Patrice Krant, left, and Janet Bacher, right, stand by their quilts in the “9 Women / 9 Quilts” show that opened last Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Homer Council on the Arts, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Patrice Krant, left, and Janet Bacher, right, stand by their quilts in the “9 Women / 9 Quilts” show that opened last Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Homer Council on the Arts, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Group quilt exhibit shows collaboration on every work

It’s not uncommon for Homer art galleries to feature group shows. It’s also not uncommon for shows to center on a particular theme. But in what might be a first, the Homer Council on the Arts presents a group show of nine artists who have all contributed to each other’s work.

Opening last Friday, “9 Women / 9 Quilts” presents quilts done by members of the Kachemak Bay Quilters over 18 months. Using the round-robin format, each quilter developed a theme for her quilt. She did a row or section about 48-inches-by-10-inches, and then passed the quilt on to another quilter, who added her contribution, and so on. Contributing are Janet Bacher, Donna Hinkle, Patrice Krant, Karol Miller, Ruby Nofziger, Elaine Plante, Jane Regan, Shirley Svoboda and Linda Wagner.

Krant came up with the idea after noticing at weekly quilting meetings how she knew other quilters’ styles so well she could identify a quilt without being told who had made it.

“I said, ‘Wouldn’t it be nice to have a quilt that had all my friends on it?’” Krant said last week at the First Friday opening.

The result is a unique collection of distinctive quilts that all have their own overall palette and style, but at the same time share unity in the nine artists’ techniques. It’s a show that invites close inspection as well as stepping back and looking at the work as a whole.

Not only did they come up with a theme, some quilters even came up with fabric. For example, Jane Regan’s quilt, “My Mother’s Trunk,” uses pastel colored material from a box of her mother’s fabric. At the First Friday opening, Regan showed that box and invited people to “help clean out my mother’s trunk,” as a sign said, and take pieces.

“My Mother’s Trunk” has unity in form and color, with the rows more expressive of a technique or pattern. That quilt shows the more abstract side of quilting and its use of shapes and patterns. Others, like Janet Bacher’s “Birds in Flight,” are more illustrative. Rather than add to more rows, when it came down to the last two quilters, Bacher asked Krant and Regan to fill in the side panels.

“I said, ‘I want a bird and a birdhouse,’ and they did it,” Bacher said.

Some quilts have clever visual puns. Linda Wagner’s “Bears and Flowers” features just that, fabric with images of bears and flowers. But some pieces also use a pattern called “bear paw,” where the shape looks like the foot of a bear.

Wagner also had another requirement.

“I don’t like dull quilts,” she said. “Bears and flowers — the brighter the better.”

The quilts mix both playfulness and seriousness, sometimes in the same work. Retired teacher Ruby Nofziger’s “On a Bookshelf” would be perfect for a reading nook or small library. Each quilter has done a row of books. Krant’s book designs features titles that are quilting plays on words: “War and Piecing,” “Stitch 22” and “Alice in Fabricland.” Donna Hinkle’s row has names of banned books.

Other quilts include Krant’s “Life By The Sea,” Shirley Svoboda “Purple & Turquoise,” Elaine Plante’s “Bright Colors/Batiks OK,” Karol Miller’s “Down on the Farm” and Donna Hinkle’s “Log Cabin Christmas.” The show runs through the end of February. Together the quilts offer a bright splash of color and design in the monochrome season of winter, a taste of quilting for those who can’t wait for the Kachemak Bay Quilters’ annual Mother’s Day weekend show.

Reach Michael Armstrong at marmstrong@homernews.com.

A close-up of Jane Regan’s quilt, “My Mother’s Trunk,” one of the works in the “9 Women / 9 Quilts” show that opened last Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Homer Council on the Arts, in Homer, Alaska. Each panel or row of books was done by a different quilter using fabric from Regan’s mother. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

