Quilt artist a fi­nal­ist in in­ter­na­tional con­test

Record Observer - - Front Page - By AN­GELA PRICE bay­times@kibay­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — Af­ter be­ing fea­tured in a na­tional com­pe­ti­tion ear­lier this month, quilts by artist Dr. Teri O’Meara of Cen­tre­ville will be fea­tured in two up­com­ing, in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

O’Meara was ac­cepted as a semi-fi­nal­ist in the 2016 Penn­syl­va­nia Na­tional Quilt Ex­trav­a­ganza, Sept. 15-18, at the Greater Philadel­phia Expo Cen­ter in Oaks, Pa., where two of her quilts were se­lected to be dis­played along with more than 120 other en­tries.

Both of O’Meara’s quilts on dis­play in Philadel­phia, “Ashes to Ashes” and “Queen of the Gar­den (and It Isn’t the Rose),” ju­ried into in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions.

“Ashes to Ashes” won best use of color at the Penn­syl­va­nia show.

“I at­tended the show, and for a girl who does not take things too se­ri­ously, I was kind of happy to see the blue rib­bon on my quilt,” she said.

“Ashes to Ashes” is a two-sided quilt that O’Meara pieced in the 1960s af­ter the sur­geon gen­eral’s warn­ing that smok­ing causes lung can­cer, as a plea for a rel­a­tive to stop smok­ing. The quilt is a copy of the rel­a­tive’s cig­a­rette case with im­ages as­so­ci­ated with smok­ing quilted through­out. The quilt re­mained un­fin­ished un­til ear­lier this year.

“Af­ter quilt­ing it this year, it is amaz­ing to me that there is in­ter­est in some­thing that I pieced in 1964,” O’Meara said.

Con­struc­tion tech­niques in­clude dense ma­chine quilt­ing, tra­punto, in­ser­tion tech­niques and multi-lay­ered di­men­sional quilt­ing, she said. She said she hopes her suc­cess may en­cour­age oth­ers. “En­ter­ing com­pe­ti­tions is such a great way to im­prove skills. In my case it cre­ates a dead­line to make me fin­ish. My win­ning quilt was not the only decades old un­fin­ished quilt in the closet,” O’Meara said.

“Ashes to Ashes” ju­ried into Man­cuso’s Quilt­fest in Palm Springs Cal­i­for­nia, Oct. 6-8. O’Meara is a fi­nal­ist in the “Mid-Cen­tury Mod” Na­tional Mod­ern Quilt Com­pe­ti­tion at Quilt­fest Oa­sis Palm Springs, pro­duced by Man­cuso Show Man­age­ment. Fi­nal­ists will vie for prizes with a value over $6,000.

Man­cuso Pres­i­dent David Man­cuso said in a state­ment, “Mid-Cen­tury Mod­ern quilt­ing is on the cut­ting edge of to­day’s quilt­ing scene. This year’s en­tries will travel from Palm Springs to Santa Clara, Cal., to be ex­hib­ited at the Pa­cific In­ter­na­tional Quilt Fes­ti­val, Oct. 13-16, at the Santa Clara Con­ven­tion Cen­ter.”

“Queen of the Gar­den (and It Isn’t the Rose)” ju­ried into the highly com­pet­i­tive MQX Fes­ti­val Mid­west in Illi­nois, Oct. 19-22, she said. That quilt is a whole cloth de­sign in­spired by the flo­ral paint­ing of Baroque artist Paolo Por­pora.

Tech­niques used are tra­punto, dense free mo­tion ma­chine quilt­ing, free mo­tion em­broi­der y, bead­ing and shell-sculpted, hand-dyed bind­ing, she said.

“This is fun for me be­cause my quilt was among those whose mak­ers take things very se­ri­ously and quilt for judges. I just have fun — it keeps me out of trou­ble,” O’Meara said.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Ashes to Ashes, a two-sided quilt, is a copy of a rel­a­tive’s cig­a­rette case with im­ages as­so­ci­ated with smok­ing quilted through­out. It was quilted as a plea for the rel­a­tive to stop smok­ing.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

Back of Ashes to Ashes quilt.

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