Quilt block replaces chopping block in Fruita
I’m not looking to egg anyone on, but here’s a quilting activity that might help you secure a high spot in the pecking order: the 2010 Quilt Block Chicken Challenge.
If you’ve lived in these parts any length of time at all, you’ve likely heard about the Mike the Headless Chicken Festival in Fruita. The town turned a rather macabre tale into a celebration, going so far as to erect a statute in his honor on the main drag (actually Aspen Avenue).
Seems that back in 1945, a Fruita farmer’s ax missed the jugular vein in the young rooster’s neck, allowing Mike to remain alive after being decapitated.
The fowl became famous for avoiding the dinner table, and his owners capitalized on this strange phenomenon through magazine stories and publicity tours for 18 months.
Sadly, the bird finally choked and couldn’t be resuscitated.
But to this day, the folks in Fruita throw an annual party to commemorate Mike’s pluckiness.
This year, the Fruita Arts and Culture Board has issued a chicken challenge to quilters and will give a $200 best of show prize to the best block.
Here’s how to enter:
Fabrics, fibers and embellishments are restricted only by the artist’s imagination.
Blocks may be produced by hand or machine; they must be 9.5-inches square with a 1/4-inch seam allowance.
Pin or use a sticky label to identify your block. Enter your name, contact number, e-mail and mailing address. (Do not use scotch tape as it tends to ruin the fabric.)
Each entry will be matted for display with your name on the mat during Mike the Headless Chicken Festival, scheduled May 14–15 in Fruita.
After a display, the blocks will be assembled into a quilt to be auctioned during the festival in 2011.
Proceeds will go toward ongoing efforts to promote, support and encourage art and culture opportunities in Fruita.
All block entries must be received by May 6.
Submit them to YOCOM, 142 N. Maple St., Fruita, CO 81521 or any arts and culture board member.
If you prefer to have your block returned rather than included in a quilt, indicate “display only” on the entry. It will not qualify for a cash prize.
Yocom says the arts and culture group decided this would be a good year to get fiber artists involved.
“You can enter as many blocks as you want,” she says.
Sounds like fun, don’t you think? Ol’ Mike may have lost his top, but you could end up with something to crow about.
E-mail Sherida.Warner@ gjsentinel.com.