Splashes of bright colors filled the Stone Center in North Wilkesboro Friday and Saturday as the talents of local quilters were displayed.
It was the 2021 Quilt Show of the Wilkes County Quilters Inc., drawing about 75 quilts with traditional, modern and art designs.
The annual show is the largest fundraiser of the Wilkes County Quilters, with proceeds going to purchase fabrics to make charity quilts for babies, children and veterans.
The title of this year’s show was “Quilts: Love Made Visible.” Veteran quilt show judge Lisa Alley of Winston-Salem chose the winners.
Alley is past president and quilt show chairman for Forsyth Piecers & Quilters Guild and the Heart of the Triad Quilt Guild. She also was quilt show chairman for the 2006 N.C. Quilt Symposium and on the N.C. Quilt Symposium Board. She has made over 700 quilts.
Alley awarded ribbons to quilters and their creations in seven categories:
• Best of Show and Best Hand Quilting, JoAnn Nichols, “Springtime;”
• Judge’s Choice, Melissa McGuire, “Cabin Adventure;”
• Most Innovative, Rosalee Reavis, “Beating Heart;”
• Best Use of Color, Laura Reavis, “Twinkling Tree;”
• Best Scrappy Quilt, Becky Ball, “Scrappy On Point;”
• Best Domestic Machine Quilting, Ellen Rhyne, “Blooming in Ghee Ghee’s Love.”
Alley also judged entries in the guild’s Challenge competition, with the theme, “Put A Heart on It.”
Ellen Rhyne took first place with “Response;” Melissa McGuire was second with “Heroes Wear Scrubs,” Rosalee Reavis was third with “Beating Heart;” and Pat Brantley received honorable mention with “Key to Love.”
Rhyne’s “Response” represented the real-life story of a community turning out to support an elderly woman on her birthday. “Heroes Wear Scrubs” was a tribute to medical personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Beating Heart” was a representation of an actual human heart.
Co-chairmen of this year’s show were Lynn Osborne and Theresa Sirman. Osborne said adjustments were made in some features of the show due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event included a “bed turning” of vintage quilts that belong to members of the Wilkes County Quilters Inc., with some quilts over 100 years old.
There was a boutique of dolls, crafts, pillow cases and baskets for sale, all made by members.
Participating vendors were Empty Pockets Alpaca, Sew Blessed Quiltworks, Warren Elledge Woodworking, Mountain Fabrics of Ashe, Yadkin Valley Quilts and The Last Stitch. They offered a wide range of quilting and sewing supplies and more.
Attendees had chances to win raffle prizes, including a quilt made by guild members and a large decorative box of fabric.