Northwest NEWS

July 31, 2000

Local News

Bothell resident is finalist in regional quilt competition


Linda Lunt's quilt, "Southwestern Stripes" will compete at the Great Pacific Northwest Quiltfest next week.
Photo courtesy of Linda Lunt.

by Deborah Stone
   Local resident Linda Lunt of Bothell is a finalist in the Great Pacific Northwest Quiltfest, to be held August 11-13 at The Seattle Center.
   Lunt's entry, titled "Southwestern Stripes" will compete with 221 quilts and wearable art entries from Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia, Idaho, Montana, Northwest Territories, Oregon, Washington and The Yukon.
   Nearly 600 entries were received, from which jurors selected the finalists. Cash and major prizes, including top of the line sewing machines, will be awarded to winners in nine categories. The Association of Pacific Northwest Quilters is a nonprofit organization founded in 1992 to encourage and reward quiltmakers of the Pacific Northwest and western Canada by producing this popular regional event every two years.
   Lunt came upon the art of quilting purely by accident. She had always been into crafts, specifically macramé and was at a craft show when she noticed a quilting exhibit nearby.
   While viewing the display, it dawned on her that the patterns found in the quilts were ones she surrounded herself with in her house.
   "These types of designs were in my pot holders, dish towels and many of my fabrics," explains Lunt. "I discovered that this type of graphic design really appealed to me, so I decided to learn how to quilt."
   Her initial experiences made her realize that this type of art form suited her well because of her love of working with color and lines, as well as with different materials.
   She says, "Quilting allows me to use my visual sense and creative abilities in a very rewarding and stimulating way."
   Lunt's ideas come from the environment and they are stimulated by the shapes she sees in nature and man made objects.
   "I conceive of my world in shapes," she explains. "I'm fascinated with patterns and found that what I really like is called abstract art. I see tall buildings with sharp edges and interesting lines, for example, and I immediately start thinking about a possible quilt pattern."
   Lunt quilts daily and has a wall in her house covered with felt on which she works. She puts various pieces of fabric on the felt, trying different combinations to find out what works within her composition.
   "I have preliminary color choices and suitable fabrics chosen, but I really don't have a fully preconceived notion of the quilt," explains Lunt. "I audition pieces and experiment until I find what I want. Each piece effects what other pieces I will use."
   Lunt's quilts feature bright, bold colors of irregularly shaped fabric pieces that she hand cuts and she uses a raw edged collage applique technique.
   She has had many local exhibitions of her work and has taught quilting, both at festivals and in stores.
   Her quilts have also made it in various publications, including newspapers, newsletters and brochures.
   "Southwestern Stripes," Lunt's Quiltfest entry, was inspired by the Arizona desert. "She says, "I lived in Phoenix for twenty years and there's lots of red in the soil, in places where no watering is done. The desert is a harsh place without a lot of green. When you see green, it's because someone is taking care to water to get vegetation. My quilt is mostly red, but does have some green to show this watering. There's also a jagged line in the middle which reminds me of Indian art somehow."
   For Lunt, this quilt is her first to be accepted into this contest as a finalist.
   She says, "I feel good as it's a major accomplishment for me, as there were so many entries."
   Lunt's desire is to eventually get her work into a national show, but what will always remain most important to her is the development of her art.
   "The creative process transforms me: it enables me to experience life more fully, with sharper awareness and deeper appreciation."