Quincy going crazy for quilts

Mona Hill
Staff Writer

Carolyn Kenney is co-vice president of Quincy Crazy Quilters, a quilting instructor at Feather River College and an Eleanor Burns Quilt in a Day certified instructor. She is also the featured quilter for the guild’s biennial quilt show, Crazy About Quilts.

Crazy About Quilts runs May 21 – 22, at the Plumas-Sierra County Fairgrounds in Quincy.

Kenney began hand piecing and quilting about 13 years ago. Although she does a lot of machine piecing and quilting now, she still completes a hand quilt every two years. She finds machine piecing allows for techniques that hand piecing cannot match. She still enjoys the process of creating something completely hers, start-to-finish, by hand.

It seems as if every month, she has two or three quilting projects to share with fellow guild members.

In addition to Kenney’s quilts, quilters have entered 140 quilts of all sizes and shapes in the show. Entry categories include large and small bed quilts, home decor, miniature quilts, quilted clothing and more.

The show also includes the 2010 Hoffman Challenge quilts and dolls. Each year fabric manufacturer Hoffman California-International Fabrics selects a new fabric and quilters submit their entries using the fabric line.

While there are cash prizes awarded, the prestige of placing in the challenge is a great honor, as collections travel to quilt shows around the United States and Canada.

This year, the guild’s show also coincides with Plumas County’s inaugural barn quilt tour. Kenney was also the force behind the barn quilt program.

With the assistance of Mary Weddle, the county’s 4-H clubs, arts community and business leaders, barn quilt squares are going up on historical barns in American and Sierra valleys. See the related story elsewhere on this page.

Maps are available free at the show and from Plumas County Visitors Bureau and the Quincy Chamber of Commerce.

For more information about the show, email



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