Quilters’ Guild presents ‘Persistence of Pattern’

This month, visit the Gallery at the Park in Richland to view featured quilts and three-dimensional fiber arts brought to us by the Tri-City Quilters’ Guild. For the last 30 years, the Quilters’ Guild has presented an annual quilt show, and the show for 2018 is called “Persistence of Pattern.”

The featured quilts include bed quilts, artistic wall hangings and miniature quilts. They range from the simple — traditional quilts you’ll want for your bed or sofa — to the intricate, including wall hangings with beautiful beading and painting.

Ever since its origination in 1982, the Tri-City Quilters’ Guild has been dedicated to promoting the art of quilting through education and fellowship. Guild members participate in monthly meetings, friendship groups, community service sewing days and many other activities. Learn more about the guild by visiting their website at tcquilters.org.

The gallery exhibition also includes the Quilters’ Guild’s 2018 raffle quilt. Every year, the Guild raffles a quilt made by local members, and the proceeds from raffle ticket sales go toward fabric and other materials used to make community service quilts for local service agencies.

This year’s raffle quilt, “Falling into Place,” is a beautiful and unusual quilt that features five cascading Bali Wedding Star blocks. “Falling into Place” was pieced together a few years ago by Aicha Bourouh, Carol Capelle, Jane Frank, Jerrine Kirsch, Andrea Melius, Patty Morehouse and Darlene Smith. Though its original purpose was to be the back of a different quilt, the two pieces did not work together.

Ginny Hildreth took the opportunity to long-arm the orphaned back as its own quilt. She won several awards for her machine quilting, including third place for bed quilts at the 2015 Home Machine Quilting Show.

“Falling into Place” was quilted with wool batting, and it measures 105 inches by 91 inches. Visitors of the Gallery at the Park may purchase raffle tickets for $1 throughout the duration of the quilt show. The drawing will be held on March 24 at the Tri-City Quilters’ Guild’s show at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick.

The quilt show will be on display at the Gallery at the Park from Jan. 2 to Jan. 26, and the artist reception will be held on Jan. 7 at 1 p.m. at the gallery.

Upcoming workshops

On Feb. 17 from noon to 3 p.m., Carol Betker will hold a workshop on oil and acrylic painting. Participants will learn an easy approach to a loose style of painting with pure color. The fee for the class is $50 for Allied Arts members and $55 for nonmembers. Stop by the gallery for a supply list.

Lisa Day will hold a two-day mosaic design class on March 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and March 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. The fee is $80 for members and $85 for nonmembers, plus $5 extra for a bowling ball. Day will provide most of the necessary supplies, so the supply list is short.

The Gallery at the Park is open from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays at 89 Lee Boulevard near the entrance to Howard Amon Park in Richland. Visit online at galleryatthepark.org.

View the archived January 2018 issue of The Entertainer

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I am a Seattle University alumna with a bachelor’s degree in communication studies. In 2016, I worked as a publications intern for the Seattle International Film Festival, where I wrote film descriptions that appeared on the SIFF website and in the catalog handed out at the Festival. Currently, I write monthly articles about the Gallery at the Park in The Entertainer, an entertainment newspaper for the Mid-Columbia area. I am also a freelance web designer with experience in HTML and CSS coding and in graphic design.