Sequim resident exhibits work at international show

Sequim’s own Marla Varner will have two of her quilts featured at QuiltCon 2017, an international modern quilt show that will make its East Coast debut in late February in Savannah, Ga.

QuiltCon is held each year by the Modern Quilt Guild (MQG), a nonprofit organization that supports and encourages the growth and development of modern quilting.

Varner’s work was one of 350 quilts selected from a pool of over 1,500 entries for this year’s show. Her work was chosen by a jury of modern quilters.

She has been quilting for over 20 years and is a member of the Bainbridge Island MQG. Her modern quilts often are created using her own hand-dyed fabrics and her signature hand-quilting.

“I am so delighted to show my quilts in Savannah this year,” Varner said.

“It’s my second time exhibiting quilts at QuiltCon and I am honored to have been selected alongside some of the world’s top modern quilters. I am thrilled to have this opportunity to share my work and to contribute to the exhibition.”

This year, Varner will exhibit her two modern quilts: “Trestle Nestle” 56 inches by 51 inches and “Jubilant” 28 inches by 30 inches.

She won a Quilting Excellence Award at QuiltCon 2015 in Austin, Texas, for her quilt “Coral Reef” and after was able to start her own small business called Penny Lane Quilts. She maintains a quilt blog at pennylanequilts.com and is excited to attend QuiltCon in Savannah this February.

Along with Varner, Port Angeles Middle School teacher Kathy Greer also was selected to have two of her quilts featured in QuiltCon 2017 and Sequim High School graduate Anna Boenish will give three lectures at the show.

Greer also is a member of the Bainbridge Island MQG and won the Minimalist Design Category with her “Bubble Gum” quilt last year at QuiltCon.

“Creating every quilt is meaningful and having one accepted into QuiltCon is always an exciting surprise,” Greer said.

The show will run from Feb. 23-26 coming to Savannah for the first time. This year’s event will feature the best in modern quilting design and workmanship.