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Youngs quilt in national show semifinals

by: contributed photo “Sisters Scape,” a picture quilt, has been accepted as a semifinalist at an international quilting showcase competition. The quilt depicts the Three Sisters, volcanic peaks in Oregon, surrounded by such common Northwest sights as fir trees, flowers, rivers and fish.

Sharon Young has been quilting for 12 years. Young hopes all that crafting will pay off when one of her latest pieces, 'Sisters Scape,' is judged as a semifinalist in the American Quilting Society Quilt Show, an international quilting competition in Knoxville, Tenn.

'I like the art. I find it therapeutic,' Young said. 'It's cheaper than a psychiatrist! Well, most of the time …'

Her entry will be on display at the Knoxville Convention Center from July 13-16, along with 296 other pieces in this third annual contest.

There will be five categories, with a total of more than $44,000 in cash awarded to winners, including $10,000 for best of show and $5,000 each for Best Hand, Machine and Longarm Workmanship winners. The event is expected to draw more than 15,000 people.

Quilts have been entered from 36 states and seven countries. This means methods and styles will widely vary, from traditional designs to painted and embellished motifs. Winners will be announced just prior to the opening of the show on the morning of July 13.

Young is no stranger to quilting shows and competitions. She decided to enter 'Sisters Scape,' which features classic images of Northwest nature, knowing it would be a unique entry among national and international contenders.