We have many quilters and fabric artists along the Mohawk Towpath Byway or among the Friends of the Byway. You might be interested in the following quilting challenge with other byway communities. I think it would be cool to have an entry by the Mohawk Towpath Byway community.
The National Scenic Byway Foundation, Denver, CO, has endorsed the “Beauty of the Byways” theme for the 2013 Great Lakes Seaway Trail Quilt Show to be held in Sackets Harbor, NY, March 16-17 and March 23-24, 2013. Show organizers are inviting American and Canadian fabric artists and quilters to enter quilted works of any size showcasing a favorite byway or backroad, its landscape or waterfront, or scenic, natural, historic, cultural and recreational treasures with short personal essays or stories to be displayed with each work extolling the factual virtues of the chosen byway, one’s own travel adventure on the byway, or how the quilt’s design blends into fictional tales of waterfront romance, fun in the sun or byway meanderings.
“This Great Lakes Seaway Trail quilting event creates a unique way to increase awareness of the diversity of the byway experiences available across America and to inspire travel which, in turn, creates positive economic impact in byway communities,” says National Scenic Byway Foundation President Anaise Berry, director of the Illinois River Road National Scenic Byway, Peoria, IL.
Guidelines for the challenge are online or call Lynette Lundy-Beck at 315-646-1000 x203.
The show’s relaxed guidelines invite participation by all ages and skill levels to create a quilted work of any size – from miniatures and wall hangings to bed quilts, even quilted apparel — for the “Beauty of the Byways” theme. Works may be pieced, appliquéd, traditional, pictorial, contemporary, embellished, an art quilt, or wearable art. Viewer’s Choice and special recognition will be presented to the “Best of the Beauties” from among entries for individual states and provinces.
Show manager Lynette Lundy-Beck says she has heard from quilters and fabric artists already planning wall hangings, quilts and quilted apparel and accessories for submission to the 2013 event.
See a list of America’s byways by clicking here. Quilters, fabric artists, budding artists, markers, painters, doodlers arise. Let us meet this challenge and have a bit of fun during these cold winter months!