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Hood River woman wins panoramic Harvest quilt

Jean Harmon and the 2012 Harvest Festival quilt, a virtual panorama of scenes and landmarks of Hood River County and the Gorge,

Jean Harmon and the 2012 Harvest Festival quilt, a virtual panorama of scenes and landmarks of Hood River County and the Gorge, Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea.

Longtime Hood River resident Jean Harmon won this year’s Harvest Quilt, organized by the Friends of ETC and benefiting the Soroptimists.

Harmon, who helped sell tickets, received the quilt after her name was drawn Harvest Fest weekend.

The Harvest Quilt is an annual competition. Quilters pick up the year’s chosen fabrics at ETC in the spring and create a block (or more) to be judged by the public at Blossom Festival in April.

The 30 blocks with the most votes get sewn into the quilt, which is created in early summer and displayed between July and October, with the drawing happening during Harvest Festival weekend

Elaine Kirby put the quilt together, and Janine Scott did the machine quilting.

Tickets were sold between June and October at every venue possible, said Harmon, including First Friday and the Fourth of July events.

The Soroptimists will use the $3,000 raised to grant two $1,500 Women’s Opportunity Awards. Women chosen are heads of household trying to improve their situation.

ETC already has next year’s fabrics available for those wanting to get a head start on creating blocks, said Harmon.

Those with blocks on this year’s quilt are: Kathy Anderson, Joanne Cochran, Laurie Fadness, Diana Jewell, Elaine Kirby, Sue Lambert, Anne Marie Levens, Sue Moore, Marie Pickering, Faye Ronk, Janine Scott, Jean Stone, Marietta Woody, Ann Zuehlke and Carol Cochran.

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