Quilters share stories, art through their craft
RONAN – Each of the 140 quilts displayed this past weekend in the K. William Harvey Elementary School gym had a story to tell.
Whether it was a tale of a family heirloom quilt passed down from generation to generation, a celebration of past glory days from high school or a story of just sharing time quilting with friends and family, there was much work and care that went into all the flowing, stitched fabric art hanging in this year’s Mission Mountain Quilt Guild Quilt Show.
While not fully affiliated with the Lake County Fair, the event attracts hundreds of visitors every year and has become an annual tradition around fair time.
This year, the show featured a collection of quilts from award-winning quilters Linda Schoon and Rosa Tougas. Both ladies enjoy the creative aspect of quilting.
“I like the creative side,” Tougas said. “Starting something and having it come out nice is a really good feeling.”
The 2018 Mission Mountain Quilt Guild Quilt Show had every imaginable pattern and print, floral and geometric patterns, animals and abstract designs, every color of the rainbow and a few you might never have imagined.
“Traditional quilting is very nice and very well done,” said Tougas. “But it doesn’t have some of the flair you can see now.”
Quilting is no longer a pastime just for grandmothers and ladies sewing circles. Quilting has a modern edge. One that shows off unconventional freedom when it comes to creating unique works of art.
“We have all these new things we can use to make quilts look special,” Tougas noted. “Quilters are taking different fabrics and making works of art with them.”
Ribbons were awarded in 17 categories, including an overall champion.
This year’s overall champion was Terri Duncan with a quilt titled “Reflections.” Sandy Taylor’s quilt titled “Forest Floor” placed second overall and Colleen Fenimore finished third with a piece titled “Dresden Blades.”
Quilt Show Results
King Bed - 1st Barb Smith 2nd Sandy Taylor 3rd Laurie Schmitt
Queen Bed - 1st Terri Duncan 2nd Mary Smith 3rd Kathy Sweat
Full Bed - 1st Debbie Fangsrud 2nd Colleen Fenimore 3rd Sandy Taylor / Deleen Winters
Twin Bed - 1st Jean Tameler 2nd Susan Brown 3rd Lynette Rundell
Large Theme - 1st Colleen Fenimore 2nd Deleen Winters 3rd Deleen Winters
Small Theme - 1st Kay Krantz 2nd Laurie Schmitt 3rd Linda Goldeski
Paper Pieced - 1st Mary Smith 2nd Susan Brown 3rd Bernadette Corum
Applique - 1st Mary Smith 2nd Debbie Thingelstad 3rd Larelda Gingras
Hand Quilt - 1st Ayleen Bain 2nd Shoni Maulding 3rd Cathey Jensen
Seasonal - 1st Mary Smith 2nd Donna Corum 3rd Kay Krantz / Deleen Winters
UFO - 1st Kay Krantz 2nd Deleen Winters 3rd Debbie Fangsrud / Kay Krantz
Large Wall Hanging - 1st Deleen Winters / Kay Krantz 2nd Kay Krantz 3rd Kathy Sweat
Small Wall Hanging - 1st Colleen Fenimore 2nd Mary Smith 3rd Kay Krantz
Baby - 1st Deleen Winters 2nd Donna Corum 3rd Bernadette Corum
Lap/Small Child - 1st Kay Krantz / Rosa Tougas 2nd Kay Krantz 3rd Kathy Sweat
Table Toppers - 1st Kay Krantz 2nd Mary Smith 3rd Kay Krantz
Miscellaneous - 1st Kathy Kent 2nd Linda Schoon 3rd Shoni Maulding
Overall Favorites - 1st Terri Duncan 2nd Sandy Taylor 3rd Colleen Fenimore