SPRINGVILLE Consider the quilt as a repository of memories.
Kathy Calkins incorporated her daughter Lisa's watercolor drawings into a quilt called "Achieving Harmony," which, she wrote in her artist's statement, "reminds me of the process of watching Lisa grow into a wonderful adult."After visiting cathedrals in Venice, Terri Hagler designed "Pavimenti a Venezia," incorporating some of the tile designs. Kent and Pat Larkin made a quilt using the ties he wore as an LDS mission president in Taiwan.
Consider the quilt as an expression of friendship.
"Autumn Waves" is the result of a "shopping trip with my quilt friends. The minute we saw it we knew we needed to make one," wrote Becky Lambert. They each made a variation of the quilt, sharing fabric and ideas."Day & Night" was created by Roberta Boyce after a friend gave her floral fabric belonging to the friend's mother, who had died.
Consider the quilt as an instrument of therapy.
Julyn Watkins was recovering from foot surgery in St. George when she started her "Sunflower Patch."After Louise Price's husband died, "Roads to the Garden" became "part of my grief process. I pieced when I was unable to sleep."
Consider the quilt as a sermonette.
Leanne Kuhlmann's "A Change of Heart" features the butterflies she sees as a symbol of change and God's blessings.Lisa Brothman's "Color Barriers" incorporates an unusual blending of colors and threads. "Any thoughts of societal comparisons are intentional and welcome," she wrote.
Consider quilts all this and more.
But at the 34th annual Quilt Show at the Springville Museum of Art, above all, consider quilts works of art.
"This year's show has outstanding variety and unbelievable workmanship," says Virgil Jacobsen, curator of education at the museum and co-curator of the show. "It's humbling to consider the hundreds of hours and the thousands of stitches that have gone into these quilts."
Francine Berrett, co-curator of the show and board member of the Utah Valley Quilt Guild, which helps sponsor it, agrees. "I've been helping with this show for four years, and every year is so different. But the quality just gets better and better."
The show features some 98 quilts, filling about nine different galleries. In addition, there is a one-woman show featuring the art quilts of Jinny Lee Snow, and an exhibit honoring Utah Valley Quilt Guild members."The quilt show always rivals the Spring Salon for numbers of guest," says Jacobsen, "and it draws a wonderful cross-section of people those interested in art as well as those interested in quilts. A lot of visitors even come from out of state."
Judges for this year's show were impressed by both the work and the diversity. "They are all such talented women," says Paula McKinley. "The quilts are all artistic, but they also have wonderful craftsmanship."
The quilts cover the gamut as to size (from tiny wall-hangings to bed-size coverings), technique (hand- and machine-quilting), design (traditional patterns and original creations), color schemes (from pastels to bold splashes) and subject matter (everything from whimsey to florals to geometrics and patriotism)."There's such variety," adds judge Jody Jorgensen. "It's so interesting to see what any one person is attracted to."
Joylyn Cluny, for example, was inspired by an old German tradition in her "Christmas Pickle" quilt.
Judy Fitzgerald wanted to honor the memory of her husband's Danish great-grandmother with her "Memories of Minnie," featuring a Burgoyne Surrounded in Nine Patch Variations quilt.
Helen Butler was inspired by peonies for her "Red Charm," a quilt that was four years in the making.
Sandra Starley loves word play and challenges, as is evident in her "What's Black and White, and Red All Over?" quilt.
Janet L. Carpenter's family has raised snakes, so she felt it a natural to incorporate them into her "Snake Eye's" piece.
RoLayne Jensen wanted to honor all those who have served our country in her "O Say Can You See."Michelle Snow found inspiration in her husband's work with solar power in "Solar Energy," using a design representing the many angles of a Fresnel lens.
Look at these, and all the others in the Springville show, and just consider what a quilt can be.
If you go
What: 34th annual Quilt Show
Where: Springville Museum of Art, 126 East 400 South, Springville
When: through Sept. 2
Gallery hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.;
Wednesday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.;
Sunday, 3-6 p.m.
Web: www.sma.nebo.eduAlso: "Painted Quilts or Quilted Paintings," one-woman show by Jinny Lee Snow