Artworks hosts free quilt show for community members

QUILTERS: The Kreative Kamp Quilters stand inside the room at Artworks where their quilts are displayed for community members to see. Pictured are Vel Hein, Linda Benson, Darlene Dargitz and Pat Little. (Courtesy photo)

QUILTERS: The Kreative Kamp Quilters stand inside the room at Artworks where their quilts are displayed for community members to see. Pictured are Vel Hein, Linda Benson, Darlene Dargitz and Pat Little. (Courtesy photo)

BIG RAPIDS — Wrapping up in a warm quilt can be comforting, but it can also bring back memories.

Quilts from seven members of Kreative Kamp Quilters based, out of Remus, are currently displayed at Artworks in an exhibit titled “Windmills of Life.”

A reception for the “Windmills of Life” quilt show will take place from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 6 at Artworks.

A year ago, the members of the Kreative Kamp Quilters were challenged to create a quilt following six guidelines, as well as incorporating windmills and a windmill pattern.

The guidelines included:

1. Using the “challenge fabric,” which is a piece of fabric that each quilter must use in their project in any way on the quilt.

2.  Including two blocks designed by the quilt maker – one showing the first house they can remember living in and the other showing the first school they remember attending.

3. The blades or the background on the windmills are to depict life interests–i.e. quilting, music, travel, family, etc.

4. The blocks are of different sizes and a challenge is to put them together. The quilt designer may change the size of any of the blocks, but may not make all of the blocks the same size. The patterns must be followed and pieces of the block not changed to create a different block.

5. There is not a size requirement for the quilt except participants need to make all of the blocks.

6. For the exhibit, quilters will complete a form or write a narrative describing how their life interests are incorporated or represented in the quilt.

“The quilts all describe the person who designed them. When you look at the quilt, you will know something about that person,” said Pat Little, member of Kreative Kamp Quilters. “Each of the quilts tell a story. They are just a way to spread the love a little further.”

Little has been creating quilts for close to 50 years and her passion for the craft continues to shine through in each of her projects.

“My grandmothers were really my inspiration to create quilts,” Little said. “It takes a lot of thought and work and it’s hard to do. That is why it is an art. I have never seen two quilts that were the same.”

“We all followed the same guidelines, but each quilt turns out differently,” Little said. “The uniqueness makes them each a piece of art.”

Guests will have the opportunity to meet the artists as well as learn about their work.

“I never thought of quilting as a way of telling a story,” said Lynne Scheible, Artworks executive director. “We really appreciate the artists who chose to share their collection with us. It provides opportunity for the community to see the work of local artists.”

The show is also open to the public at Artworks through Monday, June 15.

For more information, call Artworks at (231) 796-2420.

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