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Mobile — An exhibit by the Azalea City Quilters' Guild was showcased at the University of South Alabama Marx Library from May 1 – June 30, 2014. The quilts were on display in the Mary Elizabeth and Charles Bernard Rodning Gallery of Art on the third floor of the Marx Library.
This exhibit entitled, "The Challenge," featured all levels of quilting skills from beginner to advanced. The Guild encouraged its members to extend their skills and move out of their comfort zones with a yearly challenge. In this challenge, participating members selected the instructions randomly and must follow through with specific colors, sizes, and theme.
A variety of quilting techniques from hand quilting to intricate machine quilting were represented in the display: some quilts are pieced together one fabric at a time, others are appliquéd using fabric applied on top of another fabric and attached by hand or machine, and still others are painted and embellished with thread and yarns. This display reflected the Guild's strong emphasis on educating and teaching an old art in a modern way using technology and improved machines and tools.
Members participating in the exhibit were Janice Andrews, Betty Todd, Carol Balch, Susan Mogan, Joan Dodici, Sharron Potts, Nancy Goodman, Bonnie Johnson, Susan Garrett, Nancy Lancaster, Yvonne Taylor, Annette Oliver, Charlotte Mott, Shawn Sumrall, Wilma Toney, Nina Clotfelter, Janet Henry, Judy Phillips, Janie Lloyd, Mary Warfield, Barbara Bayer, Tia Bourke, Linda Evans, and Elaine Williams.
The Azalea City Quilters' Guild (ACQG) is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1980. Its purpose is to promote the appreciation of quilting, while members develop their skills and learn new techniques. Members share an interest in the art of quilting and have joined together to educate the public about this beautiful American art form. The Guild members exemplify a vast array of talents and skill levels. Several ACQG members have been published in various quilt-related publications and have taught around the Southeast. Members have also entered their work in area, national, and international shows.
Quilting, Abstract, Expressive
Arts and Humanities
Jagworks, "The Challenge" (2014). Libraries Galleries and Outreach History. 12.