The Richmond Register

July 21, 2013

Quilt Extravaganza - Community members invited to exhibit new work


Register Staff Report

MADISON COUNTY — The Berea Arts Council celebrates Appalachian quilting tradition with its ninth annual Quilt Extravaganza scheduled Aug. 2-3 in Berea Community School’s Conkin gymnasium.

In addition to quilt work from individuals, the show includes special exhibits and challenge quilts.

The Vendors Market will offer fabric, patterns, notions, and the latest sewing and quilting machines.

Visitors may participate in painting a square for a barn quilt that will be hung on the Churchill Company building off Lorraine Court (formerly Churchill Weavers).

Carol Ann White, known as the Quilt Doctor, also will have a booth for free consultations on quilt repair and care. Admission is $3. Children under 12 are free.

Because of the popularity of the Community Quilt Show, individual submissions this year are limited to items which have not been displayed during the past five shows.

“This area has a rich history of quilting. We hope to see an even broader display of quilts, both old and new this year,” said Gwen Childs, BAC director.

The Community Quilt Show is open to the public during Quilt Extravaganza. Visitors will receive a ballot to vote on their favorite quilt in the show. The winning owner of the View’s Choice will receive $200.

“Road Trip” is this year’s challenge theme for the Berea Depot Quilters. Members of the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society will offer art quilts based on colors in a “A New Box of Crayons.”

Special exhibits include works by Virginia Piland and Ozella Gilbert and antique quilts from Judy Rector’s collection. Now 90 years old and well-known for her unique work, Virginia Piland creates her own designs and hand quilts art messages. While Ozella Gilbert started out as a traditional quilter, she branched out to create small art quilts, using various forms of needlework to embellish the designs. Judy Rector is a local expert on the history of quilts and quilting. She will display quilts made in the 19th and 20th centuries.

For details, call 985-9317 or visit www.bereaartscouncil.org.