A Glimpse of the Brooking, South Dakota Quilt ShowJoen Wolfrom | May 3, 2012
Quilts of Valor Display, Brooking, South Dakota
The Brooking, South Dakota Quilt Show was filled with a wide array of quilts of all interests, skill levels, styles, techniques, and subject matter. It’s always fun to see what surprises await us as we visit a quilt show. This past rainy, windy weekend amidst beautiful farmland and rolling hills the convention center in Brooking was packed with fascinating quilts and avid quilters. The quilt show’s theme was a Fanfare of Quilts.
Here is a glimpse of the quilt show that might give you a sense of the quilting flavor of this northeastern South Dakota region. (Sorry to all of you in the Brooking area when I said you lived in the northwestern part. I know you’re on the eastern side near Minnisota, but my fingers automatically wrote northwestern late last night, probably since my brain was asleep and I live in the northwest.)
Quilts of Valor Display
In the front lobby of the convention center, there was a wonderful display of quilts made for the veterans from this region who are soon to be returning home. My very favorite of these quilts is the one shown above. It is such a beautiful quilt. The quilting is exquisite in this quilt. I could not find any label, so I have no idea who the piecer and quilter are. Isn’t this a superb quilt! (If you know the maker, please let me know.)
Never Say Never by Belinda Kruse
This New York Beauty quilt, Never Say Never, was created by Belinda Kruse. It’s a relatively small quilt that really called to me. I thought Belinda used really interesting fabrics that worked so well together. What a grand batik stash she had at her fingertips when beginning this quilt at a Pierre quilt retreat.
The quilting was done by Andi Rudebusch. I really like the way she quilted this design.
Jennifer’s Fairy Frost Fans by Norita Henneman
The theme of this year’s quilt show was fans, so there was an abundance of fan quilts throughout the show. Many followed traditional lines while others played innovatively with fans. One of my favorite fans quilts was Jennifer’s Fairy Frost Fans by Norita Henneman. This quilt’s design is Norita’s own variation of the Grandmother’s Fan. This quilt was quilted by Always Your Design.
Christmas Pineapple by Linda Louder
This colorful pineapple log cabin quilt was made by Linda Louder. I really loved the freshness of this quilt. This design is from Possibilities Pineapple Book by Possibilities. Nancy Swanson was the quilter.
Finally Finished by Deb Carlson
Deb Carlson named this quilt Finally Finished because it IS!!! I don’t know when Deb began this quilt, but it’s rather cute that this quilt was made from the book Applique in a Day by Eleanor Burns. I rather imagine this took more than a day for Deb to complete. This beauty was quilted by Marilyn Eighmy.
Here are two blocks that show how beautifully this quilt is appliqued and quilted. Great job Deb and Marilyn!
Early Frost by Georgan Ellerbruch
I think this is the best panel quilt that I have ever seen. Georgan Ellerbruch so artistically placed the scenic vignettes together, so that everything flowed together. Here’s a closeup of one portion of First Frost. Also you can see the quilting detail in the view below. First Frost was quilted by Marilyn Eighmy.
Fan Dance by Donna Neyhart
Donna Neyhart was the 2012 featured quilter of the quilt show. It was wonderful to see the many quilts made by this talented quilter. I thought her Fan Dance quilt was a theme stand-out.
Donna also had a stack and whack quilt that provided a quilt full of fascinating fabric combinations. People crowded around this quilt to see the amazing variations of block design and fabric selection. Here’s the quilt:
Stack and Whack by Donna Neyhart
Here’s a glimpse of one block:
Lastly, the Breckview Manor raffle quilt caught my eye as I was getting ready to leave. The lucky winner has already been selected, so there was no chance of winning it. It’s a lovely quilt. Fall Star was quilted by Always Your Design.
A quilt show is hard work to put on. It takes energy, organization, and lots of people to make everything come together. This guild did a wonderful job. It was such a joy to visit. I hope you have enjoyed a little glimpse of the Brooking Area Quilt Guild’s 2012 Fanfare of Quilts show.