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Handmade quilt to be offered as county fair fundraiser

This quilt made by Ann Hale will be available at this week's Sequatchie County Fair.  For a small donation, fairgoers will have their names put in a drawing for the quilt.

Aug. 16, 2019 – One event at the Sequatchie County Fair is the annual quilt fundraiser. This year’s quilt, seen above before being quilted, is an original design interpreting the fair theme: “From Pioneer Days to Modern Ways”.

All of the machine-pieced blocks are inspired by old patterns found in pioneer quilts of the 1800’s.

The fabrics are bright batiks, very popular in today’s quilts. The quilt is 83-½ in. x 99 in. and will fit a full- or queen-size bed. Ann Hale, quilt department volunteer, chose the block patterns and pieced them.

This quilt was much less work than a pioneer woman’s quilt,” Hale said, “thanks to modern machines and quilt-making techniques and tools. However, I expect the feeling of satisfaction and sense of accomplishment that I had when it was finished was much the same as early quiltmakers experienced.”

The quilt will be on display during the Sequatchie County Fair this week. There will be information about the quilt blocks and the history of quilting, as well as how the techniques have changed over the years.

There will also be an opportunity for visitors to make a small donation for the chance to become the quilt’s new owner.

The fair opens Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 6 p.m. CDT with a music program.

On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Aug. 23-25, the exhibits are open from 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. There are special events throughout the fair week, ending each day with musical performances.

Admission is free all week.