Sackets Harbor, N.Y. - Award-winning quilt maker Mary Knapp of Watertown, NY, has been designing with the Great Lakes Seaway Trail byway in mind again. A quilt with Knapp's six new quilt block patterns will be on display at the March 20-21, 2010 Great Lakes Seaway Trail Quilt Show & Challenge at the Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor, NY. The patterns fit the show's 2010 Circles and Wheels theme and will be available on the first-ever Great Lakes Seaway Trail Quilt Show CD. Knapp's wall hanging with the "Captain's Wheel," "Pinwheel," "Wagon Wheel," "Up in the Air," "Big Wheel," and "Life Saver" will be on display at the show. The patterns for the six designs will be included on a CD with photos of the show's display-only and competition quilts. Sales of the CD will benefit the nonprofit Seaway Trail Foundation. Knapp's patterns represent the Great Lakes Seaway Trail travel themes of sailing, boating, agricultural bounty, water recreation, and aviation history (one of the byway's attractions is the Niagara Aerospace Museum in Niagara Falls, once home of the world's largest aircraft plant and an aircraft and aerospace industry center). The 2010 edition is the 10th annual Great Lakes Seaway Trail Quilt Show. Quilters may submit work for display-only or for Viewer's Choice voting 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. The show entry form is online at www.seawaytrail.com. Knapp's first commercially-sold designs feature Great Lakes Seaway Trail historic lighthouses in quilt patterns and on note cards. Visitors to the 2008 show received a free copy of Knapp's design of a birding theme quilt block pattern. Knapp is a retired Watertown High School biology teacher and president of the North Country Quilt Guild. Her quilts have won awards at such prestigious shows as the Vermont Quilt Festival, the American Quilters Society Quilt Show in Paducah, Kentucky, and the Schweinfurth Memorial Art Gallery Show in Auburn, NY, just south of the Great Lakes Seaway Trail byway. Knapp says, "I enjoy the opportunity to collaborate with the Great Lakes Seaway Trail to create patterns that tell the story of the fabulous natural, recreational and cultural resources of the byway region and are patterns that quilters can easily adapt with colors and fabrics to their personal stories of exploration." Other featured quilters at the Great Lakes Seaway Trail show include Bella Bella Quilts author Norah McMeeking of California and Dyan Swamp of Dreamcrafters Quilt Shop of the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation in Hogansburg, NY. Quilting demonstrators, vendors, and the Fort Drum Chapter of Operation Kid Comfort project that makes quilts for military families are also show participants. The Orleans County Country Barn Quilt Trail of Western NY, a 22-mile loop tour off the Great Lakes Seaway Trail byway with more than 40 barns with hand-painted quilt block patterns, is a co-sponsor of the show. Call 315-646-1000 for more information.
###Photo Caption: Award-winning quilter and designer Mary Knapp has designed six new quilt patterns, including this pinwheel, that will debut at the March 20-21, 2010 Great Lakes Seaway Trail Show in Sackets Harbor, NY. Contact: Teresa Mitchell, 315-646-1000