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Published on February 20, 2018 2:29PM

Three different nations’ takes on World Heritage Sites will be on display this weekend as the Yachats Commons showcases entries from the 2016 International Challenge Art Quilt Show.

The exhibit features 90 quilters from the USA, Japan and South Korea, each representing one of 30 World Heritage Sites in a piece of fiber art. The result is 90 small quilts, hung vertically on panels for each World Heritage Site, so viewers can compare the work of one nation to the next.

The current group of quilts debuted at the 2016 Handmade Makers Show in Yokohama in November 2016. Since that time, they have toured Japan and South Korea, and are now touring the US. A large number of the US quilts have been made by fiber artists from the Pacific Northwest, including Yachats artist Ruth Bass.

The concept for the International Quilt Challenge was born in 2003, after Izumi Takamori, owner of The Pin Cushion, a quilting store in Tokyo, met Sue Cutsogeorge of Eugene during a quilters tour of Japan. Since then, Takamori and her quilting friends have challenged artists in various countries. Themes of past exhibits have included the alphabet, world currency, world festivals, world painters and world fairy tales.

The quilts will be on display Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 24 and 25, from 10 am to 4 pm at 441 Hwy 101 N. Admission is by suggested donation of $5. High Tea and refreshments will be available for purchase. An additional exhibit of art quilts created by local artists will be also be on display and for sale.

The show is a benefit for the Yachats Library Move, which will see the city library relocate into the 501 Building, adjacent to the Yachats Commons.

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