The art of quilt making is a talent shared by the 47 members of the Lake Norman Quilters Guild, and President Jean Langdon gathered with them recently to plan for the biennial quilt show Aug. 14-15.
The colors, designs and the names given to a quilt and the magic of the artist draw the crowds. This year’s show will include quilts with names like “Dancing in the Moonlight,” “Tropical Cabin,” “Splendid Hues,” “Oh My Stars,” “Marmalade” and “Cori’s Graduation Quilt.”
Lyric Kinard, the 2011 International Association of Professional Quilters Teacher of the Year will be the guest artist and will give demonstrations on both days. Kinard, of Cary, is the author of the book “Art + Quilt: Design Principles and Creativity Exercises.”
She also has written extensively for Quilting Arts Magazine, appeared on Quilting Arts TV, and has two DVD Workshops, “Surface Design Sampler Platter” and “Bead It Like You Mean It.”
There are 202 quilts created by 35 quilters registered for this year’s show, and guild members expect about 500 to 600 people to attend.
Judy Whitehead and Barbara Barrier are co-chairwomen of this year’s quilt show. “We have everything for sale from table runners at $25 to king-sized (quilts) at $600,” Whitehead said. “There is also a gift shop that the guild runs.”
Barrier presented a challenge for the show: the Log Cabin Challenge. The challenge gives quilters free rein to create whatever type of log cabin quilt they want to make. “It can include other design elements such as applique or other piecework, but must be recognizable as based on the traditional Log Cabin quilt block,” Whitehead said.
Many people come to see which quilts won the ribbons awarded by the judges two days before the show. The guild hires two judges. The name of the quilt and the quilter is hidden from the judges during competition. First-, second-, third-place and honorable mention ribbons are awarded in the several categories.
Specialty ribbons are also awarded for Best of Show, Judges Choice (each judge awards this, so there will be two ribbons), Best Machine Quilting by Owner, Best Machine Quilting Paid for Services, Best Hand Work, Best Use of Color, and Best Use of Embellishments.
At the show, raffle tickets ($1 each or six for $5) will be sold for a quilt on display that was pieced, quilted and bound by guild members. Its pattern is “Back to Nature” by Wing and a Prayer Design LLC. The drawing for the quilt will be held in December at the Guild’s annual Christmas dinner.
Guild member Laurie Jasany, who won nine ribbons in the 2013 Quilt Show, has been teaching her daughter, Diana Jasany, 15, to quilt.
For her Girl Scout Gold Award Project, Diana wanted to raise community awareness about foster care and making quilts for teens who have aged out of foster care, so she created a Facebook page called Diana’s Golden Needle.
Her project is receiving national attention. The word quilt\ conjures up images of coziness, comfort and art. Diana summed up the coziness of a quilt when she said, “A quilt is not a quilt until it’s been washed and has all that yummy, crinkly warmth.”
Suzanne Ruff is a freelance writer: email@example.com.
Want to go?
The Lake Norman Quilters Quilt Show will be held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug 14-15 at the Talbert Recreation Center, 210 Talbert Pointe Drive, Mooresville. Admission is $5; coupons for $1 off admission are available at quilting stores.