‘Opportunity’ knocks at quilt show

KAPAA — A beautiful “Opportunity” is being offered at this year’s Kauai Quilt Show.

People visiting the event last year were presented with fabric, explained organizing committee member Edna Ray. And they returned it in a special way.

“Each square on the Opportunity quilt is the result of people returning the quilt square,” Ray said. “The squares were combined to form the Opportunity quilt. That is more than 120 people’s work.”

Opportunities to earn the special quilt will be available during the show, which runs March 18-29 at Kukui Grove Center.

Joining the Opportunity quilt will be more than 60 quilts created by Kauai residents and on display, many of which will be for sale.

One of these will be a Hawaiian quilt created by Joanne Watson of Kapaa.

“This is a show stopper,” said Julie Whitney, who describes herself as “just a participant.”

Susan Rowe begged to differ, noting that Whitney is an accomplished quilter and has published a book on her quilting experiences.

“I hope she brings the book to the show,” Rowe said. “She is really a good quilter.”

Watson said her Hawaiian quilt took about four months to create.

“I even had a special stand for it,” she said. “I had to stand while sewing it, several hours at a time.”

Awards for the Kauai Quilt Show, sponsored by the Kauai Quilt Guild, the Nene Quilters, a quilting group that meets in Kalaheo, the Discount Fabric Warehouse, Kapaia Stitchery, and Vicky’s Fabric, will include awards for Hand Work, Machine Embroidery, Machine Quilting and a Viewer’s Choice 2016.

There also will be designated donation quilts, the proceeds of which will go to a Kauai nonprofit, Ray said.

“This was an especially popular area during last year’s show,” Ray said. “This year, we adding something new — a white elephant sale — because a lot of quilters do quilts for nonprofit organizations.”

People will have an opportunity to Meet the Quilters from 4 to 8 p.m. March 18 when the show opens.

There is no admission to view the many quilts. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays, and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Fridays.

Info: Lea, 652-2261 or leaingram.artist@gmail.com

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