If you’re heading to the AQS Show & Contest at the Convention Center this Wednesday, be sure to stop and admire Susanne Zientarski’s quilt, Resurrection. I adore the blues, greens, and purples she has chosen to use in this particular quilt, and I can’t wait to see it in person!
Susanne has been quilting for about 12 years now. It all started when her husband dropped her off at the Lancaster Quilt Show on his way to playing golf. She was amazed at the beauty of the quilts and found herself buying hand dyed fabric without knowing anything about quilting, but that was soon to change! Quilting soon became a major interest for her in life. She has exhibited her quilts previously as The Quilter’s Heritage Show in Lancaster, The Pennsylvania Quilt Extravaganza, Maine Quilts, and her local quilt shows in New York. Several of her quilts have won ribbons and are now on display in churches and private collections. This is her first American Quilting Society Show and she is very proud to be entering and displaying a quilt she has worked on for quite some time now.
Sarah: What’s the story behind this quilt?
Susanne: I began Resurrection last spring in a class offered at the Quilter’s Heritage Show in Lancaster by George Siciliano which allowed everyone to choose the blocks and colors they wanted to use to make their own designs. Since it was just before Easter, I was thinking of the Passion of Our Lord and the spiritual rebirth that His sacrifice gave us as well as the rebirth of the earth. So, I chose purple and green as my primary colors.
Sarah: Where do you find your inspiration for quilting?
Susanne: My faith is the inspiration for my religious quilts and praying for guidance is part of the process. Working with fabric, color, and thread I’m always trying to improve technically through practice and new techniques with the goal of reaching my personal best always with God’s help.
Sarah: What are you looking forward to most about your stay in Lancaster County?
Susanne: It’s a relaxing pleasure to return to Lancaster where my husband and I have been vacationing for 40 years, so you know we like the area, and where we continue to find new things to see and do. I’m particularly interested in seeing, for the first time, this new AQS Quilting Show being held at the convention center in the heart of Lancaster. If you have never attended a quilt show I hope you visit the area and attend this one. Perhaps you, too, will start an enduring interest.
Something you don’t want to miss is the Quilters Party held at Mulberry Arts Studio Thursday, March 25 from 6-8:30pm – just 3 blocks from the Convention Center! It’s FREE to AQS attendees! There will be music, door prizes, quilt shops, demonstrations, and even free shoulder massages!