Quilters tie for best in show

Two Shawano quilters tied for Best of Show at the Decades of Fiber Arts event held Dec. 2 in Gillett.

Mary Hoppe’s quilt, called Crazy Family, is designed from a traditional crazy quilt pattern with the focal point of each square being reproductions of favorite family photos. This 2017 brown quilt, enhanced with dozens of vintage gold pins, was longarm quilted by Diane Napier of Mountain.

Sharon Krueger’s quilt was created using the Stack and Whack method of piecing material so that the finished project has the look of a kaleidoscope. This bright quilt has appliquéd koi on it and was also longarm quilted by Napier.

The art show was sponsored by the Gillett Area Historical Society in conjunction with their annual Christmas Tea. The juried show displayed more than 50 items by 20 local artists, along with vintage pieces owned by the historical society. It included quilts, woven pieces, appliqué work, hand-dyed fabrics, embroidery, knitting, crocheting and felting dating from 1880 to the present.

Guests who came to the tea voted for Best of Show, toured the museum, munched on homemade desserts and enjoyed viewing a live Christmas tree.