Quilts might have started out as utilitarian, but today they are created more as art.
Just ask Sue White of Pasco, who has seen her quilt-making evolve into an art form she thoroughly enjoys.
When she was asked to create a wall art quilt for the annual Tri-City Quilters Guild show, which is March 21-22 at the Three Rivers Convention Center in Kennewick, she didn't hesitate to take up the challenge.
She partnered with well-known Northwest photographer John Clement of Kennewick to create a quilt to mirror one of his award-winning photographs.
"I was immediately interested because art quilts are what I most enjoy doing," White said. "To use one of John's photographs as inspiration for the piece was all I needed to enthusiastically agree to participate."
The first thing White and Clement did was peruse his website to decide which photograph would make the ideal theme for the quilt.
Clement told the Herald he picked a series of images that he thought would tie into the flavor of the Mid-Columbia and the theme for the quilt show, which is A Quilters Journey.
"When the guild approached me about using one of my images for the raffle quilt, I agreed (because) it was something I always wanted to do," Clement said. "Artz Vineyard Fall was chosen, which is located at Red Mountain with Rattlesnake Mountain in the background from an angle most people don't see.
"The quilt turned out wonderful, and I'm proud to have been part of the process."
The 32-by-53-inch quilt, titled Wine Country Dream, will be auctioned off at the show.
"We wanted a photo that captured key elements we love about our Mid-Columbia landscape, and also emphasized our burgeoning wine industry," White said. "The design of the quilt followed the photo fairly closely but used hand-dyed and hand-painted fabric to add a unique feeling."
She also pieced different forms of appliqus to provide textural effects and variety to the construction, she said.
It took four months to create and definitely pushed her creative side to the limit, she said.
There will be a slew of quilts making their debut at the show, all designed and created by the guild's members.
Guest artist this year is Carolyn Barnes, author of Color: The Quilter's Guide and The Quilter's Color Club. She will give a lecture on using colors in quilting at 1 p.m. March 22.
Also featured at the show will be a display of changing-yet-unchanging trends in quilting called Everything Old Is New Again, which features new quilts inspired by vintage quilting projects.
Hours for the show are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 21 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 22. The Three Rivers Convention Center is next to the Toyota Center off Columbia Center Boulevard in Kennewick.
Admission to the show is $5 at the door.
-- Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @dorioneal