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Bulletin, ProgressiVe, Record, Reporter Wednesday, May 18, 2011 1B REGIONAL Quinc], crazy:for quilts Mona Hill Staff Writer mhill@plumasnews.com arolyn Kenney is co-vice president of Quincy Crazy Quilters, a quilting instructor at Feather River College and an Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day certified instructor. She is also the featured quilter for the guild's biennial quilt show, Crazy About Quilts. Crazy About Quilts runs May 21 - 22, at the Plumas- Sierra County Fair- grounds in Quincy. Kenney began hand piecing and quilting about 13 years ago. Although she does a lot of machine piecing arid quilting now, she still completes a hand quilt eve .ry two years. She finds machine piecing allows for techniques that hand piecing cannot match. She still enjoys the process of creating some- thing completely hers, start-to-finish, by hand. It seems as ff every month, she has two or three quilting projects to share with fellow guild members. In addition to Kenney's quilts, quilters have en- tered 140 quilts of all sizes and shapes intheshow. Entry categories include large and small bed quilts, home decor, miniature quilts, quilted clothing and more. The show also includes the 2010 Hoffman Chal- lenge quilts and dolls. Each year fabric manufac- turer Hoffman California- "African Kaleidoscope" by Carolyn Kenney. For more photos, see Quilts on page 16B. Photo courtesy Quincy Crazy Quilters ......... International Fabrics selects a new fabric and quilters submit their en- tries using the fabric line. While there are cash prizes awarded, the prestige of placing in the challenge is a great honor, as collections travel to quilt shows around the United States and Canada. This year, the guild's show also coincides with Plumas County's inaugural barn quilt tour. Kenney was also the force behind the barn quilt program. With the assistance of Mary Weddle, the county's 4.H clubs, arts community and business leaders, barn quilt squares are going up on historical barns in American and Sierra valleys. See the related story elsewhere on this page; Maps are available free at the show and from Plumas County Visitors Bureau and the Quincy Chamber of Commerce. For more information about the show, email qcqguild@yahoo.com. Where: Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds, 204 Fair- grounds Road, Quincy When: Saturday, May 21, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday, May 22, 10 a.m. -4 p.m. Cost: $6 per person Carolyn Kenney, featured quilter at "Crazy About Quilts." Photo by Mona Hill Demonstration schedule Saturday, May 21 11 a.m., wool appliquG Paula Brown 1 p.m., selvage projects, Mary Weddle 3 p.m., English paper piecing, Katherine Kinne Sunday, May 22 11 a.m., cord diva, Donna Meyers 1 p.m., yo-yos (two methods), Kimi Coates Mona Hill Staff Writer mhill@plumasnews.com Carolyn Kenney is the featured quilter at the Quincy Crazy Quilters "Crazy About Quilts" show set for May 21 - 22 at the fairgrounds in Quincy. What's more, she's the original force behind the barn quilt movement taking Quincy by storm. Kenney attended a quilting instructor certification class taught by Eleanor Burns, a well-kno,wn quilter, teacher and author. Burns had recently published "Quilt Blocks on American Barns," which features the barn quilt movement in the Midwest. Similar to Pennsylvania hex signs, the tours, called trails, are enormously popu- lar, drawing visitors to look for blocks on old barns over distances up to 9O miles. It all started with Donna Sue Groves in Ohio. She remembered the advertising on barns from her childhood. When she bought a farm in Adams County, her mother asked for a quilt square to be painted on the old tobacco barn. Collaborating with others, she organized quilt squares on barns throughout Adams County and it caught on. Today, an effort is underway to establish a National A Harvest Star appears on Tom and Terry Bengard's barn at 4674 Chandler Road. Organizers ask visitors to be respectful of private property rights and view the star from a safe place along the road. Photo by Cindy Edwards Quilt Trail including Iowa, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia and South Carolina. The idea captured Kenney's imagination and she hopes it will do the same for Plumas County tourism. Last fall, the newspaper featured the beginning of the story in the Regional section. More recently, Greenville began painting its quilt blocks, and this Was also featured in the Regional section of the paper. What began as an idea without funding built momen- tum through the winter. Kenney turned to fellow quilter Mary Weddle, who began to organize donors. Plumas Bank, Quincy Crazy Quilters, Quincy Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Inter- national of Quincy all con- tributed money to the project. Feather River 4-H became involved with the project when Kenney approached Cindy Edwards, another quilter, whose daughter Abby is a 4-H member. Lucia Biunno, 4-H coordi- nator at the University of California Cooperative Extension, found a grant opportunity for more funds, due in only a few days. Edwards wrote the grant application and the project received $2,000. The Finishing Touch, Mountain Building Supply and Sierra Pacific Industries were particularly helpful, according to Kenney and Weddle. Holly Patton and Jamie Winters introduced Kenney to their ICI Paint representative, who agreed to donate the paint. Mountain Building Supply and Sierra Pacific provided lumber and materials. Volunteers from Kenney's Feather River College quilting classes and t!e guild began painting the blocks -- with help from 4-H members in November in Fred Serber's greenhouse at the fairgrounds. Quincy Volunteer Fire Department agreed to help mount the 8-by-8-foot blocks on the barns Kenney and Weddle lined up -- as soon as the Snow melted and the mud dried out. At the same time, guild members ,were painting and hanging smaller quilt blocks on their houses and in their gardens. Now, as the blocks go up on barns around the Quincy area, merchants in down- town Quincy are beginning to display smaller 2-by-2-foot blocks in their windows and on their businesses. For information about how to make barn quilt squares, contact The Finishing Touch at 283-2834 where kits are on sale, complete with pattern choices and instructions. Plumas Arts and the Plumas County Visitors Bureau are helping to pro- mote the tour as well. Or stop by the quilt show and talk with Kenney; she'll have a display of smaller blocks at.her booth in addition to her beautiful quilts, and tour maps will be available. Historical barns Barn Quilt Driving Tour Tom and Terry Bengard, 4674 Chandler Road Phillip Bresciani, 1843 Quincy Junction Road Marge Clarke, 2025 Lee Road Thelma Dyrr, 503 Crescent St. (Highway 70/89) Molding Mill, 31 Quincy Junction Road Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds, Serpilio Hall and 4-H Building, 204 Fairgrounds Road Thompson Valley Ranch, 905 La Porte Road Please enjoy these colorful barn quilts from public roads and high- ways while enjoying our beautiful rural cou'ntryside. There are several areas along the road to puff off safely for a better view and photograph the barn quilts. All the historical barns are located oo private property. Please respect the privacy of the property owners by not trespassing. II00II00000000gnlllB ! 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