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Six quilters show Hand Works from the Heart

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    Quilter Lesley Morris talks about the fusion silk, a space-age material created by NASA, in her “dreamscape” on exhibit at the Hand Works from the Heart by Six Kaua‘i Quilters and Artists at the Kaua‘i Society of Artists gallery at the Kukui Grove Center.

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    Quilter Julie Fregeau talks about completing a quilt face created in the 1930s and featuring feedsack during the Hand Works from the Heart by Six Kaua‘i Quilters and Artists at the Kaua‘i Society of Artists gallery at the Kukui Grove Center.

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    Quilter/artist Lea Ingram helps a guest with some questions, Friday during the opening of the Six Island Quilters Exhibit and Sale at the Kaua‘i Society of Artists gallery at the Kukui Grove Center.

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    Quilters Jeni Hardy and Julie Fegeau assist customers, including Maile Bloxsom, Friday evening during the opening of the Six Island Quilters Exhibit and Sale at the Kaua‘i Society of Artists gallery at the Kukui Grove Center.

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    Sharron Weber helps quilter/artist Lea Ingram in showing a palaka keiki-themed quilt, Friday during the opening of the Six Island Quilters Exhibit and Sale at the Kaua‘i Society of Artists gallery at the Kukui Grove Center.

LIHU‘E — Jeni Hardy, one of six quilters at the Kaua‘i Society of Artists gallery at the Kukui Grove Center Friday night, said the show started with a bang.

“Every one of the six quilters sold at least one piece,” Hardy said. “There are a lot — at least 150 — of quilts up, and more ready to take its place once a quilt gets spoken for.”

Hand Works from the Heart by Six Kaua‘i Quilters and Artists represent the work of six quilters — Hardy, Julie Fregeau, Cindy Halasey, Lea Ingram, Lesley Morris, and Toni Wass — that will be available for viewing daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Thursday. There is no admission charge.

The quilt exhibit and sale was originally planned to follow the annual Kaua‘i 2020 Quilt Show that took place in February, but the arrival of the coronavirus in Hawai‘i changed all that.

“During the quilt show, Jeni got a suggestion for a smaller show about mid-year after the Kaua‘i Quilt Show,” Ingram said. “But with the COVID pandemic, we couldn’t schedule anything until now. The quilters, in the meantime, have been busy sewing everything from face masks to new quilts.”

Guests to the Meet the Quilters event, Friday were greeted by COVID-19 procedures including the wearing of face masks, hand sanitizing, and maintaining social distancing. The gloves are a carry-over from pre-COVID days to prevent quilts from getting soiled.

Guests are invited to view, meet the quilters, and admire the variety of quilt types available from wall quilts, to full-sized throws, table runners, and even face masks created by the quilters.

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Dennis Fujimoto, staff writer and photographer, can be reached at 245-0453 or dfujimoto@thegardenisland.com.

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