Quilt now on display at VPL is vibrant explosion of fireworks



Quilter Kathy Bogren used typical northern Minnesota colors to create this vibrant quilt. Submitted photo.

Quilter Kathy Bogren used typical northern Minnesota colors to create this vibrant quilt. Submitted photo.

VIRGINIA — The August quilt selection from the Going to Pieces Guild is now on exhibit at the Virginia Public Library. Because of the background wall color, and color choices in the quilt, this 48-inch by 54-inch work by accomplished quilter Kathy Bogren, looks like it was designed specifically to go above the library’s fireplace. That it also looks like a vibrant explosion of fireworks makes for a beautiful combination! This variation of the New York Beauty pattern is a challenging pattern and over the years has been a popular choice for our area’s advanced quilters. Here is what Kathy has to say about her work:

“Often quilters talk about their ‘stash.’ Most of us collect fabric because we love the color, print or intend to sew a specific project in the future. Sometimes, somehow that future project never comes around. We move on to the next new idea without finishing the one we started. So we collect UFOs (unfinished projects). Our Going to Pieces quilt group has a yearly challenge to complete a certain number of them. This is my completed UFO, ‘Scrappy Sky.’

“My stash is a collection of fabric for use in a quilt pattern that I have always wanted to complete. The New York Beauty pattern has a long quilt history and many variations. I have always wanted to make this quilt but never knew how to get started.

“The opportunity came in 2013 to our Going to Pieces Quilt guild when a certified teacher for Judy Niemeyer Quilting gave a class for this quilt pattern using foundation piecing. The importance of using this method was in the accuracy of points in each block. While the design of the class was to make foundation piecing simple, each step had to be carefully followed to achieve the desired result.

“Quilters have to imagine how our fabrics will work in the specific quilt pattern. I chose to use my stash batik fabrics for this quilt using colors which represented what I envisioned were typical for northern Minnesota. I used fabrics with color, texture, and variety of red, yellow, and blue.

“When it was finally finished, Linda Bergerson quilted the top with her long-arm quilt machine.”

For information on the Going to Pieces Quilt Guild, contact Darcy at 218-750-7035.

Dawn Heisel lives in Britt, MN. She is a member of the Going to Pieces Quilt Guild.

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