The ninth annual Quilt Extravaganza will take place at the Berea Community School on Friday, August 2, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., and Saturday, August 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. In addition to quilt work from individuals, the show includes special exhibits and challenge quilts. Visitors may participate in painting a square for a barn quilt or quilting an item for a charity raffle.
The Vendors Market will offer fabric, patterns, notions and the latest sewing and quilting machines. Carol Ann White, known as the Quilt Doctor, also will have a booth for free consultations on quilt repair and care. Admission is $3. Children under 12 are free.
On Saturday, August 3, Suzi Perron will speak on the growing quilt trail movement during a noon luncheon at the Berea College Alumni Building, at the corner of Scaffold Cane Road and Prospect Street. In her book, Barn Quilts and the American Quilt Trail Movement, Perron explores the growing public arts movement to decorate barns with traditional quilt patterns. Her talk includes slides of barn quilts in the U.S. and Canada. Tickets are $30 and must be ordered by July 26.
Because of the popularity of the Community Quilt Show, individual submissions this year are limited to items that have not been displayed during the past five shows. Arts Council director Gwen Childs explained the change. “This area has a rich history of quilting. We hope to see an even broader display of quilts, both old and new this year.”
“Road Trip” is this year’s challenge theme for the Berea Depot Quilters. Members of the Kentucky Heritage Quilt Society will offer art quilts based on “A New Box of Crayons.”
Special exhibits include works by Virginia Piland and Ozella Gilbert and antique quilts from Judy Rector’s collection. Now 90 and well-known for her unique work, Piland creates her own designs and hand quilts art messages. While Gilbert started out as a traditional quilter, she branched out to create small art quilts using various forms of needlework to embellish the designs. Rector is a local expert on the history of quilts and quilting. She will display quilts made in the 19th and 20tj centuries.
For more information and to order luncheon tickets, contact the Berea Arts Council at 859-985-9317 or visit www.BereaArtsCouncil.org.