Cook Inlet Academy's gymnasium took on the appearance of an art museum. It was the 8th Annual "Quilting on the Kenai" show sponsored by Robin Place Fabrics in Soldotna. The wearable art, quilted dolls, and variety of pieces on display truly rivaled shows anywhere in the nation.
The event drew over 1,000 visitors and quilters from all over the country. One woman traveled all the way from Wisconsin when she heard that work by Diane Erickson was going to be on display.
For the first time this year the show featured the intricate hand work of the Hoffman Challenge doll display and a catered fashion show of wearable art and garments that was so elegant it could have been a black tie only affair.
"It's been an inspiration for me and a dream really. Each year we've added something new, and I had a lot of wonderful help this year," said the shows originator and curator Pat Reese. Many of the pieces in this year's show followed a patriotic theme and perhaps the most moving was an original quilt, by Samantha Cummingham, from Homer, depicting the attack and destruction of the Twin Towers in New York City, "It's a remarkable piece of work," said a visitor to the show, "But I just can't look at it for very long, it evokes to many emotions. It'll need to hang in a museum some day so that we'll never forget. I'm very grateful that she did the piece, I'm sure it was very difficult for her too."
Winning the grand prize of a Pfaff sewing machine donated by J&H Sewing and Vacuum, of Soldotna, was Sharon Stroud of Pittsburgh, California. Plans for next year's show are already under way according Pat Reese who says they intend to feature the works of nationally renowned quilting artists Rachel Clark and Lynda McGeehee.
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