Sat, Apr 3, 2004
By MATTHEW EVANS
SANDY -- A quilt with a national following is set to be the star of the Home Machine Quilting Show in mid-April.
The inaugural three-day event boasts hands-on workshops by 19 artists and instructors, quilt competitions, more than 100 exhibits, product demonstrations, oodles of prizes and an enormous quilt display.
The highlight, though, is "The Supper," a quilted reproduction of Leonardo Da Vinci's "The Last Supper."
The quilt, which is 15-feet wide and more than 5-feet tall, has been displayed at churches and quilt shows from coast to coast and across the globe.
"We've taken it to 180 different shows in 23 states and three foreign countries: Spain, England and France," said Donald E. Locke of Texas, who designed the quilt.
"It's amazing, everywhere we go people have the same reaction. They're just in awe."
"The Supper" is made up of 350 different fabrics, some hand-dyed, and is cut into 51,816 half-inch squares.
The quilt was made with the help of a computer-generated image of Da Vinci's painting.
The design process alone took 30 months and was finished in the summer of 1999.
After the design phase, fellow Texan and renowned quilter and instructor, Linda Taylor, began assembling the quilt.
It took her three weeks -- the longest she has ever worked on a quilt.
"It was the most challenging project I have ever worked on because when you are close to the quilt, it is hard to see the figures," she said in a press release.
Jennifer Pond, spokeswoman for the quilting show, said more than 5,000 people are expected to attend the extravaganza, which will be held at the South Towne Expo Center, 9575 S. State Street, in Sandy, from April 15-17.
"We have people coming in from all over the nation because of the instructors we have," she said.
Getting "The Supper" quilt and its creators to attend was a coup, she said.
"It's tied up almost every weekend, so it was really great luck that it was available," Pond said.
In addition to the appearance by "The Supper," there will be a host of give-aways, including a Brother sewing machine, a B-Line Home Quilting System and a weekend quilting retreat for two at a log cabin resort in north-central Idaho, donated by the Quilt House Bed & Breakfast.
Tickets are $7, but $1 coupons are available at quilting and fabric shops across the Beehive State or at www.hmqs.org.
Registration is also available online. For more information call 205-4701.