One of the early competitions for the 2022 International Plowing Match to be held on the former Kemptville College Campus the week of September 20 to 24 is the IPM Quilt Block Challenge. Quilters and sewers are encouraged to participate by purchasing a kit and creating a quilt block. Finished blocks must be received by November 19, 2021 so the deadline is fast approaching.
If you haven’t already purchased a kit, there may be time to do so. Each kit costs $12 and contains four squares of cotton, contest rules and entry form. Kits may still be available at Kemptville Fabrics or Quilters Barn and Gifts in Russell. Don’t miss the chance to win first, second or third prize in the amounts of $100, $75, or $50. Winners will be announced by December 24, 2021. The theme of the block is “Home on the Farm: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”. The finished blocks will be made into two quilts, one to be presented to the Queen of the Furrow and the other will be raffled off to some lucky winner.
The International Plowing Match (IPM) is held annually in Ontario, except for the past two years on account of the pandemic. It is North America’s largest outdoor agricultural and rural expo and can attract over 80,000 visitors over the five-day event. The IPM is organized and run by a local volunteer committee and the Ontario Plowman’s Association. One of the feature tents at the plowing match will be the IPM Lifestyle Tent which will include an area of interest to quilters and quilt enthusiasts where submitted quilts, and demonstrations can be viewed, as well, there will be an area where vendors can show and sell their wares.
As a lead in to the quilt area at the Lifestyle Tent, a quilt show will be held on August 19 and 20 at the W.B. George Centre in Kemptville. The “Home on the Farm Quilt Show” will present quilts from different categories that have been judged, there will also be demonstrations, a vendors mall and a tea room.
The 2022 IPM website is www.plowingmatch.org, and over the course of the coming weeks and months more information will be posted as it becomes available.