Patchwork planet

LIHUE — Theresa Murray said working with nearly 2 million stitches to create her “Geisha” quilt took her eight months.

That effort earned her first place in the machine embroidery class at the Kauai Quilt Show.

Murray joined other quilters Friday evening for the Meet the Quilters reception at the Kauai Society of Artists Gallery at Kukui Grove Center.

Murray also earned a yellow ribbon in machine quilting for her “Sunshine Rainbow and Ponies for Braxtyn.”

“My mom is not a quilter,” said Braxtyn Montalbo, Murray’s granddaughter, who was touring the show. “My dad is the quilter. He makes quilts for us.”

Second-place honors in the machine embroidery class went to Jodi Hartman and her “Nursery Rhyme” quilt, a piece Hartman created for her granddaughter, who will be celebrating her second birthday.

“I hope she likes it,” Hartman said during the show’s opening. “I just found out my daughter’s pregnant again so I’ll have to start another one.”

First-place honors in the handwork category went to Donna McCalla for “Hawaiian Tropical Flowers.”

“This piece took me two years,” said Joanne Watson, who earned a red ribbon in the handwork category for her Hawaiian quilt “Pineapples and Papaya.” “I designed this after taking a class at Kapaia Stitchery and took it out only after I moved here.”

Watson said she’s been quilting for 20 years, 18 of them on Hawaiian quilts.

“There are several really nice Hawaiian quilts at this show,” Watson said. “This is Hawaii so it’s good to have them out.”

JoAnne Moniz earned a blue ribbon for her “Cherry Roll Vine” quilt, and Cheryl Brady’s “Moon Over the Mountain” earned a red ribbon in the machine quilting category.

Other award recipients include a yellow ribbon for Carole Carr’s “How Did I Get Here?” in the machine embroidery class, and a yellow ribbon for “Bits of Life” in the handwork category for Ladye Martin.

The show has enjoyed great success since opening Wednesday at the KSA Gallery at the Kukui Grove Center, said Jeni Hardy, a show coordinator.

“There are a lot of quilts for people to admire,” Hardy said of the more than 60 quilts on display.

The sale of some specially designated quilts will raise money for nonprofits.

The Kauai Quilt Show continues at the KSA Gallery through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. On Friday night, the show is open until 8 p.m.

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