Quilting on the Kenai

Posted: Thursday, June 13, 2002

For the eighth annual Quilting on the Kenai show, the theme is come one, come all, whether you're a quilter or not.

This year's show, held June 20 through June 22 at Cook Inlet Academy on Kalifornsky Beach Road, includes elements and activities of interest to a wide cross section of the community.

"Every year we try to add something new to enhance (the show)," said Pat Reese, organizer of the event and owner of Robin Place Fabrics in Soldotna.

There will be trunk shows from Australian Quilts and the 2001 Hoffman Challenge on display, dolls to view, quilts to purchase, vendors, a door prize for a new Pfaff Sewing Machine and lectures and demonstrations on a wide variety of topics, from computer technology and sewing machines to color and pattern selection in fabrics.

A catered fashion show of wearable art garments will be at 7:30 p.m. June 22. The show will include garments from the 2001 Hoffman Challenge, guest instructor Diane Ericson and area quilters.

"It's a place where people can find nice pieces and quilts for sale," Reese said. "Even if you don't quilt, you can come and purchase something beautiful to take home that's original."

Reese began Quilting on the Kenai when she was approached by area quilters who wanted to put on a community quilting show.

"I wanted to make a nice event in the community to show off the quilters and creativity we have," she said. "I tried to make it a peninsula event."

The show has increased considerably in size and content from its inception eight years ago. The first few shows drew mainly area residents and did not require a large facility. Now the show draws around 1,500 people from around Alaska and visitors from other states.

"Now it's become more well known," Reese said. "People return every year who look forward to it. It's gotten a really good response and has built a reputation for itself."

In the past, guest instructors appealed mainly to people interested in wearable arts but Ericson's classes will be of interest to anyone who does design work, Reese said, whether it's pottery, beading, stamping, sewing, quilting or stencils.

Ericson's classes are as follows:

"Playing the Edges: Expanding Your Creativity" -- Lecture and trunk show where Ericson will share her latest design ideas, fitting information, designer details and construction tips. June 21, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

"Contemporary Surface Design with Stencils" -- Hands-on class where participants will learn to create a variety of soft printed effects on fabrics. The class will cover how to print using stencils as a contemporary and versatile design tool and how to design and cut stencils. A $7 materials fee will provide some needed materials. Participants also shouldbring assorted fabrics to print on, stencils and a garment piece to stencil. June 21, 3 to 6 p.m.

"Designer Detail Play" -- Hands-on class where participants will make samples of some of the best techniques for personalizing their sewing, including shaped seams, insets and edge accents for sleeves, pockets, collars, hems and more. Participants should bring a ReVisions pattern, scratch paper or pattern paper, a collection of fabrics for a potential project, a small collection of fabrics for technique samples, a basic sewing kit, cording, ribbons, journal, pen, tape and scissors. June 22, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Quilting on the Kenai will be open June 20 and June 21 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and June 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The admission price is $5 for the quilt show and $7 for the fashion show. For more information, call Robin Place Fabrics at 262-5438.

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