Be ready for an explosion of shapes, colors and fabrics at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds this weekend.

About 108 quilts will compete for ribbons at the Lighthouse Quilt Guild’s 2018 show, “Color Explosion,” on Saturday and Sunday. Most of the quilts were created by guild members, said president Dee Strever, but some entries have come from as far as Cave Junction.

“It is a good quilt show,” Strever said Wednesday, adding that this year’s judge will be Grace Anderson. “It is a judged show. She judges on Friday.”

Anderson, who is from Grants Pass and was one of two judges who judged textiles at the Del Norte County Fair this year, will scrutinize creations in 15 categories from miniature quilts to king-size quilts. According to Strever, there is a separate category for quilts created by hand instead of machine.

Anderson will also judge quilts created by adults with special needs. Two will be featured at the quilt show this year, Strever said.

“The judge herself has a specific criteria that she uses to judge based on how well you did the quilt,” Strever said. “I’ve only been doing this for 15 years. Some of them have been doing it all their lives.”

In addition to viewing the quilts being judged, spectators will be able to browse among eight different vendors, have the chance to win raffle prizes and help put together quilt blocks for veterans.

“The project is in the back where the little canteen is and we ask the public to design the blocks on a felt board,” said PeggyAnn Melovich, chairperson for the guild’s quilts for veterans program. “They are nine-patch quilt blocks.”

Melovich said the guild had once created quilts for the Wounded Warriors program. The guild has sent more than 640 quilts to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center for servicemen and women, Melovich said.

However, in recent years, the Lighthouse Quilt Guild has been making quilts for local veterans. So far, the guild has given about 110 quilts to local veterans, Melovich said. She said the guild has 15 quilts that will be given to local veterans at 2 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Melovich said most of the veterans that are on a list to receive quilts attend Grace Lutheran Church. She said the guild will reach out to them at a later date if they’re not able to attend the show.

In addition to raffle prizes donated by quilt show vendors, there will be drawings for three quilts created by quilt guild members. The proceeds of one quilt will go toward scholarships, the other is used to raise money for cancer research and the third is a fundraiser for the guild, Strever said. Two of the quilt drawings will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday and the third will be raffled off in November, she said.

The quilt show is 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday in the mail building at the Del Norte County Fairgrounds in Crescent City. There is a $3 donation to get in, Strever said. For more information about the Lighthouse Quilt Guild, visit www.lighthousequiltguild.com.

Reach Jessica Cejnar at jcejnar@triplicate.com .

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