The first day of spring on Saturday couldn’t have been nicer for an outdoor quilt display in Colusa.
Dozens of handmade quilts hung on porches and fences, inside businesses, and in windows all over town.
The free-of-charge outdoor quilt display, hosted by Friends Around the Block Quilt Shop, had a large amount of participation, said organizer Roberta James.
James said the quiltmakers, residents, visitors to city, business owners, and Colusa’s good old-fashioned community spirit is what made the Quilts Around the Block event a huge success.
“The whole community was so supportive,” James said.
People flocked to the quilt shop all day on Saturday to take part in the quilt scavenger hunt and celebrate the art and craftmanship of quilt making. Children looked for quilts in various colors and shapes. More ambitious quilt hunters looked for specific patters like “Sun Bonnet Sue” and quilts made in 1930s fabric.
Quilts of all kinds were on display, including antique and heirloom quilts.
At the end of the day, scavenger hunters returned their game sheets to be entered into a raffle.
Ellie Gutierrez won the gift basket of goodies and a gift card to Quilts Around the Block.
Tracey Herrick won the shop quilt, a drawing specifically for participants who displayed a quilt during the event.
Although the drive-by (or walk by) quilt display was organized as a fun and safe event that could be held during the COVID-19 pandemic, scavenger hunters said they would like to see the outdoor display and hunt held annually on National Quilt Day (the third Saturday in March), National Sewing Day (June 13), National Thread the Needle Day (July 25), or anytime during National Quilting Month, in March, or National Sewing Month, in September.
“We think every day is a good day to celebrate quilts,” said Betty Linde, of Marysville.
Linde and friends drove to Colusa just to take in all the beautiful quilts on display and said they would return every year if such an event was held.