Grand Forks quilters aim for awards at competition

Two Grand Forks residents could receive awards for their work in a regional quilt competition.

Florence Vatkin’s Lean On Me My Friend quilt.

Florence Vatkin’s Lean On Me My Friend quilt.

Two Grand Forks residents could receive awards for their work in a regional quilt competition.

Emilie Belak and Florence Vatkin of Grand Forks are finalists in the Pacific West Quilt Show taking place Aug. 26 to 28 at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Centre in Tacoma, Wash.

The pieces, entitled Coastal Curtains and Old Machinery Left To Rust by Belak and Lean On Me My Friend by Vatkin, will compete with 227 quilts and wearable art entries from 18 states and Canadian provinces of the Pacific West region: Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, the Northwest Territories, Oregon, Saskatchewan, Utah, Washington, Wyoming and the Yukon. Over $25,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to winners in 10 categories.

The non-profit organization producing the contest, the Association of Pacific West Quilters (APWQ), was founded in 1992 and is dedicated to promoting the art of quilt making throughout the Western U.S. and Canada.

As of 2011, it will be presenting this judged quilt exhibition on an annual basis.

“We are extremely pleased with the very high standard of the quilts being created in traditional and innovative styles,” says Peggy Sperry, APWQ president.

“From a field of more than 430 entries, 227 were selected. The 2011 Pacific West Quilt Show will be an outstanding exhibition of quilts from our region.”

The Pacific West Quilt Show is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday and runs from Aug. 26 to 28.

For more information please visit www.apwq.org.