- Ada, Oklahoma

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April 17, 2014

Quilt show offers display of dazzling color

Ada — More than 100 quilts hung in Pontotoc County Agri-Plex on Wednesday, adding bright splashes of color to an otherwise plain room.

In one area, vendors were busy setting up displays of quilting tools and other merchandise designed to appeal to quilters.

The vendors were getting ready for the 2014 Pontotoc County Quilt Show, sponsored by Oklahoma Home and Community Education. The show will be open from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Friday at the Agri-Plex, 1710 N. Broadway.

Admission is $2 apiece for anyone over 5 years old, and children 5 and younger are admitted free.

The show is a showcase for people who have turned a domestic chore into art, said Janna Kelley, educator for family and consumer sciences for the Pontotoc County OSU Extension office.

“They used to make quilts for keeping warm, and anymore the quilts are made for show,” she said. “They’re beautiful.”

All the quilts were made within the last year, and they came from around the country. The quilts were judged in various categories, and the overall winners were selected for best-of-show honors.

Work from a featured quilter — either a guild or an individual person — is featured during the show.

Vendors from Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma will be selling quilting supplies, including patterns, books and notions, at the show. Patrons may also buy tickets for a chance to win one of the quilts, which will be given away Friday afternoon.

Demonstrations on various quilting techniques will take place throughout the two-day show.

Quilters enjoy the show because it gives them a chance to check out new supplies, said quilt chairwoman Mary Hightower.

“Most everybody that quilts likes to come see what new things the vendors have,” she said. “New fabrics, new patterns, new books.”

Kelley said the display turns an ordinary room into a showcase of colors and patterns.

“It just makes this room pop, to me,” she said.

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