In 2013, Barbara Kirk, a local fabric store owner, along with the Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild (BIMQG), began the first Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild Festival.
This non-juried show is free and open to the public and will feature the artistry of local quiltmakers from all over the Kitsap peninsula. Organizers expect to hang 250+ works of textile art from scaffolding on the Green and in selected locations along Winslow Way, creating an open, inviting and festive atmosphere. Original works from artists in Kitsap County, the Olympic Peninsula, Seattle and Tacoma will be on display from 10am to 4pm.
Viewer’s Choice Voting – BACK for 2022
Viewers will be asked to vote for their favorite quilt. Prizes are gift certificates to area fabric shops.
Raffle Quilt Tickets
Win the fabulous Reunited quilt made by Guild members and quilted by Marybeth O’Halloran of White Lotus Quilting.
Silent Auction – NEW for 2022
Another quilt made by BIMQG members and quilted by Marybeth O’Halloran of White Lotus Quilting. Proceeds benefit World Central Kitchen efforts with Ukrainian refugees.
Attendees will be able to participate in the viewer’s choice award, purchase tickets for a raffle quilt and bid in a silent auction.
Last year, over 400 visitors enjoyed the show. “This year, we are hoping for even more,” said festival chair, Kathy Dwyer. “It is great fun to see the delight and surprise on the faces of attendees who are often awed and inspired by the beautiful art they see hanging in the show.”
The Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild is a non-profit organization designed for charitable and educational purposes. Modern quilting incorporates function rather than decorative in its quilts. Using asymmetry in designs, relying less on repetition, reinterpreting traditional quilt patterns, and embracing simplicity and minimalism. They utilize alternative block structure and increase the use of negative space—concentrating on bold colors, graphic prints, and gray and white as neutrals. Their quilts are inspired by modern art and architecture and they frequently use improvisational piecing methods.
The BIMQG encourages the art of modern quilting by working with other guilds and groups, and teaching new quilters and other fiber artists that are interested in non-traditional fiber projects. Classes, workshops and the sharing of information are available, visit their website for more information. Monthly Sew-Ins are held the second Sunday of each month (except May which is the third Sunday).
Bainbridge Island Modern Quilt Guild and the Bainbridge Island Quilt Festival would like to thank their sponsors and supporters: Esther’s Fabrics, Quilted Strait, White Lotus Quilting, Stitches for Good, Sherry’s Cozy Quilts, Winslow Green, Eagle Harbor Congregational Church, Bainbridge Branch Kitsap Regional Library, Leslie Newman Art & Design
*Images by Margaret Millmore. Logos and poster provided by and used with permission from the BIMQG
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