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Patterns & News: News

Balloon Museum Quilt Challenge Exhibition Opened Sunday, May 16

Pieces of the Sky: The Balloon Museum Quilt Challenge

by Toni Fleisher, The City of Albuquerque Cultural Services Department

Albuquerque, NM, May 21, 2010 — Twenty beautiful original quilt blocks with original designs were unveiled at the Balloon Museum on Sunday, May 16, each reflecting the artist’s own view of the sky.

Eighteen quilters from the U.S. and Canada participated in the challenge that was organized by the Anderson-Abruzzo Albuquerque International Balloon Museum and the New Mexico Quilters Association, and sponsored by the Balloon Museum Foundation. Each piece is a 16-inch square finished quilt block, with subject matter ranging from whimsical to historical, scientific to natural. Quilt styles include: pieced, mixed technique, appliqué, and original/innovative designs. U.S. entries came from Arizona, California, Illinois, North Carolina, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Texas and Wisconsin. One entry is from Quebec, Canada.

Each piece is accompanied by a short statement by the artist detailing inspiration for the quilt and/or describing the materials and techniques used. The incredible variety of designs, colors, materials and subjects depicted in the display will inspire visitors with their creativity and beauty. Entries are being judged by a National Quilters Association Certified Quilt Judge and ribbons awarded in each category. A “Judge’s Choice” ribbon will also be awarded.

While at the museum to view the beautiful quilt squares be sure to visit all of the special and permanent exhibits, including the most recently installed special exhibit, “Sky Sailing!” where you can learn about the mechanics of flight that define the large hang glider, paraglider and sailplane hanging in the museum’s soaring spaces.

In addition to offering visitors a “WOW” experience as they discover the “world of wonder” that is the museum and learn amazing facts about ballooning and other forms of flight, the Balloon Museum offers its soaring spaces for rent to groups and individuals for events large and small. To learn more, contact Toni Fleisher at 505-768-6028 or toni@cabq.gov.

The Balloon Museum is located at 9201 Balloon Museum Drive NE just south of Balloon Fiesta Park (North of Alameda) and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. year-round (closed Mondays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and City holidays that fall on Mondays). Admission is $4.00 for adults ($3.00 for NM residents), $2.00 for seniors 65+, $1.00 for children ages 4-12, and children 3 and under FREE. Admission is free on Sundays from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., and all day on the first Friday of every month. Balloon Museum Foundation members, ICOM, AAM, and NMAM members are FREE. For more information, call 505-768-6020, visit www.cabq.gov/balloon, or call 311. For accessibility, call Relay NM or 711.