CLINTON – Members of the Mississippi Valley Quilters Guild of Davenport discussed their art form with visitors to the River Arts Center in Clinton on Sunday.
The Arts Center, operated by Clinton Art Association, will exhibit the quilts and quilted items through Aug. 4
Quilting is one of many art forms displayed at the Arts Center.
“We have rotating art exhibits about every seven weeks,” Martha Hayes of the Arts Center exhibit committee said Sunday. The Center’s shows offer painting, sculpting, photography and fabric arts among its exhibits.
The artists’ receptions are usually scheduled for the weekend, Hayes said. “Sunday afternoon usually works for us. This is our best day.”
Sister Virginia Krakow looked for ideas for her own projects during Sunday’s reception.
“It relaxes me,” Krakow said. “That’s why I do it. I enjoy sewing.
“I’ve been sewing since high school,” Krakow said, “so you know I enjoy it.
“I’m hoping to get some ideas here,” she said. “Right now I like to work with cotton material,” Krakow said. “I like the thin batting that I work with.
Faye Kunz of Davenport, a past president of the Mississippi Valley Quilting Guild, learned quilting from her mother after her mother moved from Iowa to Arizona. “I would go visit her” and learn how to quilt, Kunz said.
Kunz sews “pretty much every day” and enjoys making large quilts, but the wall hanging she’s exhibited at the Art Center is a small, mosaic, “so it’s little tiny pieces,” Kunz said. “But it was a lot of fun. And easy to carry with you when you go to a sit-and-sew.”
The exhibit includes large quilts and small quilted items from numerous quilters.
“We just wanted to have an appropriate amount for the size of the space,” said Jane Darin of Port Byron, Illinois. “We wanted to have a full representation of what the Guild does.”
Darin exhibited a quilt made of pale, 5-inch squares and various quilting patterns. “[I was] practicing patterns on my long-arm [quilting machine].” The quilt, like many of the items on display at the Arts Center, is for sale.
Darin likes to experiment with quilts, she said, but she does have a preference. “I kind of like the jewel tones,” she said. “I like to make them sparkle.”
In addition to a couple of quilts, Darin has fabric bowls on display. “I like to take my scraps and hand dye them,” she said. She turns that fabric into bowls.
The bright, colorful quilt that Mary Newcomb of Rock Island provided for the exhibit was created as a block-of-the-month project from an internet sewing group, she said. Each month she received a block design, 12 in all, and added her own colors, fabrics and placement of blocks.
“I wanted something bright,” Newcomb said. “And I didn’t want just white in the background.”
Newcomb chose a white fabric with spots of colors to hold the quilt together. “Everything else is just from my stash,” she said, scraps that match the colors in the background fabric.
The quilt, which measures 52 inches by 76 inches, uses the paper quilting method, Newcomb said. Fabric is sewn to paper patterns which are torn away after quilting.
“This is the style I like,” said Newcomb who has been quilting for nearly 35 years. “I like it cause it’s... more precise – for things that are pointy, particularly.”
The River Arts Center, located at 229 Fifth Ave. South in downtown Clinton, is open Wednesday through Sunday from 1-4 p.m. Admission is free.