|7/2/2013 2:12:00 PM|
BBR event kicks off quilt weekend
The third annual Quilt Show at Black Butte Ranch will be held on Friday, July 12, at the Lakeside Lawn at the Lodge. The event is a benefit for Sisters School District students who will pursue a college education in the fine arts. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Known as Peggy's Pin Pals, the quilters at Black Butte Ranch came up with the idea for their own quilt show from their neighbors at Camp Sherman.
"Our quilt show is a take-off on the quilt show that was done out at Camp Sherman for nearly 20 years," said Pin Pal member and BBR resident Marti Bradley-Kufchak. "Eventually we got the idea to do a quilt show of our own from them. We initially thought it would be a way to get people to come out to the Ranch. People come from literally all over the world to the Saturday event and we thought it would be a great idea to help promote the Saturday quilt show and promote Black Butte Ranch at the same time."
In addition to the quilts that are displayed every year, the Pin Pals sell pot-holders. All proceeds from the pot-holder sales go to Sisters-area high school students. Last year they sold over 300 pot-holders. The money raised goes to art programs at the elementary and middle schools. The last couple of years each school received $1,000 for scholarships.
Also, each year the Opportunity Quilt is displayed. Opportunity tickets will be available on Friday. The Opportunity Quilt is auctioned by the Black Butte Ranch Art Guild during their exhibit over Labor Day weekend each year.
The tradition of making and selling pot-holders was a carryover from the Camp Sherman quilt show, and the popularity of the pot-holder sales was a pleasant surprise.
"Well we were really surprised. Again, people come from all over the world, how easy is it to take home little gifts for your friends?" said Bradley-Kufchak. "A pot-holder doesn't weigh anything, and it doesn't take up any space in your suitcase. Also, the pot-holders usually have a theme like outdoors, or cooking, or cats, so they appeal to a wide variety of people. Plus, they are only $5 so they're really a good deal, and of course it's for a great cause, which is the students."
While the Friday quilt show is not affiliated with the larger Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show, the Ranch has been a longtime sponsor of the event.
"No, we're not affiliated with the bigger show, but we have been a sponsor for years," Bradley-Kufchak said. "But we are in their catalog of classes for our Friday event, so when they sign up for classes they know about us and can sign up for lunch and enjoy a day at the Ranch."
Lunch will be available during the event.
While the weekend will bring thousands of people to the area for the nearly a week and people will get a chance to enjoy all that Central Oregon has to offer, not to be lost is the importance to the Black Butte Ranch quilters, and what matters most to them.
"The most important thing to remember is the money earned by buying the Opportunity Quilt tickets, and the sales of pot-holders, is that the money goes to the students," said Bradley-Kufchak. "The bottom line is all the proceeds are for the kids."
For more information about the Quilt Show at Black Butte Ranch, call Katie Williams at 541-595-1510, or visit the Ranch's event calendar at www.blackbutteranch.com.
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