“Azalea Shoreline” is a storyteller landscape quilt by Pat Durbin. Durbin, author of Mosaic Picture Quilts: Turn Favorite Photos into Stunning Quilts,” will have work on display at the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Quilt Show March 21-22 at the Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor, NY. Photo:  Pat DurbinFour nationally-known quilters who literally “wrote the book” on how to make storyteller quilts are each sending works for display at the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Quilt Show March 21-22 at the Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor, NY. “We are excited to showcase the works of these notable quilter-authors to inspire those who visit the Great Lakes Seaway Trail show to transform their travel and vacation photos on the byway into wonderful works of quilted art,” says Seaway Trail, Inc. President and CEO Teresa Mitchell.   Quilting Authors from California, Indiana and Ontario, Canada “Mosaic Picture Quilts: Turn Favorite Photos into Stunning Quilts” is the title for a book and the nontraditional picture piecing quilting technique developed by fiber artist and author Pat Durbin of California.   Durbin says, “I strive to make my quilted art closely resemble a photo of a landscape, animals or people using different techniques with fabrics and fibers adding texture and depth.”   Durbin’s technique uses no sewing to first build the quilt top, then straight or free motion quilting to anchor the fabric pieces. Durbin says, “Beginners will feel quite capable with this technique for ‘painting’ with fabrics and a regular home sewing machine.”   Durbin’s quilts have won awards at such prestigious quilt shows as the Pennsylvania National, Houston International, Mid Atlantic Quilt, and American Quilt Society in Paducah, KY. She is sending several works for the 2009 Great Lakes Seaway Trail show.   Beth Wheeler and Lori Marquette comprise Two Sipsters Studio in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Wheeler has written more than 44 books about sewing, quilting and crafting and publishes Muttonhead® quilting patterns and products featuring her passion for technique and design. Marquette is a freelance artist-quilter whose designs have a therapeutic persuasion.   Wheeler and Marquette’s quilting has been exhibited throughout the U.S. Their work often begins with a photograph that they turn into “fabric postcards,” digital collage “Quilties,” and works of Threadography®. Wheeler and Marquette, coauthors of Altered Photo Artistry, will have six quilts on display at the 2009 Great Lakes Seaway Trail Quilt Show.   Pamela Allen of Kingston, Ontario, has recently produced a 120-minute instructional video for quilters titled, “Think Like An Artist.” Allen, who has also recently been nominated for Teacher of the Year by Professional Quilter Magazine, says, “I favor an informal style where the image is developed as a sort of stream of consciousness. This works well with my drawing-with-scissors technique for developing the quilt narrative by additions and reductions depending on how the composition is developing.”   Among the several storytelling style works Allen is sending for display at the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Quilt Show are ones titled, “3 Guinea Fowl,” “A Big English Breakfast,” “Domestic Goddess,” and “A Very Stingy Tooth Fairy.”   The Great Lakes Seaway Trail Quilt Show will also feature a display and competition of storyteller quilts and wallhangings featuring “favorite” Seaway Trail public places. By individuals and community groups from across the 518-mile byway that hugs the St. Lawrence River, Lake Ontario, Niagara River and Lake Erie shoreline. Show winners compete for $500 in prizes and will be selected by show visitors’ Viewer’s Choice balloting. Rules and entry from are online at www.seawaytrail.com.   Mitchell says, “We expect to have quilts telling the stories of the 200th anniversary of the Niagara Frontier, the joy of fishing on the St. Lawrence River, a year in the life of a lighthouse guarding Lake Ontario, and the history of shoreline communities.”   Quilters can also volunteer at the 2009 Seaway Trail quilt show at the Operation Kid Comfort (OKC) booth sponsored by the Fort Drum chapter of OKC to make quilts for military families using photos of soldiers’ and their loved ones. This event is a Yellow Ribbon Event for military families. The 2009 Great Lakes Seaway Trail Quilt Show & Competition will be March 21-22 at the Seaway Trail Discovery Center in the former historic Union Hotel in Sackets Harbor, NY. Admission benefits the Seaway Trail Foundation. For more information, go online to www.seawaytrail.com or call 315-646-1000.

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Photo caption: Jpg:  “Azalea Shoreline” is a storyteller landscape quilt by Pat Durbin. Durbin, author of Mosaic Picture Quilts: Turn Favorite Photos into Stunning Quilts,” will have work on display at the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Quilt Show March 21-22 at the Seaway Trail Discovery Center in Sackets Harbor, NY. Photo:  Pat Durbin  

Contact:  Teresa Mitchell, 315-646-1000