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Quilt Show 1998

24th Annual Show
"When the Heart Remembers"



Special Exhibit
The Cell Block Quilt

The Cell Block Quilt was made by inmates of the Eastern Oregon Correctional Institution in Pendleton, Oregon, with volunteers from the Blue Mountain Piecemaker Guild. The quilt was started in January of 1996 and completed that same July.

The project was conceived with institutional goals of "reducing prison racial tension by having diverse ethnic populations work together; developing community partnerships; sharing creativity and insight of inmates by displaying the quilt; and exploring the potential for a long-term quilt project." Inmate goals included: "wanting the project to be healing; giving something back to their communities and families; to 'humanize' the public's perception of inmates; and to learn and share their insights about their heritage."

The theme of the quilt is "ethnic and cultural diversity". It is divided into five panels: the Hispanic and Asian panels each measuring 24" x 72", and the African, Indian and American panels, each measuring 24" x 48". The position of each panel was determined by drawing lots.

Most of the men had no previous quilting experience, nor had they been exposed to fabric or textiles as an artistic medium, though some were skilled in other creative endeavors. Education levels ranged from Doctorate in Mathematics to little formal education and limited English-speaking skills.

Challenges and issues that arose included gender issues -- women's work vs. men's work. Nearly half of the participants dropped out initially. However, once the complexity and challenge of the project were established, the inmate tended to stay with the project. Faltering commitment and low self-esteem affected some participants, but for some the project became a relaxing, enriching safe haven.

State EOCI Housing Unit Supervisor, Mary Lou Ward, says of the project: "Men whose phone conversations with their children were full of apology and regret suddenly began to convey a message of hope and pride. They are filled with encouragement . . . to try new things and not to give up because it didn't turn out the first time, because that is what Daddy has learned while making a quilt."

...From the NWQ 24th Annual Quilt Show Brochure

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Margie Bergan
Featured Quilter

This year's featured quilter, Margie Bergan, is a traditional quiltmaker and is exhibiting 15-20 large and miniature quilts at his years show. She has been quilting for 20 years and has been amember of Northwest Quilters 10 years.

Margie's work has been published in several publications, including Quilters Newsletter. She was featured in one of Rodale's books titled "America's Favorite Quilting Projects." She participated in a quilt challenge sponsored by RJR Fabrics and the Quilters Newsletter using reproduction fabrics from the Smithsonian's textile collection and won first place for her entry in the wallhanging category. She has also won first place for entries into the Oregon State Fair in the hand-quilted category.

In addition to being a member of Northwest Quilters, Margie also belongs to the Mid Valley Quilt Guild in Salem and served as chairperson recruiting speakers for the last Association of Pacific Northwest Quilters show in Seattle. She also was invited to participate in a traveling exhibit sponsored by that association entitled, "The Elements -- Earth, Wind, Fire and Chocolate."
...From the NWQ 24th Annual Quilt Show Brochure

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Jan Bressler -- Jannilou Creations
"Tips, Tools and Techniques for Hand Quilting"

Sandi Ray -- Quiltmaking Teacher
"Peanut Butter Quilts: Making quilts that will be loved, used and abused by family and friends."

Suzette Shoulders -- Fiber artist and teacher
"Crazy Patch: A Victorian art form for contemporary quiltmakers."

Association of Pacific Northwest Quilters -- Slide Program
"The Elements -- Earth, Wind, Fire and Chocolate."
53 quilts created by members of the APNQ
...From the NWQ 24th Annual Quilt Show Brochure
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Betty Blais Freezer-Paper Applique
Machine Trapunto
Easy Mitered Corners
Phyllis Burgess Quilt Embellishment with Rayon and Metallic Threads
Jamie Davis Baltimore Applique Flowers
Theresa Eggleston Mitering Borders
Binding Made Easy
Quick-Pieced Bowties
Gillian Gardner Making a Quilted Basket
Floy Heidenreich Paper Foundation Piecing
Alexandra Henry Using the "Perfect Patchwork Templates"
Colleen Kelly-Ginter Machine-Quilting Made Easy
Priscilla Schrock Miniature Trunk Show
Suzette Shoulders Stitches of Crazy-Patch
Fussy-cut Stars: Plan it with Mirrors
Silk Ribbon Embroidery
Colorwash Quilts: Playing with Squares
Lorle Starling Using the "Angler" Tool
Jan Stewart Celtic Applique
...From the NWQ 24th Annual Quilt Show Brochure

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Raffle Quilt
This year's raffle quilt, "Evening Song", was designed by our award-winning member, Helene Knott. The design was considered for the 100 Best American Quilts of the Century at International Quilt Festival, Houston, Texas. It has also been featured on the cover of Quilters Newsletter magazine.

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Merchant Mall Vendors
Alyen Creations
Portland, Oregon
Hood River, Oregon
Just Imagination
Bow, Washington
BJ's Quilt Basket
Bend, Oregon
Furever Friends
Hillsboro, Oregon
Patchwork Peddler
Portland, Oregon
Bernina Sew & Vac
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Heirloom Stitches
Longview, Washington
Pauline Stark
Portland, Oregon
Bizarre Bazaar
Indianola, Washington
J.J. Handworks
Lynnwood, Washington
The Pine Needle
Lake Oswego, Oregon
Center Diamond
Cannon Beach, Oregon
J.J. Originals
Pendleton, Oregon
The Quilt Shoppe
Tualatin, Oregon
Country Dry Goods
West Linn, Oregon
Janes's Fabric Patch
Tillamook, Oregon
The Stitchin' Post
Sisters, Oregon
Creative Fabrics
Wheeler, Oregon
JaniLou Creations
Philometh, Oregon
Northwest Quilters Inc.
Members' Boutique
Diane Phalen
Banks, Oregon
...From the NWQ 24th Annual Quilt Show Brochure

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