Encountering Quilts of Every Shape, Size and Design

May 12, 2017


by Len Lathrop

It was the 28th Annual Quilt Show sponsored by the Hannah Dustin Quilters Guild.  Expecting that Friday afternoon would be a slower time at the event was wrong as a multitude of people were looking at the 117 quilts on display.

The co-chairwomen of this year’s show were Linda Simmons and Karen Gilbert.  Leading the way through the rows of quilts, Gilbert pointed out some of the show’s award winners and spoke of the uniqueness of the many quilts.

The first stop was M-213, called “Hillside Houses,” where Janice Kagenski used different pastel colors to cover her quilt in various houses shaped with different colored roof lines.  Gilbert pointed out the unique stitching; the picture was enlarged so you could see the stitching with the circles and waves.  As you can see, this quilt was recognized with three awards from this show and was one of four entered by this artist.

Traveling to the back of the Community Center brought visitors to a large quilt hanging against the wall; its number is L-341 and titled by the artist “Early October Morning by Swift Brook.”  Carol Sullivan had four pieces in this show.  Show Chairman/tour guide Karen Gilbert pointed to this piece with its two ribbons, noting the leaves were all different sizes and shapes and of various materials coming together, appearing as if they were tumbled on to the background, not placed.  But, as quilters know, each one had indeed been meticulously placed, as was the background of varying shapes and hues.

It was a sweltering April 28, and, if you remember, the question that day was what had happened to spring.  The temperature that afternoon had soared to somewhere around 80, so not stopping by a quilt that was adorned with spring flowers and colors became impossible.  This light blue- and yellow-based quilt made by Joanne McClure, aptly named “Floral Breeze,” was in the large quilt category labeled L-316.

L-321 had a patriotic theme with a large eagle in the middle of the quilt and so, not surprisingly was called the “Eagle.”  It was one of seven quilts that artist Betty Goldstein has in the show.  The alternating border of different colored stars with the same red square in the center made it a very powerful piece.