Muncy Historical Society announced the theme of the 2014 and 2015 Quilt Challenges at its ninth annual quilt show, as well as the award winners of the 2013 quilt contests.
The society’s July 18 show featured more than 140 quilts and included a judging component, with ribbons awarded for Best of Show, Best Original Design, Viewer’s Choice, Challenge, Hand- and Machine-Quilting, Appliqué, Other Techniques, and Use of Color – Traditional and Contemporary. Four of this year’s winners received handcrafted wooden platters made by Mark Robbins, master wood turnings sculpturesque.
The 2013 Quilt Challenge was “Artist Inspired” and the challenge quilters produced quilts inspired by, and reflected the work of, an artist working in another medium such as the much-loved music of Bach, George Gershwin or the Beatles, or the color or design of Monet or Mondrian.
The judges selected Mifflinburg resident, Sheridan Goddard Walter’s entry “Master Artist: The Creative Source” as this year’s first place winner, and Judith Cole Youngman, Muncy, and Joan Hamme, York, placed second and third respectively.
Beverly Bennett, Montoursville, received high honors for her quilt, “Josh’s Favorite Things,” as the judges’ selection for Best of Show and Best Original Design. Show attendees cast their votes on Friday and Youngman’s “Ordination Quilt No. 3” received the most votes for Viewer’s Choice.
Placing first, second and third in the Appliqué category were Bennett, Hamme and Walter quilts; ribbons for Other Techniques went to Debra Steransky, Muncy, Rhonda Adams-Freezer, Hughesville, and Frances Spring, Muncy. Bloomsburg resident Ruth Kressler won Use of Color – Traditional and Hamme placed second. Walter won Use of Color – Contemporary with Wendy Etzel, Williamsport, placing second. First, second and third place honors for Hand Quilting went to Hamme, Roberta Benvin, Spring City, and Lana Miller of Northumberland, respectively.
Two of Youngman’s entries took Machine Quilting – Domestic and Williamsport resident Annette Foresman placed third. Adams-Freezer won a ribbon for Machine Quilting – Computer-Guided.
In the wall hanging category, Walter’s Challenge Quilt placed first, followed by second place winner Karen Trifonoff, of Bloomsburg, with her “Double Nine Patch” and Youngman’s “Corelli Strings” took third.
The Muncy Historical Society will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its annual quilt show in 2014. To commemorate the milestone, the society has chosen “anniversary” as the 2014 challenge theme. Tin, aluminum and diamonds are the perfect gifts for a 10th wedding anniversary and quilters might choose one, two or all three of these for their “challenge” inspiration.
For quilters who have a tendency to procrastinate, the July 2015 show will be the time to enter any of the “challenge-inspired” quilts that did not get finished in time for an earlier entry. Quilters are also encouraged to enter any and all previously non-shown quilt(s) made from any of the series of patterns sponsored by the Muncy Historical Society.
The society-sponsored quilt show is made possible, in part, through grants from the Pennsylvania Partners of the Arts and the Lycoming County Visitors Bureau and private donors.