along the Central Lakes Trail in downtown Osakis. Each year, quilters and quilt admirers check out the craftsmanship. (Staff photo/Osakis Review)

The talents and skills of central Minnesota quilters will be on display during the 10th annual Quilts Along the Trail show in Osakis on Saturday, September 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public.

The exhibits and activities will line two blocks of the Central Lakes Trail, which runs through downtown Osakis. Several vendor booths, a quilters' flea market, a consignment sale, food booths and live entertainment will be part of the quilt show.

Displays will include many varieties from a range of time periods, from antique and vintage to traditional and contemporary.

A special showcase will focus on the Flying Geese pattern and exhibitors are welcome to exhibit new work or existing and vintage pieces.

An ongoing "Make and Take" workshop is set to take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A handmade quilt is given away in a door prize drawing just for registering. You need not be present to win the quilt.

If it rains Saturday, visitors are invited to see the displays and challenge quilts at the Quilts Along the Trail Store located at Second and Main Streets in Osakis.

Events on the Trail on Saturday, September 7 include:

• The "Bed Turning" features a presentation with quilts displayed on a bed. As each quilt is turned, its history and other information about style are given by a qualified speaker, usually the owner or curator of the quilt.

• The "Challenge Quilt Show" features items done by local and regional quilters who have used the same fabric in a package of fat quarters. Of the 90-plus displays in two categories, no two quilts are alike even though the same fat quarters are used. Some of these challenge quilt items will be for sale by the challenge quilters.

• Back again this year will be a "Quilters' Flea Market," which includes pre-cut fat quarters, other packaged quilt blocks, bags of useable scrap material and remnants, finished quilts and other quilted pieces, all at bargain prices.

Sponsors of the Quilts Along the Trail include Community Vacuum and Sewing Center in Alexandria, First National Bank of Osakis, Just Like Grandma's in Osakis, Galeon of Osakis and the Osakis Chamber of Commerce.

“Bed Turning” schedule

9:30-10:30 a.m. Rescue Quilts, presentation by JoAnn Wintheiser and Carol Mihalchick

10:30-11:30 a.m. Sauk Centre Quilters Guild

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Babr Gjerde presents appliqued farm scenes

12:30-1:30 p.m. Hand-pieced and hand-quilted quilts by Vickie Howard

1:30-2:20 p.m. Rescue Quilts, presentation by JoAnn Wintheiser and Carol Mihalchick

Amy Chaffins

Amy Chaffins is a journalist working for the Echo Press newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota.

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