More than 125 quilts in weekend showcase

Experts to be on hand to demonstrate techniques, explain patterns

Posted: Thursday, March 07, 2002

There's more than quilts at Quilt 2002.

"We'll have traditional styles, holiday-themed quilts, contemporary, miniature quilts," said Joanne Wilder, one of the show's organizers. "We'll also display nonjudged items like wearable art and tote bags, table runners, things that aren't quilts or wall hangings, but that people want to show."

More than 125 quilts will transform a ballroom at Centennial Hall into Juneau's largest art gallery this weekend at Quilt 2002, a showcase of work by members of the Capital City Quilters. The annual event is a celebration of quilting and includes demonstrations and a silent auction for 30 small quilts. Quilters will be on hand Saturday and Sunday to share their expertise and to explain their patterns, techniques and motivations.

Quilter Mary Kay Palmateer's demonstration of contemporary quilting techniques last year was a revelation for some of the 1,500 people who attended the show.

"We get a really great response from people who are fascinated that this craft has continued," she said. "For some, it's the first they've ever seen quilting."

As a craft, quilting has benefited tremendously from modern technology. Palmateer said tools such as the rotary cutter help to speed cutting, and devices such as the patchwork foot on sewing machines makes piecing fast, neat and consistent.

Palmateer has created a wall hanging quilt with an Americana theme for the show. It features a block pattern called New York Beauty, and includes appliqus of the Lady Liberty, Uncle Sam, Paul Revere and an American eagle.

Wilder, who worked with Cindy Moore and Palmateer to organize Quilt 2002, said the Capital City Quilters are bringing in outside judges for the show, and Saturday visitors are invited to vote for a People's Choice award. A quilt also will be given away as a door prize.

The Capital City Quilters formed in 1984. The group organized its first show that year in an empty storefront in the Nugget Mall. Wilder said over the years the show has grown and organizers have fine-tuned the event, adjusting the categories and judging while continuing to emphasize the showcase aspect.

Quilt 2002 runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Money raised in the silent auction pays for the show, so admission is free.

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