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20200115 01 julie wells amy schliwaThe National Quilt Museum has once again provided the Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum with a beautiful quilt exhibit. The exhibit will be on display starting January 18. There will be a gallery talk on January 21 and February 21 that will provide a guided tour that will give a more in-depth description and analysis of each quilt.

This year’s quiltmakers were challenged by The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky to create original quilts based on classic Oak Leaf and Reel block patterns. Twenty-eight quilters from 15 U.S. states and Taiwan, Germany, and Israel modified Oak Leaf and Reel block designs in imaginative ways, providing a wonderful look at the skills, techniques, and creativity of today's quiltmakers. Support for the contest was provided by MODA Fabrics and Janome America, Incorporated.

The winners were first place, Julie Wells and Amy Schliwa of Cadiz, KY for their quill Sparkling in a Flurry of Blue; second place, Susan Mogan of Mobile, AL for her quilt This Time I'm Ree/-y Leafing; third place, Carol Krause of Bismarck, ND for her quilt Hardika's Dreams; fourth place, Diane Kay Evans of Forest Ranch, CA for her quilt Boho Medallion; and fifth place: Patricia Hobbs of Macomb, IL for her quilt Changing Season.

20200115 03 carol krauseFinalist quilts to be featured in the exhibit include Blessing II by Yen-Chiu Chen of Tainan City, Taiwan; Shade Our Life by Yochi Dayan of Negev, Israel; O'wl Sit Under the Light of the Oak Leaf Moon by Lori Dickman of Rockford, IL; Bright Oak Redux by Leslie Johnson of Brush, CO; Oak Leaf and Swirl by Chris Lynn Kirsch of Watertown, WI; Oak Leaves from My Forest by Tina Kroiss of lnnernzell, Germany; Tropical Leaves by Nancy Lambert of Greensboro, GA; The Spinning Reminiscence by Wei Ling Lian of San Jose, CA; Oak Leaf & Reel Bourbon by Zeeda Magnuson of Minneapolis, MN; Oak Leaf Manda/ate by Tamar Ophir of Nes Ziona, Israel; Nesting Reels by Beth Peters of Urbana, IL; The Promise of the Oak Leaf by Annette S. Reynolds of Grove City, OH; Color in Reel Time by Andrea Staschak of Nottingham, MD; Sunlit Oaks by Cindy Vough of Lexington, KY; Autumn Windows by Karen Watts of Mayhill, NM; Ombre Oaks by Suzy Webster of Apple Valley, MN.

The exhibition featuring these 21 works of art will be at The Harlingen Arts and Heritage Museum from January 18, 2020 through March 15, 2020. Gallery Talks will be on Tuesday, January 21, 11 a.m. and Friday, February 21, 11 a.m. For Information call (956) 216-4901.

The Harlingen museum is located at 2425 Boxwood St.

The New Quilts from an Old Favorite 2020 competition will feature the Wheel of Fortune block. For entry details please go to quiltmuseum.org. The National Quilt Museum is a non-profit institution located in downtown Paducah, Kentucky and is supported in part by the Kentucky Arts Council.

The National Quilt Museum is located at 215 Paducah, KY. For more information on their current exhibits and classes, call (270)442-8856 or visit their website.