Quilt Challenge ‘Release[s] the Spirit Within’ Local Artists

Posted: Wednesday, March 08, 2006


  Chelline Laresen, and Pam Joslin hold up the winning quilt. Photo By Joleen Huffmon

Chelline Laresen, and Pam Joslin hold up the winning quilt.

Photo By Joleen Huffmon

The excitement of the Arctic Winter Games coming to the Kenai Peninsula wove an idea for local resident, Pat Reese, owner of Robin’s Fabrics. Caught up in the enthusiasm, she asked an official if it would be possible to have a Games Quilt Challenge with an original design that depicted the Games’ slogan.

Reese and the official agreed this would be a great way to promote the games, and to show off some of the talents of the community. And with that, 13 local quilters began sewing, collecting materials and creating masterpieces.

The Quilt Challenge qualifications were: quilts had to be an original design, be within a 54”x 54” limit, and promote the Games theme, “Release the Spirit Within.”

“This is the largest project that I have ever worked on,” said Chelline Larsen, and was the first quilt she ever submitted to a challenge. She was ecstatic when learning she won first place, along with $700. Her quilt was 44”x 54” and was made from hand-painted silk.

“The ravens surrounding the woman symbolize releasing the spirit within,” said Larsen, when asked to explain her original design.

Larson spent approximately 40 hours of work on the beads and stitching took another month to complete. Now, the quilt will be hung at the Aspen Hotel through the rest of the Arctic Winter Games.

Second place and $500 went to Lily Huebsch while Pam Joslin took third place and $300. “Robin’s Fabrics” provided the prize money for the winning entries.

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