By Marj Oleske
“I’m not a sewer. I prefer to call myself a wildlife artist.” Monty Fralick of Martin has spent the cold winter days of the past two years perfecting the craft of quilting, with most of his quilts having a wildlife theme.
Three of his quilts earned ribbons at the Chadron Festival of Quilts held in the Assumption Arena over the weekend of April 4 through 7. His piece titled “Oak Grove Majesty” which features a buck deer within a traditional star quilt earned Best of Show, and First place in the Large Professionally Machine Quilted category.
His quilt, “Southwest Pots” followed up in second place in the same category. The unique technique of painting with fabric paint on top of the quilt made an impression on the judges. The thin painting allows the quilt colors to show through, while the painted areas bring another dimension to the art piece.
A third quilt, “Howling at the Moon,” featured a wolf, and brought home a second place ribbon in the Arts Category.
The Chadron, Nebraska, show featured over 200 quilts from quilters throughout the area. More photos of the winners and a variety of quilts may be seen on the Festival’s facebook page.
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