New Quilts from an Old Favorite: Baskets

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August 2 - September 28, 2013

Benton County Museum was pleased to host a travelling exhibition from The National Quilt Museum in Paducah, Kentucky, during Quilt County 2013.

The National Quilt Museum challenged quiltmakers to create original quilts based on the classic Baskets block pattern. The 18 winning quilts of the 2012 Basket-themed New Quilts from an Old Favorite annual contest were shown at Benton County Museum from
August 2 to September 28, 2013. These innovative quilts represent quilters from 15 U.S. states.

Finalists' quilts featured in the exhibit included:

  • Book Plate I, by Karen Grover, Rockford, IL
  • Basket Case, by Leona Harden, New Tazewell, TN
  • Basket Weaver, by Michael Michalski, Brooklyn, NY
  • Bark Baskets, by Marilyn R. Smith, Columbia, MO
  • Basket Case Flowers, by Ann L. Petersen, Aurora, CO
  • Fibonacci Nebula, by Patricia Hobbs, Macomb, IL
  • Spinning Baskets, by Theresea Reeves, Oberlin, KS
  • Basket Arrangements, by Ann Horton, Redwood Valley, CA
  • Handle With Care, by Jan, Soules Elk Grove, CA
  • Baskets, Butterflies, and Blossoms, by Tish Rudd, Cadiz, KY
  • Sewing Baskets Inside Out, by Kathy Parker, Hudson, FL
  • Hopi Maiden, by Karen Watts, Mayhill, NM
  • Pharoah's Tombs, by Julia Graber, Brooksville, MS
  • Basket Weave, by Ann Feitelson and Ronna Erickson, Montague, MA
  • Basket Weaving, by Mary Kay Price, Lake Oswego, OR
  • Basketek, by Nancy Lambert, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Spice Market, by Sherri Bain Driver Northglenn, CO
  • Basket Case, by Sue Turnquist Tifton, GA 

Book Plate I by Karen Grover of Rockford, Illinois, took top honors, winning first place. Designed in the manner of a bookplate, this quilt abounds in the sensuous curves of 
the Art Nouveau period.

Bookplate 1

Photo credit: Courtesy of the National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky.

The third place winner, Basket Weaver by Michael Michalski of Brooklyn, New York, was constructed of woven cloth bands, resulting in an openwork lattice.

Basket Weaver

Photo credit: Courtesy of the National Quilt Museum, Paducah, Kentucky.