Lila Krohn of Soldotna now has the distinction of being a national champion art quilter. Some 600 quilts, wall hangings, and wearable pieces of art were recently entered at the Pacific Northwest Quilt Fest in Seattle, by quilters from Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Northwest Territory, British Colombia, and Yukon Territory.
From the 600 entries, 224 pieces were selected for the national competition that is held every two years. Krohn's latest creation called, "Man, Woman & Life," was awarded first place honors in Wearables at the Quilt Fest last month.
"I was thrilled to even learn that my outfit had been selected for the show, and when they called to tell me that I had won it was even more exciting," said Lila. For taking the first place award at the Quilt Fest Krohn received $300 cash and an equal amount of other sewing merchandise.
Krohn's work is more than just high fashion apparel, but as in other mediums of art expresses a story, "The idea started with a pin that I had seen. Then I learned that in the orient the sleeves for a man's formal attire are always straight cut and the woman's are rounded, so I designed the one sleeve square for man and the other rounded for woman. The designs are masculine and square on the one side and feminine and rounded on the other," explained Krohn.
The other designs on the piece symbolize the paths of our lives, the mountains we climb, the circles we sometimes find ourselves walking in, and the offspring of man and woman.
Krohn started sewing as a young girl in 4-H, and kept up the skill most of her life, then some seventeen years ago she began quilting bed covers and wall hangings, "I got bored with doing just patterns the way they were and I decided that I had enough wall hangings and bed covers and that I would try doing some wearables. It was interesting because at that time about ten years ago not many people here on the Kenai were into doing wearables, and I just kept getting more and more intrigued with it," said Lila.
Krohn is presently working on a piece for the Ketchikan art show that had to be fashioned after a card, she drew the Eight of Hearts, so she is creating a jacket of red hearts to match the card.
Lila Krohn's works can be seen at the Birch Tree Gallery in Soldotna, where some of her pieces are on consignment.
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