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Neighborhood quilt display planned for National Quilt Day

Jean Franklin, of Friends Around the Block, displays a shop quilt nearing completion that will be a prize awarded to one of the many people who display a quilt in Colusa on National Quilt Day, March 20.

National Quilt Month is in full swing and quilts are popping up all over Colusa.

Between now and March 20, which is National Quilting Day, everyone is invited to hang a quilt in a window, inside a business, or on a fence for all to enjoy.

National Quilting Day is held annually on the third Saturday in March to celebrate the long labor, love, and skill that goes into the making of quilts.

“It really is a beautiful craft,” said Roberta James, who transformed National Quilt Month and National Quilt Day into a safe community event that everyone can enjoy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Friends Around the Block Quilt Shop, the fabric store located at the corner of Market and 8th Street, in Colusa, is hosting the outdoor quilt event called “Quilts Around the Block,” in which residents are invited to participate by displaying quilts in their front yards or windows from 10 AM to 4 PM on March 20. People will then be able to safely drive through town and view the quilts.

“The event is entirely free of charge,” James said.

Participants can visit the Friends Around the Block Quilt Shop’s website for a map that shows the location of the quilts. As of Tuesday, there were dozens of sites registered where quilts will be on display. Many quilts are already on display in participating businesses.

On March 20, participants of all ages are invited to stop in the Friends Around the Block Quilt Shop at the start of the event (or anytime during the day) to pick up a game card for a Scavenger Hunt.

Young children could be challenged to look for quilts displaying simple colors and shapes, James said. Older participants could be challenged to be more observant to styles and patterns.

James, whose expertise in organizing events that correlate with the annual Virginia Yerxa Community Read celebration, said the scavenger hunt is just something extra to make the socially distant community event more interactive and fun.

“I am happy to do this,” said James, about spearheading the event. “This is something we can all safely do, even with a pandemic going on.”

Participants can return their game cards to the Friends Around the Block Quilt Shop to be entered into a free drawing for a gift basket that contains donated items from the local businesses.

“They don’t have to be completed,” James said. “We just want people to get out and see as many quilts as they can.”

The drawing will be held on the steps of the shop at 4 PM.

Residents are encouraged to call Friends around the Block at 458-7467 (458-PINS) to register their locations where a quilt will be on display so that it can be added to the map.

Participants who display quilts will be eligible to win a quilt that has been beautifully crafted by the Friends Around the Block.

“Quilts may hang on fences, porch rails, in windows, or whatever works for your neighborhood,” James said. “Everyone is invited to participate.”

For more information or to view the map, visit friendsroundtheblook.com and click on the red circle icon with the white square in the middle.

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