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Rita Young Kilstrom featured quilter at show

STAFF PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE  - Rita Young Kilstrom of West Linn will be the featured quilter at this weekends Festival of Quilts.

West Linn resident Rita Young Kilstrom will be the featured quilter at the 42nd-annual quilt show, “A Festival of Quilts” this May. The event, organized by the Northwest Quilters, will be held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 6 and 7 at Portland Expo Center.

Kilstrom says quilting is a lifelong passion. Since discovering the world of quilting and wearable art in 1989, she has taken many classes and seminars to increase her knowledge of the craft.

This has led to a career of teaching and presenting programs to quilt guilds, shops and conferences throughout the Western United States.

Articles about her technique have been published in quilting magazines and books regularly.

“My work is all over the map,” she said. “I guess you could describe it as tradition with a modern aesthetic because it does vary. If I learn a new technique I have to try it.”

Kilstrom’s quilting will be displayed in a special area; and more than 200 other quilts will be displayed during the exhibition. They are displayed in various categories according to their construction and a team of evaluators will informally award ribbons for the best in each category.

A silent auction will be held and more than 40 vendors of quilting equipment will selling items.

The popular Build-A-Block project is back this year.

“Visitors use pieces of fabric to design 12-inch blocks which will be sewn together and used in our charity quilts,” said Rosemary Hamerton-Kelly, chairwoman of the Quilt Show. “This gives people a taste of the fun quilters have when they pick colors and shapes to put together to make something beautiful. We have hundreds of precut fabric pieces in all possible colors for everyone to play with. Any block designed by a child gets sewn on the spot so the child can see how it looks when it’s finished. Information on where we donate the quilts can be found on our website under ‘Comforting Quilts.’”

Hamerton-Kelly said the Quilts of Valor booth showcases quilts made for veterans and returning servicemen.

You can learn more about the national Quilts of Valor program on the website also.

“We also have demonstrations on hand quilting and tying quilts,” Hamerton-Kelly said. “The Lace Society of Portland and the Latimer Textile and Quilt Museum from Tillamook will be there to show their work.”

Food and beverages will also be available and the venue is wheelchair-accessible. Admission is free.

Portland Expo Center is located at 2060 N. Marine Drive in Portland.

Contact Barb Randall at 503-636-1281 ext. 100 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..