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Photos by Peggy Trigg Truly a community quilt, this “friendship quilt” now has a sturdy rod, thanks to Paul Kunkel, and hangs in the children’s room.

Cherished Quilt Exhibit is a Must-See!

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Stop by and see the new textile display at the Questa Public Library. This exhibition is up, with smaller pieces, but now also includes three larger cherished quilts. We have been working on getting quilts into the space, and thanks to woodworker and installer Paul Kunkel, we now have a permanent hanging rod in the children’s room!


The first quilt to hang in this space is a friendship quilt completed by Tammie Arvila. On this quilt, you can see works by many local quilting artists including Elizabeth Huddle, Cynthia Rael-Vigil, the late Esther Garcia, and others. In the teen room are two other quilts, including a large story quilt, “Granddaughter’s Dream” by Winter Ross and Sharon Nicholson’s own hand-stitched baby quilt, made by her mother Genevieve Weaver Nicholson, out of flour sack fabric.


Other textiles on display include an assortment of crocheted amigurumi animals by Audrey Kunkel, a bonnet that can turn into an apron by Nancy Parker, and a lovely table runner by Cynthia Rael-Vigil. Our community is rich in talented fiber artists! It is fun and enriching to see such an assortment of fiber arts and styles.


This display will be up for six months, until the end of March. If you are a textile artist and are interested in participating in our next display, we would love to have you; please leave your name and contact information with the librarian and we will contact you in the spring.

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  • Questa Creative Council Board member and artist: I paint the Southwest because I love the land! Being raised in the country, I have a strong tie to it. It’s a sense of deep emotions, of memory, and of history. While I am painting, I try to capture the feeling of the place, what is all around me: the smells, what I hear, and what I see – a complete picture. My abstracts represent “My Other Side.” I play with emotions through color, shapes, and energy to make playful compositions.

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