A close-up of Jane Regan’s quilt, “My Mother’s Trunk,” one of the works in the “9 Women / 9 Quilts” show that opened last Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Homer Council on the Arts, in Homer, Alaska. Each panel or row of books was done by a different quilter using fabric from Regan’s mother. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Linda Wagner stands by her “Bears and Flowers” quilt, quilt, one of the works in the “9 Women / 9 Quilts” show that opened last Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Homer Council on the Arts, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Linda Wagner stands by her “Bears and Flowers” quilt, quilt, one of the works in the “9 Women / 9 Quilts” show that opened last Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Homer Council on the Arts, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Shirley Svoboda’s “My Friends Made This!”, one of the works in the “9 Women / 9 Quilts” show that opened last Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Homer Council on the Arts, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Shirley Svoboda’s “My Friends Made This!”, one of the works in the “9 Women / 9 Quilts” show that opened last Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Homer Council on the Arts, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Donna Hinkle’s “Christmas Quilt,” one of the works in the “9 Women / 9 Quilts” show that opened last Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Homer Council on the Arts, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Donna Hinkle’s “Christmas Quilt,” one of the works in the “9 Women / 9 Quilts” show that opened last Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Homer Council on the Arts, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Karol Miller’s “Down on the Farm” quilt, one of the works in the “9 Women / 9 Quilts” show that opened last Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Homer Council on the Arts, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Karol Miller’s “Down on the Farm” quilt, one of the works in the “9 Women / 9 Quilts” show that opened last Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Homer Council on the Arts, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Ruby Nofziger’s “On a Bookshelf” quilt, one of the works in the “9 Women / 9 Quilts” show that opened last Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Homer Council on the Arts, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Ruby Nofziger’s “On a Bookshelf” quilt, one of the works in the “9 Women / 9 Quilts” show that opened last Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Homer Council on the Arts, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Elaine Plante’s “Brights” quilt, one of the works in the “9 Women / 9 Quilts” show that opened last Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Homer Council on the Arts, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Elaine Plante’s “Brights” quilt, one of the works in the “9 Women / 9 Quilts” show that opened last Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Homer Council on the Arts, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

A panel by Patrice Krant from Janet Bacher’s “Birds in Flight” quilt, one of the works in the “9 Women / 9 Quilts” show that opened last Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Homer Council on the Arts, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

A panel by Patrice Krant from Janet Bacher’s “Birds in Flight” quilt, one of the works in the “9 Women / 9 Quilts” show that opened last Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Homer Council on the Arts, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Janet Bacher’s “Birds in Flight” quilt, one of the works in the “9 Women / 9 Quilts” show that opened last Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Homer Council on the Arts, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

Janet Bacher’s “Birds in Flight” quilt, one of the works in the “9 Women / 9 Quilts” show that opened last Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Homer Council on the Arts, in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

A close-up of Ruby Nofziger’s “On a Bookshelf” quilt, one of the works in the “9 Women / 9 Quilts” show that opened last Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Homer Council on the Arts, in Homer, Alaska. Each panel or row of books was done by a different quilter. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

A close-up of Ruby Nofziger’s “On a Bookshelf” quilt, one of the works in the “9 Women / 9 Quilts” show that opened last Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at the Homer Council on the Arts, in Homer, Alaska. Each panel or row of books was done by a different quilter. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

More in Life

The 10 participants in season 9 of “Alone,” premiering on May 26, 2022, on the History Channel. Terry Burns of Homer is the third from left, back. Another Alaskan in the series, Jacques Tourcotte of Juneau, is the fourth from left, back. (Photo by Brendan George Ko/History Channel)
Homer man goes it ‘Alone’

Burns brings lifetime of wilderness experience to survival series

Thes chocolate chip cookie require no equipment, no pre-planning, and are done from start to finish in one hour. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
On the strawberry patch: Forever home chocolate chip cookies

This past week I moved into my first forever home

Nick Varney
Unhinged Alaska: This purge won’t be a movie sequel

What’s forthcoming is a very rare occurrence and, in my case, uncommon as bifocals on a Shih Tzu puppy

File
Being content with what you don’t know

How’s your negative capability doing?

Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire
Local Tlingit beader Jill Kaasteen Meserve is making waves as her work becomes more widely known, both in Juneau and the Lower 48.
Old styles in new ways: Beader talks art and octopus bags

She’s been selected for both a local collection and a major Indigenous art market

A copy of “The Fragile Earth” rests on a typewriter on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Off the Shelf: Seeking transformation in the face of catastrophe

Potent words on climate change resonate across decades

Gochujang dressing spices up tofu, lettuce, veggies and sprouts. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
On the strawberry patch: Healthy life starts with healthy food

Gochujang salad dressing turns veggies and tofu into an exciting meal

Virginia Walters (Courtesy photo)
Life in the Pedestrian Lane: Spring Fever

“OK, Boomer” is supposed to be the current put down by the “woke generation”

A headstone for J.E. Hill is photographhed in Anchorage, Alaska. (Findagrave.com)
Night falls on the Daylight Kid — Part 2

“Bob,” he said, “that crazy fool is shooting at us.”

File
Minister’s Message: Has spring sprung in your life?

Christ also offers us an eternal springtime of love, hope and life

Eggs Benedict are served with hollandaise on a bed of arugula and prosciutto. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
On the strawberry patch: Honoring motherhood, in joy and in sorrow

Many who have suffered this loss believe they must bear it in silence for the sake of propriety

Page from Seward daily gateway. (Alaska State Library, Archives and Museum, Juneau, A.K.)
Night falls on the Daylight Kid — Part 1

Night Falls on the Daylight Kid—Part One By Clark Fair