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See some wicked stitches at fairy tale show

Published on October 23, 2018 11:01AM

Fairy tales from around the world will touch down on the Oregon Coast this weekend, as the 2015 International Challenge Art Quilt Show arrives at the Yachats Commons.

This exhibit features works of 90 art quilters from the USA, Japan and France, each representing one of 30 fairy tales in a piece of fiber art. The result is 90 small quilts, hung vertically on 30 panels — one for each fairy tale, so viewers can compare the work of one nation to the next.

The art quilts have been exhibited in Japan and France, 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.

“One of the goals of the show is to introduce art quilting to local residents as well as visitors to the area,” Bass said. “Art quilts do not typically follow the patterns used in traditional quilting. Instead, artists use fabric and other materials to build conceptual creations based on a theme, design or simply the artist’s imagination.”

The concept for the International Quilt Challenge was born in 2003 after Izumi Takamori, owner of Tokyo quilting store The Pin Cushion 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 heritage sites.

The quilts will be on display from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28, at 441 Hwy. 101 N. Admission is by suggested donation of $5.

The Yachats show is a project of Polly Plumb Productions. For more information, go to https://pollyplumb.org.

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