quilt.jpgSackets Harbor, N.Y. - Cash prizes, the opportunity to showcase your work locally and blending your fabric artistry with that of quilters from across a 518-mile shoreline region are reasons to enter the 2010 Great Lakes Seaway Trail Quilt Show and Challenge. The Seaway Trail Foundation, which will host the March 20-21, 2010 show at the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor, NY, has posted show entry guidelines and a registration form online at http://www.seawaytrail.com/ .   Show organizers are soliciting quilts and wallhangings made with circle and wheel patterns for display-only and competition. Quilters may submit work for display-only or for Viewer's Choice voting at the 2010 competition for $500 in prizes. Each accepted entry receives a Great Lakes Seaway Trail gift. A special award will be presented to the quilt that best captures the "Circles and Wheels on the Byway" theme.   "Circles and Wheels is a perfect theme because of the obvious connection to traveling the 518-miles Great Lakes Seaway Trail byway," says Seaway Trail Foundation President and CEO Teresa Mitchell. "The quilts and wallhangings at the 2010 show will create visual images to prompt awareness of the byway and the broader international travel experience to which the Great Lakes Seaway Trail belongs."   Quilting is a cultural and heritage travel theme for the Great Lakes Seaway Trail that is the 518-mile America's Byway offering a unique American travel experience along the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara River and Lake Erie shorelines of New York and Pennsylvania.   The show also features works by specific regional and well-known quilters. Among those who will display their quilt art at the 2010 Great Lakes Seaway Trail Quilt Show are Norah McMeeking, Dyan Swamp, and Mary Knapp.   McMeeking of California is sending some of her "Bella Bella" mosaic quilts inspired by Italy's marble floors.   Swamp, owner of Dreamcrafters Quilt Shop of the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation at the eastern end of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail byway, will have a complete second-floor exhibit of original works.   Award-winning quilt designer Mary Knapp of Watertown, NY, is making a special series of circle and wheel quilt patterns that will be available on a CD of the 2010 show's quilts. Knapp has also designed Great Lakes Seaway Trail-branded lighthouse quilt patterns.   For those looking to make quilts in 2010, the Fort Drum Chapter of Operation Kid Comfort will have kits and volunteer applications at the Great Lakes Seaway Trail show in March. The program provides kits with fabric printed with family photos for volunteers to make into quilts for the children of military service members.   The Orleans County Country Barn Quilt Trail of Western NY is a co-sponsor of the show. The trail is a 22-mile loop tour off the Great Lakes Seaway Trail to see more than 40 barns painted with hand-painted quilt block patterns. Partyka Farms in Kendall, NY, which developed the tour in 2006, will have a display at the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Quilt Show.   Those interested in submitting quilts for the March 20-21, 2010 Great Lakes Seaway Trail show will find the entry form online at http://www.seawaytrail.com/  or may call 315-646-1000 for details.

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Photo Caption: This Drunkard's Path quilt pattern uses quarter circles in a clever pattern and qualifies as an entry for the 2010 Great Lakes Seaway Trail Quilt Show competition. Jpg is available in high and low res from karalynn@gisco.net   Contact: Teresa Mitchell, Seaway Trail Foundation, 315-646-1000