Work of local quilt maker on display at festival

Published 9:59 am Friday, October 30, 2015

Local quilt maker, Katie Hebblewhite, of Hayward, has a quilt on display at the International Quilt Festival in Houston, through Sunday. Hebblewhite’s quilt is part of the first annual Primitive Folk-Art Exhibit at the festival and won third place in the “Made from a Published Pattern” category.

“I am honored and excited to have my quilt on display for the quilting world to see,” said Hebblewhite. “Taking third place was icing on the cake!”

“I was immediately drawn to this project by its simplistic beauty. The pattern, ‘Settler’s Pride,’ is a Maggie Bonanomi design. As I spent hours appliquéing, I often would think about my family who immigrated to America and settled in our area generations ago, and what it must have been like to find joy among their hard work, dedication and trials.”

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The quilt, made of 100 percent wool, measures 52 by 56 inches, and was machine quilted by Kim Zenk.

The exhibit is sponsored by Homespun Media, publisher of Primitive Quilts and Projects magazine.

“This showcases the best of primitive quilts, featuring all styles and techniques from hand-pieced to machine-created,” according to Gretchen Smith, advertising and circulation director. “Our goal is to spread awareness of the primitive design and give recognition to the many gifted artisans in the quilting world. We received over 100 entries after announcing a call for submissions. Five expert judges narrowed the number down to 23 quilts for the exhibit.”