The Art of the Quilt show returns for its third year to the Pierce County Gig Harbor Library.
The exhibit will be on display now through early December and features more than 40 quilts, plus fiber work, created by members of the local art quilt group, STITCH.
“The event is hugely popular,” librarian Adam Jackman said. “We’re so lucky to have it.”
The event draws out-own-town visitors every year.
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STITCH is a private art quilting group created by Sherrie Spangler in 2012 after she moved to Gig Harbor from Illinois. This is the group’s third year showing its quilts at the library.
“It’s hard to explain what an art quilt is,” Spangler said, adding that she’s often met with confusion when she tries to explain her craft. “We wanted to get the word out to the community.”
Art quilts, unlike sturdy traditional quilts designed for sleeping and multiple washings, are delicate works of art meant for display. They lack the center layer of batting that gives warmth to traditional quilts and the focus instead is on the design and construction of the top layer.
“We take our (quilts) to a different level, which lets us move outside the constraints of traditional quilting.” Spangler said.
STITCH members will try a multitude of techniques to gain their desired effects.
“A lot of us go for texture,” she said.
The most popular aspect of the library display, according to Jackman, are the 22-by-33-inch “Challenge Quilts” that hang above the Help Desk at the entrance to the library.
The Challenge Quilts are an internal competition among members of STITCH to see the variety of quilts that they can create within such a limited space.
“We just wanted to see how many different directions we would all go in,” Spangler said of the 11 quilts in this year’s challenge.
STITCH will present a lecture and trunk show, “Art Quilt Techniques,” to demonstrate their favorite quilting techniques and offer examples to fellow quilters and interested non-quilters.
The event will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday (Oct. 10) at the Gig Harbor Library, 4424 Point Fosdick Drive NW.