The Macon County Quilt Trail will hold its first annual “Airing of the Quilts” on May 7, Mother’s Day weekend. Downtown merchants and Quilt Trail block owners have been asked to “air” quilts on the weekend of the event by hanging them on porches, benches, fences or other visible locations outside.
Deb Heatherly, owner of Deb’s Cats & Quilts, explained that the airing of quilts and bed linings done traditionally during spring cleanings has recently been given new significance in several small communities around the country which now hold festival-type events for the colorful quilt airings. The largest airing of the quilts festival takes place in Sisters, Ore., each July. In 2010, the Sisters festival celebrated its 35th year, attracting more than 26,000 visitors.