Thursday, October 11, 2012

"Quilts Unlimited" opens at View

The 26th annual “Quilts Unlimited” will open at View on Saturday, Oct. 13 and run through Dec. 2. This exhibition is an annual favorite that transforms the galleries into a pleasant plethora of pattern and patchwork. Quilts are hung gallery style and entries include both traditional and eclectic quilts and wall hangings. Other exhibits that will open concurrently include quilts by Mary Knapp, mixed media fiber art by 8 That Create, mosaic tile sculpture by Shelly Hamill, and glass sculpture by Tina Betz.

The opening weekend begins with a preview reception on Friday, Oct. 12, from 5 to 7 pm, and includes music, light refreshments, and a variety of quilt-related raffles. Both on Saturday, from 10 am to 5 pm, and on Sunday, from noon to 4 pm, there will be quilt-related vendors, demonstrations, and workshops at View. At 2 pm on Saturday, the Quilts Unlimited awards ceremony will begin, followed by a fat quarter drawing. Enter an 18”x22” piece of fabric (fat quarter) for a chance to win them all.

The annual Quilting Lecture and Luncheon this year with Mary Knapp begins at 10 am on Saturday. Mary will present “Uniquely You,” an interactive presentation to spark your creativity while providing insights into quilt design and technique. She will provide examples ranging from traditional to innovative; from hand work to machine work, and she will blend all of it together so that the audience can develop it into their own unique style.

Mary Knapp is a retired biology teacher who now teaches quilting and designs patterns. She has earned numerous awards in a variety of quilt shows.  Mary enjoys both piecing and appliqué: machine piecing because of the sharp precision it affords and hand appliqué because of the softness.  She has a new book, “Star Quilts” due to be released by C & T Publishing this fall. Learn more about Mary Knapp at

Vendors and Events
Dyeing to Sew will be displaying and selling hand dyed fabrics and patterns.  Sew Crazy Fabric Shop will also be on hand selling quilt related fabrics and notions.  Three members of 8 That Create will be in attendance on Saturday and Sunday.  Carol Sloan, Liz Kettle, and Jane Davila will all be demonstrating, signing their books, as well as offering workshops; Modern Day Reverse Appliqué with Carol Sloan on Saturday, 3-6 pm; Stampmaking For Quilters with Jane Davila on Sunday, 9am-noon; and Fabric Collage Stories OR Embellish your Story with Liz Kettle on Sunday, 1:30-4:30 pm. Local demonstrators include Annette Eyre – appliqué; Donnie Brownsey – Quilt as you Go; and Sandra White – Binding. On Sunday, Margaret Sykes will be offering a beginners quilting class, Tree Farm Throw, Sunday, 1-4pm.

--Posted by Leslie Bailey, View staff. Pictured: "White Flowers" by Rene Bracken.

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