MARCH 10, 1997

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Leap of fame for local art quilter

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The 1997 Commemorative Art Quilt Series: Helen Thompson's piece is located in the second row from the bottom, middle square.
Photo courtesy of CQA.

local art quilter by Deborah Stone
Bothell resident Helen Thompson was one of ten quilt artists invited to create a fiber piece in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Contemporary Quilt Art Association (CQA) of Seattle. Each artist designed and constructed a quilt in their own personal style on the theme "Celebration."
   The finished pieces are each eighteen inches by eighteen inches and together make up the 1997 Commemorative Art Quilt Series, an exhibit which will travel throughout the year to businesses, arts organizations, stores, and private homes. It is one of ten events CQA has planned in 1997 to observe its anniversary.
   Helen's quilt is titled Higher 'n' A Kite and represents her leap into the world of art quilts. "Finally, I'm acknowledging I'm an artist--putting myself on the line. I'm higher than a kite," she said.
   Originally from Idaho, Helen is a homemaker who has sewn and quilted for the past thirty-five years. About eight years ago, she made the transition to art quilting. "I wanted to try taking it from the craft into the art. The challenges and creativity aspects intrigued me," Thompson said.
   Recently she sold her first piece at an exhibition and was ecstatic at finally feeling professional. "Being in a show and selling my work really validates what I'm doing. It's a wonderful honor," she responded. She credits her success to lots of hard work and to the support and networking system of the Contemporary Quilt Art Association.
   To view the 1997 Commemorative Art Quilt Series and have the opportunity to purchase a chance to win this unique collection of work by nationally and internationally recognized quilt artists, visit the Calico Basket in Edmonds, March 15-17, or Quiltworks Northwest in Bellevue on March 29th. For more information on other venue dates and places, call Stephanie Randall Cooper at 745-2115.