|Close up of a block from the quilt that won Best of Show. (for details see below)|
Quilting on the Kenai is the a quilt show held every year in June. This year they had a quilt walk and we discovered some fun shops as we traveled from shop to shop getting our Quilt Passports stamped. Each shop had a quilt or piece of fiber art displayed from the quilt show.
We also went to a show entitled "Art Quilts Extra-Ordinaire."
The Exhibit Statement by Mary Kay Johnson said: "Art quilting is a fairly recent outgrowth of traditional quilts which were originally made to keep people warm in their beds. They share with bed quilts the basic construction of a fabric 'sandwich' of a top, batting, and backing held together with stitching of some sort."
It goes on to say: "Some artist created their own fabric design using paint, dye, bleach, and ink. Hand-stitching, machine embroidery, staples, and wires hold the quilt layers together. Artist have added pain, beads, lace, fringe, and thread to embellish the surfaces. Some quilts have a theme and tell a story, others are simple or elaborate designs developed by the quilters."
These are a few of the quilts on display.
By Karen Fogarty for sale at the Art Gallery in Kenai, $190.
|In the Jungles of San Blas by Marilyn Kay Johnson|
|Tile Magic by Anne Louise Gillian|
|Clown Fish by Rachel Gossl|
|Fall Sentinel by Rachel Gossl|
|Garden Party for Bag Ladies by Jan Wallace (No matter how I tried I could not get this one clear due to the light reflection.)|
I took pictures of several of the quilts displayed in the shops during the quilt walk.
|Sunburst I Designed, Pieced, and Quilted by Jacob "Jack" Ross|
|Mrs. Kramden and Sprout Designed, Pieced and Quilted by Alice Krivitsky.|
|Flippant Frogs Designed and Stitched by Anne Louise GIllian|
|Going to Seed Pieced by Kathy Sexton|
Quilted by Lily Huebsch
The quilt show had some beautiful pieces and some that did not win ribbons, but in my opinion should have. I will not say what had ribbons or did not, though in a few pictures you can see the ribbons.
|Machine Embroidered Quilt Made by Enid Keyes|
I could not read the name of the quilter on the picture I took. I love the colors in this one.
|Bed Quilt by Carla Carlisle Quilted by Sharon Hughes|
|Applique Made By Lorraine Roloff Quilted by Cindy Rainey|
|Applique Made By Sue Tonione Quilted by Kathy Sanders|
|This pair was made by Joann Biegel and quilted by Sharon Hughes|
|This is one I thought deserved a ribbon. It was made by Pauline Goecke and quilted by Larry Bravo|
|This one appliqued by Jan Allen and quilted by Cindy Rainey won best of show.|
|I thought this little wall hanging made and quilted by Kathy Bongiovanni was just too cute.|
|The Four Seasons of an Outhouse|
|I really liked this bed quilt by Denise Maloney, which was quilted by Sharon Hughes.|
|This cute red work wall hanging was made and quilted by Barb Hope McKay.|
|This one was made and hand quilted by Flory Loughead. She did beautiful hand quilting as you can see in this closeup.|
We really enjoyed the quilt show and all the shops we stopped in along the quilt walk. I have been a couple of times in the past, but after this year I think I would like to make it a yearly event, and who knows maybe one year I will enter one of my creations.