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McPhersonSentinel - McPherson, KS
  • Quilts on display at Opera House

  • To celebrate the holiday season The Heritage Gallery, located in the McPherson Opera House, is hosting a display of quilts by Kristina Carlson, Colleen Westerman and Sondra Tolle.
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  • To celebrate the holiday season The Heritage Gallery, located in the McPherson Opera House, is hosting a display of quilts by Kristina Carlson, Colleen Westerman and Sondra Tolle.
    Some quilts are traditional, containing cloth from a dress or shirt and pieced in blocks. Some quilts are contemporary and have themes of music, nature, toys and pieced together in an innovative manner.
    Appliquéd forms or embroidery brighten some quilts.
    The quilt artists are bonded together by their love of creating their quilts and sharing ideas.
    Kristina Carlson has enjoyed fabric and color all her life. Her interest was sparked as a child helping her grandmother cut fabric using cardboard templates for quilt blocks.
    She still has some of her grandmother’s quilts as well as quilts made by friends of her grandmother dating from the 1930’s.
    Her current interest in quilting started as grandchildren were coming into her family. Now, they are old enough to start their own projects.
    This past summer she helped granddaughter, Michelle Loder, with her first quilt project for the 4-H fair, which won a first prize ribbon. Carlson lives outside of Lindsborg with husband Bob Brand and a ranch full of cats.
    Colleen Westerman hails from Weirton, W.Va. just outside of Pittsburg, Pa., and has been an avid Galva quilter for almost 12 years. She started her love of quilting in eighth grade home economics class and has been quilting ever since.
    She enjoys long-arm quilting and machine appliqué work, which are evident in many of her designs on display in the exhibit.
    When she is not quilting, she is a full time chemist/clinical microscopist and a mother of a six-year-old son who is eager to learn quilting too.
    She believes the holidays are a perfect time to grab a good book, snuggle up on the couch under a favorite quilt and get lost in the pages.
    Sondra Tolle of McPherson has been an avid quilter for many years. She prefers to create hers in unique patterns. The texture of the fabric and the numerous color combinations and shapers keep her inspirations flowing.
    Holiday quilts are one of her favorite projects, and she often has one in progress.
    The exhibit of small quilts by the three friends will be on display at the McPherson Opera House Heritage Gallery through November and December.
    Opera House hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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