Local artists featured at quilt show, bazaar

For 27 years, the Soldotna Senior Center has held a Summer Bazaar Bake Sale in conjunction with Soldotna’s Progress Days. This year, the center has invited Pat Reese, owner of Robin’s Place Fabrics, to feature a quilt show along with the center’s festivities.


The bazaar, bake sale and quilt show is scheduled held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

“Come to the bazaar and enjoy the quilt show,” said Jan Fena, Soldotna Senior Center’s executive director.

Fena said the center will be filled with crafts from local artisans, as well as tons of jams, jellies and all homemade items, with some sugar-free options.

The center will not offer a congregate meal on Friday, but both days the kitchen will be open with a full menu of food items, including hot wings, new to the menu this year. She said the center’s popular shakes are on the menu this year also.

She said that all sales from the bazaar go to support the center.

“All fund raising efforts go into our services,” she said.

While most of the center will be filled with items for purchase, the colorful quilts in the recreation room and lobby are only on display.

The quilt show is a culmination of local quilters talents. In the past, Reese said she has displayed winning quilts from her large quilt show, Quilting on the Kenai, which she retired in 2012. This year she decided to feature area quilters who love their art.

“We will have lots of diversity,” Reese said. “From traditional to designer originals.”

More than 20 quilts of all sizes will be on display, from miniatures, to bed runners and wall hangings to full-size quilts.

The only non-local quilter featured is Montana resident Judy Niemeyer with her bed runner titled “Witches Brew.”

Reese said she also will feature four trunk shows, which are a group of quilts all by one quilter.

“It is showcasing their talents,” she said. “We have some wonderful quilters here.”

One trunk show will specifically feature miniature quilts by Lily Huebsch.

“This time I wanted to show off her miniatures,” Reese said, adding that the some of the creations had been hand stitched.

One large featured quilt at the show will be “Northern Flora” by Dana Verrengia of Wildfire Design. The quilt is a part of Alaska’s Quilting Shop Hop, an event going on through the year’s end. Participants can stop by Alaska quilt shops, from Fairbanks to Southeast, to purchase quilt blocks to make their own version of “Northern Flora.”

Another quilting event going on through July 31 is the 2013 Kenai River Quilt tour, coordinated by the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce and Robin’s Place Fabrics. Participants get a passport at the Soldotna Chamber or one of the 13 Kenai Peninsula businesses with quilts on display by area artists. Once the passports have been stamped and returned to Robin’s Place Fabrics, participants will be entered to win a prize package from the 13 vendors.


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